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2018 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI, 140TDI Sportline coming in March - UPDATE

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2018 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI, 140TDI Sportline coming in March - UPDATE

UPDATE: Skoda Australia has confirmed the 132TSI will also be offered in Sportline guise. The article has been updated to reflect that fact.  A racier-looking Skoda Kodiaq Sportline 140TDI and 132TSI will be touching down in Australia next month, on the back of considerable customer demand...

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Skoda Kodiaq L&K: Geneva-bound range-topper not for Oz
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Skoda Kodiaq L&K: Geneva-bound range-topper not for Oz

Skoda has turned to its founders for inspiration on a new luxury-focused 'L&K' package for the Kodiaq. Set for a Geneva motor show debut, the L&K derives its name from brand founders Laurin and Klement. Power will come from a range of engines, starting with a 1.5-litre petrol making 110kW. The 2...


2018 Skoda Kodiaq 140TDI review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Skoda Kodiaq 140TDI review

As a value-for-money proposition, the Skoda Kodiaq hits the ball out of the park. But the 140TDI asks a six-grand premium that only stacks up if your lifestyle demands the extra grunt and fuel-saving benefits.

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$48,990

2018 Skoda Fabia revealed for Geneva show
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2018 Skoda Fabia revealed for Geneva show

Skoda has tonight unveiled the refreshed 2018 Fabia, ahead of its full debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Although it isn't an all-new model, the fresh Fabia boasts a host of improvements over the current car, with more technology and sharper looks on offer. The refreshed supermini will be offered exclusively with three-cylinder MPI and TSI 1...


2018 Subaru Levorg STI Sport v Skoda Octavia RS245 comparison review
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2018 Subaru Levorg STI Sport v Skoda Octavia RS245 comparison review

Wagons… We’re constantly reminding readers about them here at CarAdvice. Don’t just sleepwalk into a dealer and buy an SUV like everyone else, when a wagon is more than likely the solution you need – it’s a message you’ll read and hear from us often...


2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 wagon review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 wagon review

The Czech Republic's favourite family hauler-cum-corner brawler has undergone a transformation, adding more power, more torque and even more fun. Introducing the Skoda Octavia RS245 wagon.

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$47,390

Skoda Vision X concept previewed
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Skoda Vision X concept previewed

The Skoda Vision X concept has been revealed in designer drawings, ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month. Said to preview a new "urban crossover", the Vision X also sets the direction for Skoda's next generation of SUVs – headlined by a two-tier headlight cluster, "distinctive bumpers", "dominant side sills"and "precise lines"...


VW suspends lobbying head over latest emissions scandal
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VW suspends lobbying head over latest emissions scandal

Volkswagen has suspended Thomas Steg, chief lobbyist, over emissions tests partially funded by the car maker, which are said to have involved monkeys breathing in air with diesel fumes. "We are currently in the process of investigating the work of the EUGT, which was dissolved in 2017, and drawing all the necessary consequences...


Diesel emissions tested on monkeys to disprove health risks - report
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Diesel emissions tested on monkeys to disprove health risks - report

In a report by The New York Times, court documents are said to confirm caged monkeys were exposed to diesel emissions for hours during tests in 2014, in an attempt to challenge a World Health Organisation (WHO) classification of diesel particulates, or 'soot', as a carcinogen...


2019 Skoda Fabia teased ahead of Geneva
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2019 Skoda Fabia teased ahead of Geneva

The 2019 Skoda Fabia has been teased this week, ahead of a reveal at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March. While details of the updated light hatch are few and far between, Skoda is touting the 2019 Fabia as a "major design overhaul" including the availability of LED headlights and tail-lights for the first time...


2018 Skoda Karoq: Local arm aiming for $30,000 entry point
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2018 Skoda Karoq: Local arm aiming for $30,000 entry point

The 2018 Skoda Karoq is still months away from an Australian launch, but the Czech company's local division has confirmed plans to have the range start around the $30,000 mark. Set to take on the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and the related Volkswagen Tiguan when it launches around June next year, the Karoq is essentially being pitched as a 'mini-me' to the larger Kodiaq - which shares the same MQB platform found in various products across the Volkswagen Group...


Audi decides to keep Ducati
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Audi decides to keep Ducati

Audi has ditched plans to sell Ducati, electing instead to keep the motorcycle division. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, confirmed to Reuters and other news outlets: "I can assure you that Ducati belongs to the Audi family. Ducati is the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy in the world of motorbikes...


Another sales record for Skoda Australia
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Another sales record for Skoda Australia

Skoda Australia has already broken its all-time annual sales record with a month of 2017 remaining. The Czech brand's local arm moved just over 5000 cars to the end of November, growing 16 per cent despite a drop in sales from its Octavia staple. This decline was offset by growth from the Superb flagship and Fabia entry car, as well as the new Kodiaq family SUV - apparently restricted by supply...


Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years
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Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, has been sentenced to seven years jail for his role in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scheme. Schmidt agreed to a plea deal in October this year, and was officially given the maximum penalty this week: a seven year jail term and a US$400,000 ($525,000) fine...


2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 review

Skoda has launched its most potent mid-sizers to date, the Octavia RS245 sedan and wagon. Does this pricier offering improve the cult car breed?

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$43,390 - $47,390

Skoda Australia shares new model plans out to 2021
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Skoda Australia shares new model plans out to 2021

Skoda Australia has detailed its product roadmap for the coming years, confirming a range-topping Kodiaq Sportline, the Karoq medium SUV, a heavily-updated Fabia and a brand new Rapid will all arrive inside two years. The Czech brand has been very candid about its plans for our market out to 2020, with other additions to include a facelifted Superb, a new Octavia, and an all-new small SUV that'll be a twin to either the VW T-Roc or T-Cross...


Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025
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Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025

Skoda has announced plans to offer five electric vehicles (EV) by 2025, along with its first plug-in hybrid in 2019. In a new release, the Czech subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group confirmed it is planning five EV models across "various segments", with the first model in this new electric family to be built in the Czech Republic...


2018 Skoda Fabia 81TSI review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2018 Skoda Fabia 81TSI review

The MY18 Skoda Fabia offers a competitive, if flawed package in the tightly-contested light car segment...

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$19,890 - $21,040

Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands
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Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands

The Volkswagen Group is looking to diffuse emerging tensions among its mass-market marques by giving them more clearly-defined roles in the future. According to a report from Reuters, the automotive giant wants to cut the overlap between Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen vehicles, in an attempt to better take advantage of its manufacturing scale...


2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review

The Skoda Octavia RS wagon offers the perfect blend of practicality and sporting intent. No wonder then, it is the hero of Skoda showrooms across the country.