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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 24

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...

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Volkswagen to settle 'dieselgate' claim with US government for $13.8 billion - report
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Volkswagen to settle 'dieselgate' claim with US government for $13.8 billion - report

A new report indicates that the Volkswagen is close to agreeing a US$10.2 billion ($13.8 billion) deal with the US government to settle the 'dieselgate' emissions tests cheating scandal. Two sources have told the Associated Press that the Volkswagen Group has reached a tentative agreement with various government agencies, and that full details of the settlement will be announced on Tuesday (US time) by San Francisco district court judge Charles Breyer...


Volkswagen AG details plan for cleaner future, as shareholder meeting turns acrimonious
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Volkswagen AG details plan for cleaner future, as shareholder meeting turns acrimonious

Volkswagen AG says it will fit particulate filters to petrol engines, advocates independent emissions testing on its cars, and wants to be a leader in vehicle electrification and vehicle autonomy. But key shareholders remain furious over dieselgate...


Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison
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Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison

The arrival of the new 2016 Abarth 595 has dropped the ownership doorway into Italy's famed scorpion shield from mid-$30k down to a basement-level $27,500 list price. Stripping back the frills, while liberally pilfering from the marque's go-fast parts bin, this 'regular 595' is the type of cut-priced sweet spot many buyers having been hankering for...


Volkswagen Group to axe 40 models - report
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Volkswagen Group to axe 40 models - report

The Volkswagen Group will reportedly axe around 40 models to cut costs and make way for an electric vehicle onslaught. Sources within Volkswagen told German newspaper Handelsblatt that the automaker will cut a total of around 40 models from its mainstream Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda marques...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 8: Parallel imports, Jag and Audi reviews, local Tiguan details, and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 8: Parallel imports, Jag and Audi reviews, local Tiguan details, and more

Welcome to episode 8 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric leads the way while regular co-host Mandy Turner wrestles a cold, but Mikes Costello and Stevens are on-board to hold his hand...


Volkswagen to launch 30 electrified models by 2025
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Volkswagen to launch 30 electrified models by 2025

Volkswagen has outlined its goals to become a world leader in sustainable mobility, detailing a new ‘Together - Strategy 2025’ plan this week. The German automotive giant - which owns various other brands like Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche and Skoda - has shifted its focus to battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs), with the company announcing it aims to release more than 30 new electric and electric-assisted vehicles by 2025...


Lego Volkswagen Beetle revealed for Creator series
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Lego Volkswagen Beetle revealed for Creator series

Toy company Lego has released a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 set for its ‘Creator’ line. Made up of 1167 pieces, the 1960s Azure Blue Beetle model measures 29cm long, 12cm wide and 15cm long...


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan: Australian specifications revealed
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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan: Australian specifications revealed

The bigger new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan will offer strong levels of standard equipment across the board when it hits Australian showrooms in September. Volkswagen Australia today announced most of the specifications for the three-variant, second-generation Tiguan medium SUV range — billed as “one of its most significant launches in recent memory”...


Volkswagen could sell Ducati, MAN - report
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Volkswagen could sell Ducati, MAN - report

The Volkswagen Group is reportedly considering selling off some of its non-core brands to help fund the company's recovery from the 'dieselgate' saga. Anonymous sources have told Bloomberg that, earlier this week, Volkswagen's senior management team presented a sweeping package of proposals to the supervisory board...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok Review
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok Review

We head to Germany to test drive the updated Volkswagen Amarok. The highlight is that newly added turbo-diesel V6 engine, which will land in Australia in two trim grades. Will it be worth the big spend?


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 10
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 10

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...


Volkswagen under investigation in Germany over deleted 'dieselgate' data
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Volkswagen under investigation in Germany over deleted 'dieselgate' data

Volkswagen is being investigated by authorities in Germany over data that was deleted in advance of the company's public admission that it had installed defeat devices to cheat its way past emissions testing...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6: four-wheel disc brake upgrade, but no rear airbags
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6: four-wheel disc brake upgrade, but no rear airbags

Despite all major, mainstream competition featuring second row airbags, the updated and powered-up 2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 will land in Australia later this year without that basic safety feature. While airbags will not be standard in the second row, Volkswagen representatives told CarAdvice in Germany this week it is ‘considering the feature’ currently...


Volkswagen gets further 'dieselgate' fix approval in Germany
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Volkswagen gets further 'dieselgate' fix approval in Germany

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved fixes for around 1.9 million Volkswagen, Audi and Seat diesel vehicles fitted with an emissions testing defeat device. Overnight, the German government approved a fix that covers 1.1 million 2.0-litre EA189 turbo-diesel engines used in the Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Caddy and Tiguan, as well as the Audi A4, A5, A6 and Q5, and Seat Exeo...


Toyota retains brand value crown, Tesla enters top 10, Volkswagen drops out
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Toyota retains brand value crown, Tesla enters top 10, Volkswagen drops out

Toyota is still on top, BMW is still second and Mercedes-Benz is still third in the latest top-10 list for brand value in the global automotive market as calculated annually by research group Millward Brown. Each year, the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study lists values for the world’s biggest companies...


Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition getting a manual gearbox for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition getting a manual gearbox for Australia

Purists rejoice! The powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition will be available in Australia with a six-speed manual gearbox from the third quarter of 2016. The manual gearbox version will join the already confirmed six-speed DSG automatic offering. As we know, the 40 Years limited edition is the most powerful production Golf GTI to date, with outputs from its 2...


Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report
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Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report

Volkswagen is rumoured to be developing a range-topping GTI variant of its small Up! hatch, according to a new report. British car magazine AutoCar claims officials at the firm’s headquarters in Germany are planning the new GTI model as a rival to the Abarth 595...


Deals On Wheels for June 4: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers
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Deals On Wheels for June 4: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at five factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum The lauded Volvo XC90 is already the subject of factory-backed deals...


Fiat Chrysler accused of emissions cheating, skipping meeting with German authorities
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Fiat Chrysler accused of emissions cheating, skipping meeting with German authorities

Fiat Chrysler is suspected of installing an emissions testing defeat device on diesel versions of the Fiat 500X crossover. According to the Bild am Sonntag, the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA) believes that the device allows the car's emissions control system to work optimally for around 22 minutes before shutting off...