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10 tips to save your life: Swindon firm Arval release innovative new video

AS CONDITIONS on the road continue to deteriorate, Swindon-based Arval, has developed a short video to share its top 10 road safety tips with drivers. A couple of years ago, the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company pulled its safety tips...

The £5k Bentley: Is this Britain’s best-value motor?

A BENTLEY limousine which originally cost almost £150,000 could be Britain’s best-value motor after it was put up for sale for just £5,000. The 1997 Bentley Turbo R Long Wheelbase was designed by the iconic manufacture to offer the ultimate in...

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...

DRIVEN: The jury is out on the Nissan Juke

THE Nissan Juke has been described as the perfect example of the crossover. Other people can’t stand it. So it is a sort of Marmite car. I guess I’m the man in the middle. I like all the Nissan range...

Eye-catching Mazda CX-3 is as great to drive as it is to look at

THESE days people imagine they have to justify everything they buy with some sensible explanation as to why it’s important in their lives. But what happened to the good, old-fashioned idea that when it comes to buying a car you...

Swindon Honda geared up for production of new 2017 Civic

SWINDON'S Honda factory is gearing up for its new Civic car which will be exported around the world. The new prototype hatchback made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show a couple of weeks ago and it is the...

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...

Volvo: Now a very tasty alternative to the German giants

JUST like Skoda has shaken off its unreliable reputation it is the same with Volvo with its staid moniker. Volvo now produce some of the finest cars around. Since the company broke away from the Ford clutches at the turning...

Seat’s speedy SUV 4×4 takes Salisbury Plain in its stride

IT will outpace a Mark II Jag, still seen as the epitome of the British sports saloon, yet runs on diesel fuel, offers proper family space, and even offers four-wheel drive. Yet an important part of the test for the...

Mitsubishi Outlander gets seal of approval from Swindon and GB speedway boss

THE manager of Team GB and Swindon Robins speedway teams has picked up a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Swindon Mitsubishi has supported Alun Rossiter for the last year and has just provided the former speedway rider with a new plug-in...

Honda Civic Type R facing the chop: I predict a riot

THE Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R, one of the best performance cars on the UK roads, is going to be one of the casualties of the new Civic which is currently being produced at the factory. The ninth Civic, of...

Ford shrinks SUV style into supermini package with 139bhp EcoSport

IT'S not easy to combine some of the more desirable elements of a big car with the footprint of a supermini but the Ford EcoSport shows just how it can be done. Some of the appeal of larger SUV and...

Wiltshire Mitsubishi dominate as group reveals award winners

THE UK's largest independent Mitsubishi dealer group, CCR, has presented its annual awards to its top-performing dealers. The Wiltshire dealerships in Swindon and Melksham won four of the nine awards between them at the ceremony held at Alexandra House, near...

Revamped Ford Mustang still devours the miles in style

KIDS who spent the 60s with their noses pressed against car showroom windows had some pretty amazing performance hardware to drool over. But in amongst all their dreaming was one that was impossible to achieve. The Ford Mustang had whetted...

Audi’s A3 remains A1 for buyer appeal

AUDI'S A3 has been a huge hit with buyers since being launched 20 years ago. Even two years into its life in the UK market it was in such demand that the first diesels retailed for list price new, with...