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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...

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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.


2015 Skoda Octavia Scout Review
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2015 Skoda Octavia Scout Review

The Skoda Octavia Scout is a slick high-riding and AWD version of an already good passenger wagon from the Czech brand.


2015 Skoda Superb to up the style and power stakes
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2015 Skoda Superb to up the style and power stakes

The next-generation 2015 Skoda Superb to premiere publicly at the Geneva motor show in March 2015 will be a more stylish, upmarket and powerful proposition than the current version. The current Skoda range-topper, available as a liftback and a wagon, offers acres of cabin space for a budget price, but has always been more about substance than style...


Skoda Octavia Scout : Czech crossover arrives in April 2015 with first-time petrol option
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Skoda Octavia Scout : Czech crossover arrives in April 2015 with first-time petrol option

The second-generation Skoda Octavia Scout crossover will launch in Australia around April next year with an expanded range of powertrains including, for the first time locally, a petrol engine. While final Australian pricing and specifications are still being determined, Skoda’s local arm is making a more serious play at the local market this time around with its all-wheel-drive, jacked-up and body-clad Octavia wagon derivative...


Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato : Comparison review
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Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato : Comparison review

European cars are expensive, Korean cars are cheap. Well, that’s how the generalisation used to go at least. Yet here we have the new Skoda Rapid that, at $18,990, is the most affordable European small car on the market, and is actually $1000 cheaper than the South Korean-made Kia Cerato that falls just $10 beneath the crucial $20K barrier...


The Big Small Car Challenge - Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato
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The Big Small Car Challenge - Skoda Rapid v Kia Cerato

Two of the most affordable small cars get thrown into three big challenges to see which hatchback can best tackle the urban grind.


Skoda Fabia wagon revealed ahead of Paris debut
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Skoda Fabia wagon revealed ahead of Paris debut

The Czech car maker has unveiled the wagon version of its third-generation Skoda Fabia. Like the five-door hatch, which was unveiled last month, the new Fabia wagon features sharp-edged styling and detailing. Forward of the B-pillar the two variants are visually identical...


2015 Skoda Fabia Wagon spied with minimal camouflage
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2015 Skoda Fabia Wagon spied with minimal camouflage

An all-new version of the only light wagon on the market, the Skoda Fabia Wagon, has been spotted in production-ready guise with minimal camouflage. The more practical iteration of the recently unveiled Skoda Fabia city hatch was caught on the road in its home country, with the Czech brand disguising some key elements of the eye-catching green wagon with body-coloured tape rather than the traditional camouflage covering...


2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled
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2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled

A week after the exterior was revealed, the Czech car maker has revealed the interior of the next-generation Skoda Fabia. The image released by Skoda shows the interior of, what we believe to be, a high-spec Fabia. A broad swathe of body coloured plastic on the leather wrapped wheel, as well as running practically the entire width of the dashboard, sets the new car apart from the related Volkswagen Polo...


Small SUV Comparison : Nissan Qashqai v Holden Trax v Skoda Yeti v Peugeot 2008 v Kia Sportage
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Small SUV Comparison : Nissan Qashqai v Holden Trax v Skoda Yeti v Peugeot 2008 v Kia Sportage

Call our original small SUV comparison test the elimination round. Earlier this year when we tested this new breed of fully loaded, sub-$30,000 sub-compact ‘softroaders’, the competition was fresh but clearly green (read the full comparison here). Six months on, and the class has shifted up several gears...


2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed
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2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed

After a protracted teaser campaign, the 2015 Skoda Fabia light-car has been officially revealed ahead of its world premiere in-the-metal at this October’s Paris motor show.  The new Fabia, which is expected to borrow bits from the newly-updated Volkswagen Polo rather than the VW Group’s much publicised MQB architecture, is wider and lower than before as part of a bid to boost its sporting credentials, and is also said to offer best-in-class cargo space...


2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released
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2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released

The drawn-out, puzzle-like reveal of the 2015 Skoda Fabia continues, with two new images of the Czech brand's city car released over the weekend. The latest images - the fourth and fifth teasers, respectively, for the new Skoda Fabia that will debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October - give a little more away about how the cars side panels will look...


2015 Skoda Fabia: fresh details of new city car
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2015 Skoda Fabia: fresh details of new city car

Another day, another 2015 Skoda Fabia teaser. The Czech brand continued the drip-feed unveiling of its third-generation city car overnight, this time releasing two fresh angles of the production model that’s set to debut at October’s Paris motor show. The new images highlight the compact Skoda’s new grille and provide a bird’s-eye view of its headlight and bonnet...


Skoda Snowman: preview of new seven-seat SUV
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Skoda Snowman: preview of new seven-seat SUV

This is how the new Skoda Snowman SUV could look when it goes on sale in 2016. Our computer-generated image is a "pretty accurate" of the upcoming production model, according to our well-informed graphic artist...


2015 Skoda Superb 4x4 Outdoor Limited Edition: Pricing for rugged wagon revealed
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2015 Skoda Superb 4x4 Outdoor Limited Edition: Pricing for rugged wagon revealed

The new Skoda Superb 4x4 Outdoor Limited Edition is coming to Australia, with a price tag of $55,690 driveaway. The Superb 4x4 Outdoor model is designed to offer buyers a more rugged looking version of the standard Superb, but with a four-wheel drive system to help it live up to its biff-and-bash cladded body. In short, it has the Subaru Outback squarely in its sights...


2015 Skoda Fabia to feature three- and four-cylinder petrol, diesel engines
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2015 Skoda Fabia to feature three- and four-cylinder petrol, diesel engines

Skoda has revealed details about the drivetrains that will be available in the new Skoda Fabia hatch and wagon range. For petrol buyers, the new Fabia range will kick off with a 44kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct injection engine. Until an RS model rears its head, the petrol lineup will be spearheaded by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo sporting 81kW of power...


Skoda to launch three-row, seven-seat SUV in new model offensive
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Skoda to launch three-row, seven-seat SUV in new model offensive

Skoda will launch a large SUV by the end of 2016 as part of a blitz of new models. Internal sources have told both Autocar and Auto Express that Skoda is a developing a new large SUV based on the Volkswagen group's MQB architecture. The as-yet-unnamed SUV (which is rumoured to be known as the Skoda Snowman) will be available in both two-row five-seat and three-row seven-seat configurations...


Skoda adds Black Edition models to UK range
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Skoda adds Black Edition models to UK range

Skoda has introduced a stealthily styled Black Edition variant to every model in its UK line-up. Available on the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Octavia, Superb and Yeti, the special Black Edition treatment adds between £1200 and £3200 ($2180 and $5820) in options, depending on the model, with customers benefitting from up to £1720 ($3130) in added value...