Motoring in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

A lot can change in nine months

By Dominic Parkes Such was my eagerness to review another Kia product I forgot it had only been about nine months since I’d previously caressed a Kia steering wheel. A lot can change in nine months, as we all know. But not here. Another chance to witness the enormous...

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Christmas campaign launched to catch drink and drug drivers

If you drink and drive, you will be caught, say Wiltshire Police as the annual Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign is launched this week. Wiltshire Police officers and Tri Force Roads Policing Unit will have high profile roadside checks at all times of the...

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Banish memories of previous incarnation

By Dominic Parkes I have to admit that I was kind of hoping that Westover Fiat would have had to do some major work to the review Fiat Tipo, and have no option but to replace it with the Fiat Spider instead. But no such luck. The two-seater sports car was not coming...

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Car wreckers go on rampage

Police are calling for witnesses and more information about vandals who went on the rampage wrecking car windows around roads to the west of Salisbury. During the days of the wide-ranging rampage, vehicles were damaged in Bemerton Heath and Woodford, but police...

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Bongs are no drawback for Megane

By Dominic Parkes The Americans started it, as they often do. Cars are increasingly becoming four-wheeled versions of the nanny state. Should you have the temerity to do any of the following, the car will nag you. Door open? BONG. Too close to the car behind when...

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No-nonsense Hilux won’t disappoint

By Dominic Parkes ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This has clearly been the view held in Toyota City, Japan, as the 2016 model Toyota Hilux is the first proper update they have sanctioned in 12 years. The Hilux can surely lay claim to being the best pickup truck of...

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A30 improvements in Salisbury

Work to improve safety at the A30 London Road/Barrington Road junction in Salisbury is due to start on October 17. Several collisions during the past 10 years bring changes to the signal phasing, and a right turn lane from the A30 into Barrington Road will be...

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The world’s first hybrid-powered sports coupe

By Dominic Parkes “Probably best if you don’t turn off the traction control,” said the chap from Lexus. To which, the forked devil on my shoulder just chuckled. With so many buttons and switches in the cockpit of the Lexus RC 300h, I probably wouldn’t have worked out...

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Renegade triumphs over competition

By Dominic Parkes Back in the dark days of the 1970s, when I was still in short trousers, my absolute favourite toy was a shoe-box-sized metal car called a Tonka toy. I always marvelled at the way I could stand on it, hurl it down the garden, or even tie it to the dog...

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Quantum leaps for Kia

By Dominic Parkes So there we were, my daughter and I, sat in the car waiting for the rain to stop, when her voice piped up: “Ugh, look at that ugly car…” She was right, it was truly hideous. It was a 2009 Kia and through the rain I think it was called a ‘Soporific’,...

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Main road closed

Wiltshire Council has issued a notice of a temporary closure to all traffic of part of the A345 Salisbury Road to Amesbury, from its junction with Mill Road to its junction with C350 Salisbury Street. It is anticipated that the closure will be required for one evening...

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Bus cuts consultation

Dorset County Council wants residents’ views on a more flexible transport network to meet local needs and reduce costs. The council's budget for public and school transport is around £10million, but the council says it must reduce its transport budget by £1.85million...

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Stop and stare at the gorgeous Lexus

By Dominic Parkes Not since driving the Range Rover Evoque through Salisbury, just after the launch, have I had so many people stop and stare at my wheels. Maybe it was because I was in full stealth mode (silent on electric power), or maybe because, from certain...

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Sales surge for Rav4

By Dominic Parkes The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is going to be a garage-only vehicle should it ever break down – which is unlikely, as it is a Toyota after all. The high level of complexity is both its friend and foe. By this I mean, while it bristles with new technology...

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Family business is in the fast lane

Wessex Raceway, on the Wiltshire-Hampshire border, is racing ahead of its competitors as a leading member of the National Karting Association. The large raceway is also home to a massive daylight Laser Combat Centre - Virtual Warfare. “Visitors can spend a whole day...

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James May proves a real fan pleaser

By Karl Plaskett Huge Crowds turned out see former BBC Top Gear presenter James May turn on the Christmas Lights on December 4, for Shaftesbury’s 'Friday night Late Night Shopping Spectacular'. Businesses opened late for the event, organised by Shaftesbury &...

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New car parking charges

New car parking charges start on October 26 set on a car park by car park basis to reflect local circumstances, rather than the previous countywide system, according to Wiltshire Council. Many parking permit costs are reduced, and the council is to start trials on new...

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Local mum wins brand new car

Local lady Jemma Plumbridge celebrated winning a brand new Corsa for her and her family from Wilton Shopping Village on September 24.  The competition was set-up in partnership between Wilton Shopping Village and Wessex Fleet Solutions. It formed part of a wider...

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Classic and Supercars gear up for a record- breaking assembly

Millions of pounds worth of classic and supercars from around the world will grace the lawns of Wilton House on June 6 and 7, with the two day event showcasing some of the world’s greatest cars. Wilton Classic & Supercar, with Castrol EDGE on June 6 and 7, has...

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Salisbury Reds take over Park & Ride in the city

Salisbury Reds have a new bus timetable as they take over Park & Ride in the city. A revised network for its bus routes across the region has been announced with a large number of services changing from Sunday May 31. The revisions include an announcement that the...

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Chunky and solid look for new Kia

By Dominic Parkes Kia’s new baby SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) replaces the old Sportage, which, frankly was just a little bit dull. The modern trend from any manufacturer is to ‘go large, and with their latest offering, Kia is toeing the line. The new model has gained...

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Versatile people carrier is a capable vehicle

By Tim Saunders Sliding doors are a great benefit. I’ve never considered this before. But as we’re crammed onto a cross-channel ferry where, unless you’re really scrawny you are unable to access your vehicle, such doors are a distinct advantage. While others have to...

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Husband and wife team has 16 years of motoring success

Husband and wife team Elaine and Martin Carter have been running Tisbury Motors for more than 16 years, and have transformed the garage into a modern diagnostic centre for Bosch, serving a wide area of South Wiltshire. Elaine believes in investing in her staff and has...

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We made friends with a Kia Sorento

By Tim Saunders What’s the best way of transporting six people in comfort? The Kia Sorento, of course! A road trip to the west of France puts the Kia through its paces. It clocks up more than 1,500 miles on a variety of terrains while carrying six occupants, including...

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