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...

Hyundai wants you to feel the love

EVERY car manufacturer wants the public to love its products. For Ford it seems almost to be no contest, with the Fiesta showing feisty spirit and dominating the sales charts for years. It shows no sign of weakening its grip,...

Coming to America: New Swindon-built Honda Civic sets sail to the US

PRODUCTION of the US version of the new Civic hatchback has started at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon. The first cars bound for the US have set sail, due to arrive in US dealers in September. Honda of the...

DRIVEN: Ab Fab – Skoda’s new mark of excellence

REGULAR readers will know that I am partial to a Skoda. Within the currently available range there simply isn't a bad car. They are all roomy, well priced, well made and well priced so I didn't expect the new Fabia...

Behind the wheel of the UK’s fastest-growing motoring brand

WITH Lexus providing the luxury touch for Toyota, it is Infiniti which does the same job for Nissan and what a good job they do. You don’t see that many of them on the UK roads but when you do...

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...

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...

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...

Pebley Beach bags inaugural aftersales award

MOTOR dealer Pebley Beach has become the first recipient of an award that recognises exemplary service in aftersales. The Swindon company was presented with the Aftersales Excellence Award at the prestigious Motor Trader Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last...

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...

Volvo S90 has a great deal you won’t find on classic Amazon

NON-Volvo enthusiasts may never have heard of Jan Wilsgaard. But, aged 26, he designed the car known the world over as the Volvo Amazon. That was 60 years ago and although Volvo had been a significant presence in the motoring...

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...

If it’s good enough for Ant & Dec: New Suzuki Baleno full of eastern...

THE latest Suzuki model to come off the production line will be in UK dealerships next month. And the Baleno is straight from India, the new hothouse of car production where they are producing cars by the million every year. India...

Ford’s latest Focus RS is a blast

IT’S amazing how much fun you can have with 2.3 litres of petrol engine at the command of your right foot. And Ford is doing plenty to ensure that buyers get a really interesting time behind the wheel with the...

Agile on and off road, Volvo’s V60 Cross Country lives up to its name

FOR every nonagenarian who would like to feel more like a 20-year-old, there is hope. It comes courtesy of Volvo, 90 this year yet celebrating its 20 years of all-wheel- drive cars that will go anywhere even when they don’t...