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Skoda Element: Trainee-built electric buggy concept revealed
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Skoda Element: Trainee-built electric buggy concept revealed

The Skoda Element electric beach buggy concept was unveiled overnight, and is the latest in a line of apprentice-built vehicles from the Czech automaker. Based on the Citigo hatch, basically a Volkswagen Up with a different grille and front bumper, the Skoda Element eschews any modicum of weather protection. Under the bonnet, the Element uses the drivetrain from the electric e-Up...


Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann resigns as Peugeot takeover moves forward
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Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann resigns as Peugeot takeover moves forward

Karl-Thomas Neumann has stepped down from his position as CEO of Opel, effective immediately. Neumann has been replaced by Michael Lohscheller, who has been Opel's chief financial officer (CFO) since September 2012. Neumann will remain on Opel's management board until the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to Group PSA, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, is completed...


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

If you're in the market for a spacious and practical station wagon, you really ought to check out the 2018 Skoda Octavia.

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$22,990 - $27,990

Skoda Octavia RS245 in Australia from November, 2018 VW Polo due first quarter - UPDATE
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Skoda Octavia RS245 in Australia from November, 2018 VW Polo due first quarter - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article previously suggested the RS245 would be offered in DSG automatic form only. In fact, the company expects to offer both.  The hot new Skoda Octavia RS45 will hit Australia in November, while the now not-so-compact new 2018 Volkswagen Polo will touch down in the first quarter of next year...


Skoda wants Mazda CX-3 rival
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Skoda wants Mazda CX-3 rival

Skoda wants to expand its growing crossover SUV line-up even further by launching a smaller model to match the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, set below the mid-sized Karoq and large Kodiaq. This desired small SUV would serve as a spiritual successor to the slightly unusual Skoda Yeti, which has been killed off to make way for the more conventional Karoq as pictured above...


2017 Skoda Kodiaq review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq review

The Skoda Kodiaq is the cheapest European seven-seat SUV by a country mile, but more importantly it makes a remarkably compelling alternative to a Hyundai Santa Fe for those prepared to think a little differently.

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$42,990

Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating
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Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating

A slew of new European SUVs have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week - including the Audi Q2 and Q5, Mini Countryman and Skoda Kodiaq. Both the Audi Q2 and Q5 received praise for their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which operate at speeds of up to 85km/h and feature pedestrian detection technology...


2018 Skoda Superb upgrades announced - UPDATE
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2018 Skoda Superb upgrades announced - UPDATE

The Skoda Superb range flagship has received some upgrades, rolling out as we speak. Headlining is a superior infotainment system. The old 8.0-inch screen has been ditched in favour of a higher-resolution, flush-glass 9.2-inch unit similar to that in the 'Mk7.5' VW Golf update. The entry 5.0-inch screen in Europe is now 6.5"...


Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change
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Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has admitted that the near-autocratic corporate structures that lied about diesel emissions and shattered the company's reputation is proving hard to break apart. A report from Reuters this week, run by Automotive News Europe, contained some remarkably frank quotes from the former Porsche AG chief, who was appointed Group chief shortly after the diesel scandal broke in September 2015...


Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales
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Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales

Numerical sales of diesel-powered passenger cars in Australia have about halved over the past decade - though not from anything resembling a high base. By passenger cars we refer to hatches, sedans, coupes, convertibles and people-movers - vehicles that are largely declining across the board as SUVs eat their market, regardless of engine type...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 19, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 19, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2018 Skoda Karoq revealed, Australian debut set for second quarter 2018
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2018 Skoda Karoq revealed, Australian debut set for second quarter 2018

The 2018 Skoda Karoq has officially been revealed, set to take on the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and its twin-under-the-skin, the Volkswagen Tiguan. Developed as a 'mini-me' to the big seven-seat Kodiaq, the five-seat Karoq measures 4382mm long, 1841mm wide and 1605mm tall...


Skoda Karoq teasers drop ahead of May 18 unveiling
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Skoda Karoq teasers drop ahead of May 18 unveiling

The first official teaser images for the upcoming Skoda Karoq SUV have been handed down today, ahead of its world premiere next week. The mid-sized Karoq will replace the awkward Yeti, which, although beloved among diehard fans of Skoda's historically unique styling, has never been a strong seller...


2018 Skoda Rapid detailed, here in September
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2018 Skoda Rapid detailed, here in September

The updated Skoda Rapid, revealed in February, has been detailed for the European market this week, bringing a revised design, new engine options and upgraded technology to the small sedan and hatchback twins. Headlining changes for the updated model include the availability of new bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, revised front bumper and fog-light designs, new alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, and a new 1...


Skoda Octavia Scout on Australian hiatus
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Skoda Octavia Scout on Australian hiatus

The high-riding AWD Skoda Octavia Scout won't be joining the rest of the newly updated Octavia range any time soon, unless enough fans out there stamp their feet. For now, the higher-riding and slightly rugged crossover cousin to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will make way for the new Kodiaq crossover in the Czech brand's small dealer network...


The Shortlist: medium car around $30,000 with space for growing tweens

The Shortlist: medium car around $30,000 with space for growing tweens

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But... where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


Skoda Karoq name announced for Yeti successor, May 18 debut confirmed
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Skoda Karoq name announced for Yeti successor, May 18 debut confirmed

As the adorably dorky Yeti moves toward retirement, Volkswagen's Czech brand has confirmed its new Tiguan-related medium SUV will be known as the Skoda Karoq. Karoq joins Kodiaq in building a consistent theme for the brand's SUVs, both in styling - as confirmed through revealing spy photos published today - and in nomenclature...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Skoda Kodiaq pricing and specs: Seven-seat SUV detailed for May launch
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq pricing and specs: Seven-seat SUV detailed for May launch

UPDATE: Skoda has now added a diesel model to the Kodiaq range. Details here. Local pricing and specifications for the new seven-seat 2017 Skoda Kodiaq have been released this week ahead of the Czech SUV's arrival in late May, starting at $42,990 before on-road costs. Initially available in one variant only, the Kodiaq will launch with the Volkswagen Group's 132TSI 2...


2018 Skoda Yeti/Karoq spied with unique body panels
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2018 Skoda Yeti/Karoq spied with unique body panels

The replacement for the Skoda Yeti has been spied again, but this time it's sporting unique body work. The last set of spy photos we published, way back in the middle of 2016, showed the Yeti replacement looking virtually identical to its Volkswagen Tiguan sibling, except for a new grille and, potentially, new bonnet...