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Cool-headed motoring for nostalgia fans

FIAT knows a thing or two about nostalgia. The phenomenal success of the 500 city car is illustration enough. But whether or not it needs to revive memories of the 124 Spider from 50 years ago to sell its latest...

New Lexus hybrid is compact and clean way to let off steam

IMAGINE a world where you can drive a compact sports saloon with plenty of muscle and promising 50-plus mpg – without waking up with a diesel clatter. It may seem impossible but a Lexus dealer would say stop imagining and...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: David, Goliath and going into ‘The Bear’

DAVID sleuth Goliath with a sling and a stone, but this election reminded me more of the scene in Independence Day when they fired their nukes at the mothership without effect. The promise Corbyn would become prime minster if she...

Petrol-powered Kodiaq knocks rival SUVs for six

THE row about diesel cars shows no sign of abating, with NOx now the noxious substance of choice rather than CO2. So the higher NOx output of diesels is seen as far more damaging than the higher CO2 generated by...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: ‘Those who have it good think it’s good for...

I WRITE this week’s column sure of one thing; the Conservative Party remains a callous organism, unreliable as Charles Ponzi at the My Little Pony Friendship Club AGM. No apologies, this is not the Beeb. The chance of impartiality here...

Trains, boats, planes and Peugeot with limited lifespan

SOME cars survive in the cut-throat modern market, others seems to wither on the vine and leave you wondering why. A good example of the latter is the Peugeot 508 RXH. It comes as either a 180bhp diesel with six-speed...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Vote with your heart, urge ‘no chance’ Greens

For scarce local fruitcakes pondering amendment from the inflexible supercilious Conservative regime mightn’t be a bad thing, I concluded with an acerbic but obvious notion last week; the price we pay for amiability in this idyllic location is selfish...

Space tourism – available now at Citroen dealers!

“Fly me to the moon” crooned Frank Sinatra. That, and watching the Apollo landings almost 40 years ago, was the closest many of us would ever get to space travel. Now there’s a trend among billionaire entrepreneurs to launch space...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: A country gone to the dogs?

Tories dubbed Labour’s nationalisation manifesto as “a return to the 1970s,” while our titanium-lady called for a return to ripping foxes to shreds and squabbling with Europeans akin to Sir Francis Drake. Whatever fluctuations, Mrs May is certain we’ll...

Can performance of Toyota’s 4×4 SUV live up to its looks?

Toyota’s C-HR is an undeniably striking car. But the overwhelming sense of something different goes far deeper than the amazing body styling – so stunning it makes the hugely popular Nissan Juke look conservative. As soon as you clamp eyes...

Award-winning folk duo heading for Steam

An award-winning folk duo will bring their atmospheric music to Steam, Swindon's famous museum of the Great Western Railway. Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin will perform in the railway museum’s Hawksworth Hall as part of their Out of the Ordinary...

Optima delivers optimism over cleaner driving

Alternative fuel cars, those with electric or hybrid powertrains, were in the ascendancy during the March registration rush, an enthusiasm fuelled in part by the desire to take advantage of their road tax-saving abilities. That saving has largely evaporated. It...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Feeling lucky, punk?

I CAN tell it’s Taser* when my eyes are shut. Okay, that joke may go over the head of younger readers. You don’t see the citrus fizzy pop much these days; it’s all about electrical weapons. Being Wiltshire has one...

Take on a nomadic lifestyle in Nissan’s Qashqai

FEW people will have seen the real Qashqai. These are the people who make up the tribe that wanders the deserts of South West Iran. But lots of people will have seen the Nissan Qashqai, which borrowed the nomads’ identity...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Food festival heads glorious season of events

SO, did everyone have a nice summer? Hopefully it’s warmer by the time you digest this column , especially since we’re entering silly festival season Back in my youth, which wasn’t as long ago as you might think, festivals were far...