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Hyundai's ascent continues

by Paddy Comyn on 11 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | Hyundai's ascent continues

Hyundai's assault on the new automobile market has gathered pace and the Korean brand's renaissance has meant that the firm looks set to become a top-five seller by 2013. Back in 2007 Hyundai had 3.67 per cent market share but was mainly selling Santa Fes and Tuscon SUVs, with its more mainstream models not really making much of a dent against the heavy-hitters of Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Hyundai Veloster: on sale in January

Both fast-forward to 2011 and the brand has reinvented itself and with the arrival of the i40 Tourer and i40 Saloon it looks set to…

On track in the 2012 BMW M5

by Shane O' Donoghue on 23 Sep 2011

changagoidem Features | On track in the 2012 BMW M5

Hopefully you've already seen our first drive of the BMW M5? There's no debate; it's a five-star automobile. Paddy actually wanted to award it six out of five... Anyway, following the publication of the first drive we got to bring the automobile to the Asautomobilei Race Resort in Spain to see what it could do at and beyond the limits. I know it's pretty irrelevant given that few buyers of this €132,000 saloon are ever going to dare take it on a circuit, but it does help understand the automobile's…

Renault Grand Scenic EDC Dynamique

by Paddy Comyn on 23 Aug 2011

changagoidem Features | Renault Grand Scenic EDC Dynamique

The Renault Scenic has enjoyed bursts of popularity on the Irish market over the years and for a while was the default choice in the seven-seater category. But once more mainstream players such as Ford and Toyota started upping their interest in this segment, twinned with some shoddy build and reliability from the Renaults, the Scenic’s popularity began to wane. We must admit it had been quite a while since we spent any time in a Renault Scenic, but what with Renault’s new-found popularity thanks to giveaway prices, and a new gearbox offering in the Scenic we decided it was…

Hyundai Montana: Big and bloody useful

by Paddy Comyn on 08 Aug 2011

changagoidem Features | Hyundai Montana: Big and bloody useful

Unless you have jumped into a taxi in one of the larger towns or cities in Ireland recently then you probably won’t have come across the Hyundai Montana. And here in Ireland there really isn’t that much call for vehicles with more than seven seats outside of the taxi business. But are we missing a trick?


A family event in Cork required lots of seats and lots of space, but when you go beyond seven people your options are few. The problem, too, with a lot of seven seaters is that with all the seats in place there is…

Toyota Land Cruiser: 60 years and counting

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Aug 2011

changagoidem Features | Toyota Land Cruiser: 60 years and counting

The week I picked up Toyota's latest Land Cruiser for test fortuitously coincided with the 60th anniversary of the big off-roader. August 1st is the official birthday of the beast and this particular test automobile bears a smattering of '60th Anniversary' badges lest we forget.

Badges aside it's impossible to ignore; this is one huge automobile. Thankfully all that space taken up on the road is used to good effect inside, as, no matter what size you are you'll have loads of room - front or back. There's even a pair of extra seats folded into floor of the…

Spending time with an old friend

by Paddy Comyn on 05 Aug 2011

changagoidem Features | Spending time with an old friend

It all happened by accident. I was supposed to collect the Seat Ibiza ST, a automobile which sounds like it has performance potential, but is really just a Seat Ibiza Estate, which Shane had driven before anyway. But when I showed up at Seat's Liffey Valley headquarters, the Ibiza had gone AWOL and the Leon 1.6 TDi was offered by way of a replacement.

It had been quite a while since I had driven a Leon. Probably because it is a long time since the Leon was released. It has been around since…


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