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...

International rugby stars hook up with Ciren-based Mitsubishi

SOME of the stars of Gloucester Rugby have met their ideal match with the Mitsubishi range, as part of the new partnership with the Cirencester-based company. Five of Mitsubishi’s Brand Ambassadors picked up their new vehicles at Kingsholm Stadium. England...

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...

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...

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...

Lydiard Park gearing up for Auto & Retro Festival

MORE than 150 classic, vintage and performance cars will be on display in front of Lydiard House on Saturday. The display will form part of the Lydiard Park Auto & Retro Festival, which is organised by Swindon Borough Council and...

Suzuki pulls off three-cylinder trick in style

WHEN the Japanese car industry was embryonic, it kept itself busy manufacturing designs from the west. Datson (as it then was, literally son of Dat) started with a remanufactured Austin 7. But there’s no shame in that, for BMW did...

New C3 is a winner for Citroen

FOR those who have grown up thinking Formula One, and maybe British Touring Cars, are the only forms of motor sport it may come as something of a shock to know that Citroen is literally hard at it in...

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...

What future is in the stars for the Vauxhall Astra?

GOOGLE searches are so yesterday, a bit like the history of the British car industry. These days when you’re on the road, there’s no need to pull over and search on Google or Google Maps for a filling station or...

Arval strike gold again at International CSR Excellence awards

SWINDON-BASED Arval, a leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, has become the winner of an International CSR Excellence Award In the category of Philanthropy, Sponsorship and Charitable Giving. This is recognition of the work that Arval does to...

DRIVEN: Citroen C4 – the sensible sibling

GEOFF MAXTED of DriveWrite on the virtues of Citroen's no-nonsense family favourite... OUR featured car is, to give it the full title, a Citroen C4 Flair BlueHDi hatchback and it is painted Bourrasque Blue. Bourrasque means, apparently, a gust or squall,...

WATCH: Speeding driver narrowly misses horse rider

THIS is the shocking moment a horse rider narrowly missed being mown down by a speeding driver on a quiet country road. Shocked motorist Michael Preedy, 36, filmed a silver Honda Civic zooming past him on his dash cam at...

Swindon retailer offers FREE FUEL to customers

THERE is good news for those who are looking for a new vehicle this autumn, as local Vauxhall retailer, Skurrays Vauxhall, is welcoming back to its showroom Vauxhall’s Free Fuel Event. From Friday 18 to Monday 21 September, the dealership in Swindon...

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...