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Skoda chairman confirms seven-seat SUV for Australia

The long-awaited 2016 Skoda seven-seat SUV will be sent to Australia “for sure”, according to global chairman Winfried Vahland. The Czech-made family hauler — also to be made in China for that market — will give the company a presence in the high-volume large SUV segment, and will offer buyers a European alternative to rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe...

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2015 Skoda Octavia RS 230 unveiled
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2015 Skoda Octavia RS 230 unveiled

The 2015 Skoda Octavia RS 230 is to the regular RS model what the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance is to its more affordable, slightly less focused sibling. That's because the Octavia RS 230 gets a retuned engine with 169kW of power (up from 162kW in the standard version), and also becomes the first ever Skoda to adopt an electronically controlled locking front differential that the brand claims to offer "dynamic cornering"...


2015 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo revealed
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2015 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo revealed

There won't be an RS hot hatch version of the 2015 Skoda Fabia, but the Czech brand has shown off the next best thing - the 2015 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo. The stylised version of the new Skoda Fabia city car will be revealed at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March in both hatchback and wagon derivatives...


2015 Skoda Superb liftback revealed in full
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2015 Skoda Superb liftback revealed in full

The third-generation Skoda Superb liftback was revealed in Europe overnight ahead of its public premiere at the Geneva motor show on March 3 and launch in Australia during the first quarter of 2016. Skoda’s new range-topping model made its premiere in the Czech capital of Prague, and was immediately given the rather daunting moniker of “the best Skoda ever” by the brand...


2015 Skoda Octavia Scout specifications revealed
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2015 Skoda Octavia Scout specifications revealed

The 2015 Skoda Octavia Scout is now available to pre-order in Australia, with the Czech car maker announcing specifications (but not pricing) for its new-generation rough-and-ready wagon. The new Octavia Scout boasts an expanded powertrain line-up that grows from a single diesel engine in the previous-generation model to two diesels and a petrol in the new range...


2016 Skoda Superb interior revealed
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2016 Skoda Superb interior revealed

The dashboard of the 2016 Skoda Superb has been revealed ahead of the all-new model's debut at next month's Geneva motor show. The image confirms the revamped large car from the Czech arm of Volkswagen will bring with it a very VW-like cockpit treatment, with the interior closely mirroring that seen in the German maker's Passat large car...


Skoda Octavia Review : RS 135TDI Wagon
Rating: 810 /10
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Skoda Octavia Review : RS 135TDI Wagon

With a reverse camera now standard, the Octavia RS is a bargain option for the family buyer. If you love diesel engines, this new RS is worthy of consideration.


Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM
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Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM

Toyota has edged out Volkswagen for the 2014 global sales crown by just 90,000 vehicles. In figures released overnight, Toyota Motor Corporation sold a total of 10.23 million vehicles throughout 2014, with 9.15 million cars attributed to Toyota (up two per cent). 915,000 vehicles were sold under the Daihatsu brand (up five per cent), while 168,000 Hino trucks (up four per cent) were delivered to customers...


2015 Skoda New Cars
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2015 Skoda New Cars

Details of the new and updated Skoda models launching in Australia in 2015.   Skoda Octavia Scout – March The Skoda Octavia Scout has been a long time coming, having been revealed globally way back in February 2014. The higher-riding version of the Skoda Octavia wagon wears butch body cladding and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels with chubby tyres and a higher ride height...


2015 Skoda Superb rear revealed in official sketch
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2015 Skoda Superb rear revealed in official sketch

The Czech car maker has given the world a first glimpse at the design of the rear of the next-generation Skoda Superb. Just days before Christmas, the company has issued a stylised sketch of the new Superb's posterior. This follows on from a design drawing of the car's front end, which was revealed online last week...


2015 Skoda Superb 4x4 Outdoor Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2015 Skoda Superb 4x4 Outdoor Review

Skoda jacks up the Superb wagon, and the price of its diesel-engined large car, with mixed results...


2015 Skoda Superb: new sketch reveals design details
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2015 Skoda Superb: new sketch reveals design details

The new-generation 2015 Skoda Superb has been teased in sketch form ahead of its predicted reveal in February 2015. The all-new Czech large car is set for its in-the-metal unveiling at the 2015 Geneva motor show, but this image gives plenty away about what to expect for the brand's new MQB-based flagship model...


Volkswagen to give greater autonomy to brands and regions - report
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Volkswagen to give greater autonomy to brands and regions - report

The bosses of Volkswagen's diverse group of brands, as well as regional managers, will be given more power by head office in an effort to address underperformance by the company in certain key markets. Volkswagen has designs on becoming the world's number one automotive group by 2018, but that's being put in jeopardy by declining sales in two key markets, the USA and Brazil...


2014 Skoda Superb 125TDI Elegance sedan and wagon Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2014 Skoda Superb 125TDI Elegance sedan and wagon Review

Trent drives the sedan and James the wagon - but is the Skoda as Superb as its name suggests?


Skoda's car museum now available for virtual tours through Google Maps
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Skoda's car museum now available for virtual tours through Google Maps

Skoda and Google have made the Czech car maker's automotive museum available online via Google Maps Street View. To take a look around, just go to the Google Maps website or smartphone app, search for "Škoda Muzeum" and then click 'Look Inside'. The Skoda museum was reopened in 2012 after an extensive remodelling, and now incorporates 340 displays spread across 1800 square metres of floor space...


Skoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 rally car will debut in Essen
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Skoda Fabia R5 WRC-2 rally car will debut in Essen

Skoda has taken the wraps off its WRC-2 race car, the Skoda Fabia R5, ahead of its official debut at the Essen motor show this weekend. As with other cars in the WRC-2 category, the Fabia R5 will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that's fitted with a 32mm restrictor...


Skoda Superb Estate - rain sensor demonstration
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Skoda Superb Estate - rain sensor demonstration

James parks his Skoda Superb Estate and accidentally leaves the windows down, and to make matters worse it’s about to rain. Luckily the Skoda rain sensor has it covered!


Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres
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Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres

The Volkswagen Group posted an operating profit of 3.2 billion euros ($A4.6b) in Q3, up 16 per cent on 2013, and remains on track for record full-year sales in excess of 10 million vehicles — a figure it previously told shareholders it would likely not reach until 2018.  The German company delivered just under 7.1 million passenger vehicles (up 5...


2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs
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2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs

The introduction of a reverse-view camera and a small price hike headlines the changes to the 2015 Skoda Octavia, which is now on sale in Australia. Previously only available as part of the optional Tech Pack in the sporty Octavia RS, a reverse-view camera is now standard on all Octavia Ambition Plus, Elegance and RS variants...


2015 Skoda Fabia Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Skoda Fabia Review

The forthcoming 2015 Skoda Fabia is a big improvement in terms of looks, ride and cabin presentation.