Motoring in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Which Car Is Best For Your Commute?

Most of the best-selling cars in Europe are among the best reasonably priced commuter cars. For instance, Fiat is one of the leading carmakers in Europe and has produced several commuter and family models over the years. However, before popping into your town’s Fiat...

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Castle Combe sponsors celebrate 50th year

Independent motor factors Melksham Motor Spares is sponsoring the Formula Ford Championship at Castle Combe Circuit for a second year. A as part of 50th anniversary celebrations, the Melksham Motor Spares team will be present at some of the race track’s Action Day...

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Paul clocks up 25 years

PAUL HUGHES, group Nissan brand manager at Westover Group celebrated 25 years of service at the motor dealership. He left school at 16 and started working in the motor industry and joined Westover in 1993 as a sales advisor. Nine years later, Paul was promoted to a...

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The new electric LEAF is stunning

THE TWO new versions of the LEAF electric car offer improved infotainment, with the e+ Limited Edition providing a boost in power and extended range. Both feature an 8-ins touchscreen infotainment system, the e-pedal function with regenerative braking and the ProPILOT...

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Motor group celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and privately-owned motoring and car sales company Westover Group is providing a platform for young people to build their careers in their chosen trade. The group employs 21 vehicle technician apprentices and one service...

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Hats off to open top motoring

By Maurice Hardy It may be cold outside but that’s exactly the right reason to be thinking of buying a convertible car. After all, driving with the roof down is all about warm and balmy summer days, although you may have seen some barmy, hardy (not me!) types driving...

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Gillingham’s Station Garage back in the family

After a nine-year absence, Station Road Garage, Gillingham is back in family hands, now trading as Station Road Garage 1912 Ltd under Nick and Valerie Baker. They bought back the Service Workshop and Tyre Bay and named it to link back to when Nick’s grandfather Percy...

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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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