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Who was king of the Super Bowl?

by Neil Briscoe on 07 Feb 2017

changagoidem Features | Who was king of the Super Bowl?

Does anyone actually watch the Super Bowl for the football anymore? Well, I say football - American football is of course really rugby for sissies, but to be honest, most of us probably stopped tuning in for the game itself. Nowadays it’s for the half-time show (thank you, Lady Gaga) and, of course, the adverts. American and global companies roll out the big marketing budgets and the Hollywood director phone book for Super Bowl Sunday, confident that they will be placing their products in front of one of the biggest TV audiences of the year.

And which advert was the…

WRC 2017: a new dawn?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | WRC 2017: a new dawn?

Now that the dust (and snow) has settled, Maurice Malone analyses what effect the new World Rally Automobiles have had on the spectacle, and how the viewing public have reacted.

The real thing

An aggressive soundtrack of rising and falling revs, interspersed with the faint popping and banging of anti-lag can be heard further down the valley. Super-intense spotlights do their best to illuminate the icy blackness of the road ahead, the trajectory of their beams switching back and forth like crazy as the automobile negotiates a series of switchback hairpins, highlighting the smoke from campfires lit below. The sound…

Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

Shakin’ Stevens must have been psychic or something because snow really is falling and it is indeed all around. Whether the cold snap is just going to be a light dusting of the white stuff or whether this really is the beginning of the final Snowpocalypse, it seems like a good time to brush up on those winter driving techniques…

Preparation, preparation, preparation…

The first thing to do is make sure your automobile is ready for any serious weather. Tyres are critical here, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that your pressures are correct all round.…

Get ready for less choice in new automobiles

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Get ready for less choice in new automobiles

Is Brexit going to put the squeeze on right-hand drive production?

I got a lift to the airport the other day. Nothing exciting about that, I suppose, but the automobile in which I was being lifted was kind of interesting. It was a Renault Talisman, a big, roomy Volkswagen Passat rival that verges on being the same size as a BMW 5 Series. As we wafted through the streets of Paris on the way to make a connection at Charles De Gaulle airport, it…

Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

by Shane O' Donoghue on 06 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

How soon do you reckon driverless automobiles will dominate the road? It's further away...

In 2015, we experienced Audi's 'Piloted Driving' at its most exciting in the form of 'Bobby', an RS 7 Sportback modified to learn a race track and then lap it at unnervingly fast pace. On its own. The Volkswagen Group has been researching and developing autonomous drive technology for well over a decade, but never before had it grabbed headlines like that.

A lot has happened since then, and today we are in Neuburg, the home of Audi Sport,…

Is this what the automobile makers think of our youth?

by Maurice Malone on 05 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Is this what the automobile makers think of our youth?

Millennials get a lot of stick. Anyone born between 1982 and 2001 is seemingly doomed to be labelled as a Snapchatting, Instagramming, Starbucks-scoffing poser by older generations, but this group is fast becoming the largest demographic. What do automobile manufacturers do when tasked with providing transport solutions for people who have known nothing but advanced technology all their lives?

They get millennials to design their own automobiles of course. Chrysler’s Portal concept is one such example, and it’s just debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger automobile brands at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles…