Motoring in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

This time, it really is Superb

Car Tested: Skoda Superb SE L Executive Estate 2.0 Diesel. Price £23,450 - £38,500 With thanks to Westover Skoda, Salisbury. 01722 448851 By the time you read this, the yearly stress-fest of the family holiday will probably be a retreating thought. Of course, holidays...

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Ton-up drivers face court

Police are prosecuting 18 drivers stopped over the weekend for speeding, including one driving at 120mph, and five others doing more than 100mph. Officers from the Roads Policing Unit on patrols on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday  July 1, reported the drivers to court...

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Track and legend Derek Bell at National Motor Museum

Multiple champion racing driver Derek Bell MBE shared memories of his long career on the track at an event hosted at the National Motor Museum by Smith & Williamson. Derek, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours race five times, the Daytona 24 three times, the World...

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Sitting is believing

Car Tested: RXL 450h Luxury Price as tested £54,095 CO2 136g CO2/km 3.5 Litre petrol hybrid Copyright Dominic Parkes 2018 With Thanks to: Lexus Poole, West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1JF. 01202 974044. By Dominic Parkes Are you sitting comfortably? No, I am not about to...

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Perky little performer is a class act

Car Tested: T-Roc SEL 2.0 TSI 4Motion 190PS 7-speed DSG OTR Price - £32,205 Inc. Sport Pack. Pre-crash preventive occupant protection. Emissions: Car tested 155 g/km With Thanks to Heritage of Salisbury Volkswagen. 01722 431300. By Dominic Parkes  Take any vaguely...

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The future’s here – and it’s electric

Car Tested:  Nissan LEAF Tekna  Price from £21,900 inc. Govt. Grant (Tested £24,400) Nil  CO2 With thanks to Westover Nissan, Salisbury. 01722 448851  Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes, photographer and car reviewer for Valley News By Dominic Parkes Only 10...

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Game on for hybrids

Car Tested: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE Price as tested £24,470 92 g/km CO2 With thanks to Westover Hyundai, Wilton Road, Salisbury. 01722 440583 By Dominic Parkes Hyundai’s incredible rise from a bit player to a serious contender in such a short space of time has...

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Volkswagen’s popular Polo

Car tested: Volkswagen Polo 1.0 SE TSI 95PS (£16,276) Price Range: £13,885 to £22,640 Emissions: Car tested 101 g/km With thanks to Heritage of Salisbury Volkswagen. 01722 273169 By Dominic Parkes I have always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen Polo. It was my first...

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Leisure Centre is on line for car plug-ins

Trees may get the chop to make way for electric vehicle re-charging points. Downton Leisure Centre could become a place for people to recharge their personal energy batteries - and those on their electric cars. Instavolt, an electric vehicle company, are proposing to...

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Hyundai’s small screen star

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes Car Tested: Hyundai Kona 1.0 GDi Premium SE Prices from: £16,195 - £25,500 Emissions: 117g/km With Thanks to Westover Hyundai. Salisbury 01722 440583 By Dominic Parkes  To the man watching the CCTV covering the Southampton...

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Toyota’s impressive Prius

Uber-Wheels Oh, how I laughed. ‘Taxi’. ‘Who called an Uber?’ Chortle, guff aw etc. Once I had pulled myself up off the floor and re-inserted my insides, I gave the children one last chance to get in the Prius for the school run. White is probably not the best colour...

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Feeling Super-Stonic – the Kia Stonic

Stonic’ sounds as if it should mean something – I am feeling Stonic? No, that’s silly. It was a Stonic buy? Nope. I went out on Friday and got rather Stonic-ed? Nah. Surely, it is a verb with some significance – I checked my search engine of choice but all I could see...

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New model hits the jackpot

To paraphrase the late Brucie; ‘Hasn’t Nissan done well?’  They have certainly hit the jackpot with the Qashqai model. Since its launch in 2006, it has created almost two million sales. In 2013, came the second generation, and now we have a refresh. Never...

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Still crazy after all these large hatchbacks

How refreshing: an honest, old-style estate car to review. So many of the new cars launched these days are SUVs, Mini-SUVs, Crossovers and the like, most of which are lovely, reliable and comfortable. They frequently pretend to offer you access to a new life of...

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Road-train workhorse is well-equipped

A FIAT pick-up? No, never. Fiat is the home of good-value family cars, cute city cars and zesty convertibles. Honestly, it is true, Fiat have produced a pick-up. Well, sort of. The new Fiat Fullback is a re-worked Mitsubishi L200 which means it is about as dependable...

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Skoda simply superb

By Dominic Parkes Skoda has broken new ground by introducing a seven-seater to its range. The Kodiaq may run the risk of joining in the 'silly-sounding names club' but that matters not a jot as it is, if you will pardon the pun, quite Superb. It clearly borrows a lot...

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The new Micra raises the game yet again

By Dominic Parkes Do you have a good wedge of cash in your pocket and the desire for a new set of wheels?  Then it should be easy to quench that thirst…you would think. There are just so many good cars on the market that the introduction of the 2017 Micra from Nissan...

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Humble beginnings to heady heights

By Dominic Parkes From humble beginnings manufacturing bicycle parts, Kia reached the heady heights of selling nearly three million units a year, and the South Korean brand seems to be powering ever forward. The 2017 Rio model is in the Clio and Polo super-mini pool...

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A car you buy with your emotion

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes 2017 I think the Fiat media co-ordinator was on the verge of changing her number and email address such was my dogged pursuit of reviewing the Fiat Spider. Almost weekly, I could be heard whining and pleading to secure the...

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Fresh and very stylish Toyota

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes ‘Inspired by the multifaceted precision of a diamond with a sculptured look and powerfully expressive lines’ reads the hyperbole in the sales brochure. For a moment, I thought I was reading one of those stuttering, confused...

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Caravans stolen

Caravans have been stolen from the White Hill Farm site in Pitton. Overnight on Sunday, February 19, two caravans, an Olympus 2012 model 620/6, and a Bailey Barcelona, were stolen, and five other caravans broken into. Enquiries are ongoing to itemise what property was...

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Biking through India

Sixteen regulars of Wilton’s community pub, The Bear Inn, left on Friday, February 17, to tour India by motorbike. Led by Nick Rowe, who has spent a lot of time in the area, the group picked up their Royal Enfield bikes in New Dehli and plan to tour Shimla and other...

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Equipment and styling refreshed

By Dominic Parkes If you live up a rutted country lane and occasionally need the traction of a four-wheel drive but don’t wish to face the opprobrium of owning a Chelsea Tractor, maybe the Peugeot 2008 is for you. The recent facelift of the Peugeot 2008 is just that....

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Rollestone roundabout stays as it is

Highways England and Wiltshire Council have no plans to realign Rollestone crossroads, and have apologised for suggesting a rat-run through to avoid the A303. In correspondence to Ian West, Wiltshire councillor for the area, Cllr Fleur de Rhé-Philipe, Cabinet Member...

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