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Golf decisions: BlueMotion or Edition-R?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 20 Jan 2012

changagoidem Features | Golf decisions: BlueMotion or Edition-R?

There's no doubt that, if fuel economy is your top priority and you're a high-mileage driver, then the BlueMotion version of the Golf is the automobile for you. The official combined consumption figure is 3.8 litres/100km (74.3mpg) and it gets pretty close to that. We're consistently amazed by its ability to avoid fill-ups, even when confined to the environs of Dublin. On the motorway it's peerless.

Though it's not quite peerless, as Volkswagen offers the same 1.6-litre TDI engine in the rest of the Golf range. Sure, you do without a list of further fuel-saving measures that are standard…

Detroit Auto Show round-up: day one

by Shane O' Donoghue on 10 Jan 2012

changagoidem Features | Detroit Auto Show round-up: day one


One of the most talked about automobiles of the show was the Acura NSX concept. Acura is Honda's North American luxury/sports division and so it got to show off the new automobile on its stand. Fear not, it'll be sold as the Honda NSX when it eventually reaches the showroom - by 2014 we reckon. Looks like it'll have about 400hp from its hybrid powertrain and four-wheel drive. The Acura RDX SUV and ILX saloon also on the stand were all but ignored.

Click here to read full Acura NSX concept article.


Detroit Motor Show: the preview

by Paul Healy and Shane O' Donoghue on 06 Jan 2012

changagoidem Features | Detroit Motor Show: the preview

The Cobo Center opens its doors wide to the media on January 9 for the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Here's a preview:


Honda's luxury US division will use the North American International Auto Show to debut a new ILX concept saloon. The Honda Civic-based four-door saloon will be available with either a 2.0- or 2.4-litre four pot or the Civic Hybrid's powertrain (in America only).

A near-production ready second-generation RDX crossover will also be displayed that noticeably, in an automotive world dominated by downsizing, will swap the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of old for a more fuel efficient V6.


Ups and downs in our long term Golf

by Shane O' Donoghue on 05 Jan 2012

changagoidem Features | Ups and downs in our long term Golf

Alright, I admit that winter tyres may not have been necessary as yet, though I did feel vilified in having them fitted to our long term test Golf when the temperature plummeted to zero in the middle of December. Then it decided to come back up to a balmier 14 degrees around Christmas Day...

Still, it's only the first week of January and many are predicting cold weather and snow for later this month.

However, I'm not as ready as I was, as one of the tyres suffered a puncture before the holidays. Annoyingly, it happened on the 23rd…

Ford pimps Santa's ride

by Paul Healy on 23 Dec 2011

changagoidem Features | Ford pimps Santa's ride

We do not normally cover 'celeb gets a free automobile' type stories on changagoidem.ie but this one is a little bit special!

It would appear that Rudolph will not be guiding Santa's sleigh this year with the latest news from the North Pole that jolly old St. Nick has moved into the twenty-first century. With the environmental implications of his 200,237,360km annual journey and the rising cost of the automobilerots that fuel the reindeer weighing heavily on his mind, Father Christmas will this year switch to a Ford EcoBoost powered sleigh.

The new sleigh will allow Kris Kringle to…

Diesel power for a city life?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 15 Dec 2011

changagoidem Features | Diesel power for a city life?

When advising buyers what automobile to go for, one of the first things we ask them is how they'll use it. While Irish drivers are obsessed with diesel power at the moment, petrol automobiles can make sense depending on your circumstances, especially if you're going for a small automobile and you don't plan on astronomical annual mileages. Likewise, petrol-electric hybrids are suited more to a city life than one in which you pound the motorways.

So, where does our Golf BlueMotion fit in? Well, in truth, it's driven in and around Dublin city the vast majority of the time,…



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