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Riding shotgun in the 2012 Porsche 911

by Iain Curry on 25 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | Riding shotgun in the 2012 Porsche 911

When: October 2011

Where: Weissach, Germany

What: 2012 Porsche 911

Occasion: Passenger ride

Overall rating: 5/5

The launch of a new Porsche 911 model is always a significant event, but the eagerly-awaited 991 variant is particularly momentous. The new 911 is faster, lighter, longer and more economical than the outgoing 997, and features a raft of technological advances that have contributed to the Automobilerera S bettering its predecessor around the Nürburgring by an almighty 14 seconds. We hitched a ride around Porsche's Weissach test track in one of the 400hp 3.8-litre S offerings.

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BMW's future technology uncovered

by Iain Curry on 12 Oct 2011

changagoidem Features | BMW's future technology uncovered

It's the sort of make-believe technology Q would throw James Bond's way, but BMW is turning dreams into reality with a showcase of future features for its automobiles. Laser headlights; night vision; augmented reality driver assistance; driver gesture recognition: it's all impressive stuff, and not far from becoming commonplace in the firm's model range it seems.

We were given an insight into what to expect in BMWs of the near future at its Research and Innovations Centre in Munich, where 9,000 employees work to enhance convenience, infotainment and increase safety in vehicles.

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.

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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…





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