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We visit the Top Marques Monaco superautomobile show

by Iain Curry on 26 Apr 2012

changagoidem Features | We visit the Top Marques Monaco superautomobile show

It's the show that gives two fingers to any economic crisis; the ninth edition of Top Marques Monaco held at Monte Automobilelo's Grimaldi Forum is under way, showcasing some of the most exotic and expensive offerings the automotive world has seen.

Alongside luxury boats, limited edition watches, rare jewels and art, at Top Marques the super-rich can view and even experience the latest Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, but also the truly low volume superautomobile manufacturers. Think Pagani, Koenigsegg, Savage, GTA, Roding, Fisker and new Slovenian superautomobile builder Tushek. For those needing to upstage billionaire neighbours, these are the…

So, what's a SEAT Exeo then?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 16 Apr 2012

changagoidem Features | So, what's a SEAT Exeo then?

SEAT is not one of the big automobile brands in Ireland. Just 1,763 new SEATs found homes in Ireland in 2011 and the company's best year recently was 2007, with 3,346 automobiles sold. Half the problem is that its models are not sufficiently differentiated from other Volkswagen Group automobiles, while here in Ireland most buyers are probably just not very aware of the brand.

That's a shame, as SEAT has always tried to add a little Latin passion to the Group's proven competence. It doesn't go far enough if you ask me and hence garners few headlines. I…

Friday fantasy: Small but perfectly formed

by Paul Healy on 16 Mar 2012

changagoidem Features | Friday fantasy: Small but perfectly formed

With the price of oil getting higher by the day and the Government seemingly intent on ta motorists off the road, downsizing is the latest trend to hit the motoring world. Ford recently unveiled the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will power the top selling Focus and the Volkswagen Group is busy with its up!/Mii/Citigo trio that offers big-automobile feel in miniscule little bodies. But have we not seen that before?

After World War 2 the Japanese authorities introduced the Kei-jishoda regulations to light a fire under the beleaguered manufacturers and give the population a cheaper way to get on…

Volkswagen Golf or Touran?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 15 Mar 2012

changagoidem Features | Volkswagen Golf or Touran?

Having spent several months at the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, and then with the Golf Edition-R, it's time to move on. Our next long term test automobile will be a SEAT Exeo, but before that arrives we have the recently updated Volkswagen Touran for a few weeks. You can read our full road test of the Touran here, and we're going to take this opportunity to compare it to living with a Golf. We suspect that's a decision some growing families will have to make.

First up, and despite cosmetic revisions at the end of last year,…

Scoop: more Audi A1 quattros

by Kyle Fortune on 18 Feb 2012

changagoidem Features | Scoop: more Audi A1 quattros

Three hundred and thirty three. That's how many A1 quattros Audi will build. That's not including this rather innocuous red example we spotted at the A1 quattro's launch. It's incomprehensible that Audi has spent all that time and effort squeezing a four-wheel drive transmission into its smallest model for such a tiny production run. And it has admitted as much. 

Sources claim that four quattro-equipped A1s were built over two years ago for appraisal by management. Unlike this red A1, and the 333 production examples, the development automobiles borrowed their engines from the Volkswagen Polo - though nobody would…

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