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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...

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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car revealed
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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car revealed

Volkswagen has followed the Golf GTI TCR launch with another – arguably more exciting – motorsport reveal, in the form of the rally-ready Polo GTI R5. The R5 continues the line of Polo-based rally cars from Volkswagen, a line which has seen some serious success in recent seasons...


2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline arrives from $45,990
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline arrives from $45,990

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline has landed in Australia, with the new entry-level performance model to kick off from $45,990 before on-road costs. Sitting below the 162TSI Highline and 162TSI R-Line in the Tiguan range, the 162TSI Sportline brings Golf GTI performance at a lower price, while still offering a strong equipment list...


Volkswagen MOIA electric ride-sharing concept unveiled
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Volkswagen MOIA electric ride-sharing concept unveiled

The Volkswagen MOIA concept has been unveiled, a year after the MOIA ride-sharing division was established by the Volkswagen Group. The MOIA concept has a driving range of over 300km, and can be topped up to 80 per cent within 30 minutes, provided you have the requisite fast-charging hardware. The van has electric sliding side doors and seating for up to six passengers...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf 7.5 arrived earlier this year, but part of the (expansive) hatchback lineup missed out on a refresh. After a championship-winning season, the Golf GTI TCR has finally been given its '7.5' makeover, bringing the entry-level racer into line with the road car range...


Volkswagen Touareg Monochrome arrives from $74,990
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Volkswagen Touareg Monochrome arrives from $74,990

Volkswagen has announced a new special edition Touareg for Australia. Dubbed the Monochrome, the black-and-white edition brings a raft of styling add-ons and interior equipment compared to the existing Touareg 150TDI on which it's based. On the outside, you'll be able to tell the Monochrome apart from regular Touaregs thanks to its unique badges, black mirror caps, dark grille and roof rails, along with dark tinting on the tail-lights...


2018 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Arteon recalled
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2018 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Arteon recalled

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall notice for a handful of Passats, one Golf and one Arteon, to correct an issue with the rear-wheel bearing housing. According to the company, the rear-wheel bearing housing on a total of 64 vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient case hardening...


Interview: Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch wants to revive the car servicing industry
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Interview: Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch wants to revive the car servicing industry

Ever since Volkswagen Group Australia’s managing director, Michael Bartsch, returned from the US two years ago after a long stint in senior executive roles at Porsche and Infiniti, he’s prioritised talking about the state of our car servicing industry...


Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity
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Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity

The Volkswagen Group, parent to brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, has announced its future investment plans this week, including a commitment of over $52.81 billion (EUR 34 billion) into new-age automotive technology development. Matthias Müller, CEO for the German automotive group, said: "We are reinventing the car...


2017 Ford Transit Custom 290S auto v Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 auto comparison
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2017 Ford Transit Custom 290S auto v Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 auto comparison

A growing majority of tradies and delivery drivers are choosing automatic transmissions for their vans, in a bid to give their left feet a rest in the daily grind of gridlock. The majority of these vans sold are the fleet-favoured (but ordinary to drive) Toyota HiAce and the evergreen Hyundai iLoad, but here we're looking at the next rung down...


Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report
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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...


2018 Volkswagen Golf R Wagon Wolfsburg Edition review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Wagon Wolfsburg Edition review

The Volkswagen Golf R Wagon Wolfsburg Edition offers all its hot-hatch sibling does and so much more. It's just about the most accomplished and useable performance car on the planet for under $60K.

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$59,990

Volkswagen Australia doesn't plan on extending its warranty
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Volkswagen Australia doesn't plan on extending its warranty

Volkswagen Australia has no present plan to extend its standard factory warranty beyond three years — yet — largely because it doesn’t see itself losing sales to other middle market brands with longer terms of coverage...


World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy

World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy

The heart-stopping curves, pulse-racing gradients and breathtaking elevation: the rewards that make Europe’s finest Alpine passes so compelling are, by their very nature, what also make the world’s best roads so inaccessible...

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$43,990

Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000
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Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing...


Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research
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Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research

Volkswagen and Google have agreed to work together on "practically oriented research" related to quantum computing. The German automaker will use Google's quantum computing technology in three fields of research: traffic optimisation, machine learning, and material simulation, specifically for high-performance electric car batteries...


Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased
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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...


Volkswagen Australia expecting huge Tiguan sales increase in 2018
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Volkswagen Australia expecting huge Tiguan sales increase in 2018

Production shortfalls in Germany have hampered sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan in Australia during its first 12 months on the market, but the company says a clearer pipeline and the imminent arrival of a seven-seat long-wheelbase option will give it room to dramatically scale-up deliveries during 2018...


BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network
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BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon review

The Volkswagen Arteon succeeds the CC as its glamorous passenger flagship. But there's beauty to be found below the skin, too, though the fundamentals of the car are entirely familiar.

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$65,490