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What does Budget 2012 mean to the motorist?

by Paul Healy on 08 Dec 2011

changagoidem Features | What does Budget 2012 mean to the motorist?

One quick thinking commentator described Enda Kenny's State of the Nation address - which seemed to prepare us for the most hard hitting and austere budget in living memory - as the pep talk you receive from the dentist before he starts a root canal. But on the face of it Budget 2012 was not as bad as we had been lead to believe. Certainly changagoidem.ie is happy that the tub of Vaseline we had to hand as Michael Noonan delivered his first as Minister for Finance has now been returned to the medicine cabinet...

Changes to the Universal Social…

Our Volkswagen Golf gets winter tyres

by Shane O' Donoghue on 25 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | Our Volkswagen Golf gets winter tyres

We regularly bang on about winter tyres and their merits so we've put our money where our mouths are this year and fitted a set of Bridgestone winter rubber to all four wheels of the changagoidem.ie Golf BlueMotion. It gave us an excuse to have the automobile cleaned again too. It's so easy to take one of the few permanent automobiles in the household for granted when there are so many shiny new models passing through our hands.

Have to admit that the clean has really brought up the paintwork and though the Golf doesn't turn heads in black…

What does the Automobile of the Year mean to the industry?

by Aidan Timmons - Motor Trade Publishers on 21 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | What does the Automobile of the Year mean to the industry?

It comes as no surprise that this year's Continental Irish Automobile of the Year was a hotly coveted honour. It is being contested against the backdrop of an entirely fragmented market. With January looming and the peak of new automobile sales on the horizon, nabbing Ireland's prestigious award will undoubtedly provide the winner with an invaluable amount of exposure. However, it is not a simple case of the winner takes all. The very fact that some models have made the short list should serve to boost national appeal and manufacturers with a model listed in the top ten should take…

2012 Irish Automobile of the Year voting

by Shane O' Donoghue on 17 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | 2012 Irish Automobile of the Year voting

Today the 2012 Continental Irish Automobile of the Year will be announced at the Convention Centre in Dublin. As mentioned elsewhere, the shortlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Ford C-MAX
Ford Focus
Honda CR-Z
Hyundai i40
Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
Mercedes-Benz SLK
Peugeot 508
Range Rover Evoque

I have the privilege of having a vote and though all members of the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) have the right to vote in private I think it's no harm being open about it. Campbell Spray and I wrote about this in last weekend's Sunday Independent and…

We visited Ferrari to talk about the future...

by Shane O' Donoghue on 16 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | We visited Ferrari to talk about the future...

Thousands of visitors have had the pleasure of walking the hallowed ground of Ferrari's factory in Maranello. What could be sexier than seeing shiny new Ferraris driving out the doors? Many of those visitors probably don't realise that most of the automobiles begin life up the road at the Scaglietti plant. That's where we are for the day at an 'aluminium workshop'.

The 'workshop' word usually sends dread into the hearts of attendee journalists, but even the most cynical would smile as they enter the gates of the Scaglietti plant to be greeted by row upon row of aluminium…

Six crazy designs for the LA Design Challenge

by Shane O' Donoghue on 11 Nov 2011

changagoidem Features | Six crazy designs for the LA Design Challenge

We're big fans of the annual LA Design Challenge that runs alongside the LA Auto Show. It always throws up some bizarre concepts and ideas. This year's theme is "Hollywood's Hottest New Movie Automobile" so the designers had to envisage a whole storyline to go with their bonkers creation. Only six design houses entered the competition, but they've more than made up for the lack of entries. Below is the overview, while the image galleries and articles are linked to on the left. Enjoy.

Honda IH (Intelligent Horse)


Honda's film takes us hundreds of years into the future, where…





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