Sunday, August 20, 2017

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...

Vauxhall Viva turning back the clock for Swindon’s flirty fifties

LOCAL Vauxhall retailer, Skurrays Vauxhall, is encouraging local flirty fifties to rediscover the feeling they had from their early twenties, following the launch of the all-new VIVA model. The ‘This Gran Can’ study, commissioned by Vauxhall Motors found the over...

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...

DRIVEN: Kia Soul – Bringing Back The Fun

TODAY'S featured car is the Kia Soul, seen here in the well specified 'Mixx' trim. The original car first saw the light of day seven years ago and, I'm pleased to say, this current model is a huge step...

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...

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...

Subaru’s Outback is wizard in Oz… and closer to home

MANUFACTURERS spend a great deal of time and effort, not to mention money, when it comes to choosing model names for their range. Even so, it didn’t stop Proton sheepishly coming up with Jumbuck for its pick-up truck – like...

Local mechanic set to represent UK at World Skills Olympics

AWARD-WINNING mechanic Mark Illsley is flying to South Korea this week, to represent the UK in a major automotive competition. Mark is one of only two technicians from the UK who have qualified to represent their country at Hyundai’s World...

Subaru enthusiasts get more mature choice with BRZ

EVERY driver possessing even an ounce of sanity has probably hoped at some time that spotty youths in Subaru Imprezas would one day graduate to something newer and more sophisticated – a more mature choice, if you like. The opportunity...

Peugeot lion is roaring with 3008 launch

AFTER years of being fed a diet of industry-wide “evolutionary” car updates – in other words tweaks rather than a real effort to give us something new – Peugeot 3008 owners can be forgiven if their jaws hit the...

Skurrays celebrate summer with air-con and safety check offer

WITH the summer holidays in full swing and the upcoming heat wave fast approaching, many of us will be taking to the roads to try and make the most of Britain in summertime. And, to ensure your driving is a...

Road test: Cleaner, meaner family travel in SEAT’s Leon

ONE of the biggest headaches facing the VW Group has been positioning each of the marques it controls to best exploit the market. With the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche it has been fairly straightforward – VW and Audi...

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...

Pebley Beach defends regional garage of the year title

SWINDON motor dealer Pebley Beach has been named regional Garage of the Year for second year in a row, thanks to its customers. The competition was run by national reviews website Motor Codes, which allows members of the public to...

Road test: Quiet revolution underlines new Fiesta’s arrival

THESE days, a new car model is more likely to be an evolution than a revolution. It’s the case with the new Fiesta from Ford, much to the relief of those who bought into Britain’s best-selling car over the last...