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Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014
The Audi Traffic Light Recognition System could make waiting for red lights a thing of the past.
Posted on 1:26pm Friday 15th November 2013
The MPG Marathon has crushed the myth that cars cannot hit their manufacturer's fuel consumption figures.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 1st May 2012
Good news... the Citroën DS4 has starred in The Saturdays' latest single 30 Days. Citroën has, therefore, released a behind the scenes preview for its Facebook fans. This shows the video's set being created, and the band members having their hair sculpted and make-up plastered. Yes, it is fascinating stuff. Bad news.... this new song makes me feel older than Moses. I thought “Saturday” was simply a day of the week - not a collection of five female singers. This is more confusing than the musical genre “garage”. I thought people park in garages. What next? “The Wednesdays” playing the new “Loft Conversion” album?
Posted on 8:00pm Tuesday 18th October 2011
The new Ford Focus will soon be more familiar than sliced bread. After all, its practicality and versatility mean it is virtually guaranteed to sell like yeast to a baker. The new model is an evolution of its predecessor, rather than a complete revolution. As such this small family car's ingredients are easily recognisable, but new spices have been added to update its flavour. So, is this distinctive new workhorse a stale loaf or a value-packed baker's dozen?
Posted on 11:40pm Sunday 18th September 2011
The Jaguar XF is more striking than a supermodel on the beach. However, as is the eventual fate of even the most beautiful people, this mighty saloon is now middle-aged. Time for a nip and tuck. The surgeon has performed liposuction on several key body parts. The wings and front bumper have been re-sculpted to maintain a youthful appearance, and collagen filler has exaggerated the bonnet's menacing power bulge. It also had a nose job, hence LED lights.
Posted on 2:54pm Sunday 21st August 2011
The new Volkswagen Passat estate is a Volkswagen Passat estate. This is everything motorists need to know before opening their long suffering chequebooks. After all, this versatile load-lugger's reputation alone virtually guarantees trouble free adventures. Nobody would ask to see Albert Einstein's G.C.S.E. chemistry certificate. Nobody would question Sir Ernest Shackleton's navigational skills. So, no need to think too hard about the Passat. Just buy it.
Posted on 3:43pm Tuesday 25th January 2011
As the Salisbury Journal's Motoring Blogger, I'm often (okay twice) asked how much a specific vehicle is worth. This may sound like a simple question, but valuations are not as straightforward as some motorists assume.
Oh my goodness. Did he really say that? Surely no car dealer in the world would expect me to believe such nonsense. Yes, my vehicle loving friend, I've recently been trawling through the forecourts and been on the receiving end of numerous unbelievable statements. Here are two of the most outrageous:
Choosing a new vehicle can be harder than splitting the atom. This is because there is so much choice motorists often struggle to know where to start. After all, garage forecourts are literally overflowing with everything from cheap superminis to monstrously large 4x4s.
Posted on 1:15pm Saturday 24th April 2010
People who design cars are normally easy to spot. They can often be seen tearing their hair out, sobbing uncontrollably, and aimlessly pondering the meaning of existence. These tortured souls have been forced into this state because...
There is a secret I would like to share with you. I was once considerably younger than I am today. In fact, I was actually what is known as a 'child'. One of my earliest memories is watching my elderly neighbour fixing his clapped-out Vauxhall.
Car dealers are sometimes perceived as 'dodgy charlatans' more crooked than an MP's expenses claim. It's thought these heartless monsters simply grab the cash and refuse to help if your beloved car develops a fault. However, my friend recently had an experience which reinstated his faith in the motor trade.
Many moons ago an unnamed man, let's call him Stephen Turvil, was anxiously awaiting his first driving lesson. The big moment finally arrived and Mr Instructor pulled-up in a beige Austin Metro. What a magnificent car – sixty quids worth of British finery.
Posted on 12:00am Sunday 26th July 2009
Let's start with a question. Do I have 'MUG' tattooed on my forehead? I was recently helping a friend buy a car when we stumbled across a Mondeo. It had low mileage, service history, and was in excellent condition. Sounds tempting, but there's a problem. The price is £2,750 – whereas the actual value is around £1,000.
Posted on 12:00am Wednesday 1st July 2009
I don't have many friends. This is partly because I'm less sociable than a woodlouse, but mostly because I constantly rattle on about motoring. However, a strong willed associate recently stayed conscious long enough to ask a question. 'Which is the best small car (she yawned) to run on a budget?'
Posted on 4:11pm Monday 8th June 2009
'Roll up, roll up. Buy your old banger here. Endless disappointment and extortionate repair bills. This appalling car is guaranteed to reduce you to a gibbering wreck.' Please avoid writing similar adverts when selling your car. My razor sharp instincts suggest it won't sell. However, following some simple steps should maximise your sale price.
Posted on 11:00am Sunday 26th April 2009
Brace yourself for a terrifying story. This morning, a monstrous creature crawled up behind me. It's booming roar shook the ground, smoke billowed into the air, and children cowered behind their mother.
Posted on 12:00am Sunday 5th April 2009
Motoring technology is fantastic. We have state of the art AM radios, transparent windscreens, and magnificent cup holders. These technological marvels make life comfortable, but sometimes technology goes too far. So, would you trust a 'self driving' car?
Posted on 3:49pm Saturday 14th March 2009
Do you remember my infamous mistake? You know, when I reviewed my girlfriend's beloved Vauxhall Corsa. There were phrases such as 'handles like a drunk jelly fish', and 'closing my eyes in terror'. For some reason this didn't please my girlfriend.
Posted on 4:37pm Friday 6th March 2009
Would you like some tea? Okay - fetch the wood, grab a match, and boil the water over an open fire. Or, perhaps use an electric kettle. Technology makes life easy, so why do most motorists still prefer manual transmission?