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Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

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Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they're like! Here are our five favourites from January, along with the story that inspired the most comments...

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World's greatest driving roads: Julian Alps, Slovenia

World's greatest driving roads: Julian Alps, Slovenia

To say Slovenia has gone through a few rough patches throughout history is beyond an understatement. But with the relative calm and stability of post 1990s independence, the northern region of the former Yugoslavia, much like its southern neighbour Croatia, has become an increasingly popular destination for the smart and discerning traveller...

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2019 Volkswagen Touareg previewed
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg previewed

  The third-generation 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will make its debut in Beijing on March 23, the company has confirmed. A single side-on sketch of the flagship SUV was posted online, previewing sleeker looks inspired by the Arteon and T-Prime GTE concept, the latter revealed in Beijing two years ago...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original: Quick drive
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original: Quick drive

The 'purist' GTI is back. Three doors, limited options, and a good whack cheaper than the regular model. That's the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original. Volkswagen's Australian arm confirmed the new $37,490 offering in August last year, after having first offered the GTI Performance Edition 1 three-door at just over $10,000 more than the Original...


Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 pricing and specs
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Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 pricing and specs

The special-edition Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 has been detailed ahead of its March launch, priced from $64,990 drive-away. Limited to 120 units, the Kombi 70 is based on the Multivan TDI340 Comfortline, and comes exclusively with a DSG transmission. The special model celebrates 70 years "since the conception" of the original Kombi van, adding a range of retro-styled equipment to celebrate the milestone...


Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label confirmed for Australia
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Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label special edition has been confirmed and detailed for the Australian market, ahead of a local launch in April. Limited to 500 units nationally, the Dark Label is positioned between the Highline and Ultimate variants of the German ute, though pricing is yet to be confirmed...


2018 Volkswagen Polo recalled for towing eye fix
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2018 Volkswagen Polo recalled for towing eye fix

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the 2018 model-year Polo, over fears the welding on the included towing eye could fail under duress. According to the company, the towing eye in the vehicle tool kit could tear when force is exerted on it. If it does tear, the towrope could sling back and injure people standing nearby. A total of 2611 cars are affected by the recall...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi claims 2017 sales crown – here are the numbers
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi claims 2017 sales crown – here are the numbers

The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has claimed the global passenger vehicle sales crown for 2017 ahead of the Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company. According to figures released by the various companies, the French-Japanese alliance has successfully broken the two-way lockout of the sales charts in recent times...


2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review
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2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review

See the full article here. There is a battle royale on at the moment for the adventurous sporty types and the SUV is clearly winning. We have such an obsession with large ambling SUVs in Australia that a casual cruise by the local school at drop-off time had me lose count of the large vehicles occupying, at best guess, 60 per cent of the local parking spaces...


2018 Volkswagen Polo pricing and specs
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2018 Volkswagen Polo pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Volkswagen Polo range have been revealed this week, with the all-new light hatch to kick off at $17,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in showrooms next month. The sixth-generation of Volkswagen's light car comes in at just $800 more than the vehicle it replaces, despite being larger in every dimension, more powerful and featuring more equipment...


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...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon review
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon review

See the full article here. Remember the Volkswagen Phaeton? While it never came to Australia, it became globally renowned for being somewhat of an over-engineered (Bentley-based) oddball. The people’s limousine, as it were, was produced for 15 years, but the Bentley-based model missed sales targets, flopped early in the crucial US market, was reportedly one of Europe’s biggest loss-makers, and failed to transform VW’s brand image as hoped...


2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner pricing and specs
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2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner pricing and specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner has arrived in Australia, starting at $48,490 before on-road costs. Available in both medium- and long-wheelbase bodies ($51,990), the Crafter Runner is the first version of the all-new van to arrive Down Under, with the wider range to slowly make its way to Australia...


Volkswagen Golf 8 production due in 2019, but Australian launch much further out
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Volkswagen Golf 8 production due in 2019, but Australian launch much further out

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf 8 has been confirmed for 2019, according to an announcement made at its Supplier Summit for the upcoming model. Auto Express reports first examples of the next-generation Golf will roll down its Wolfsburg production line in 75 weeks, equating to June 2019...


Volkswagen and Hyundai exchange blows over hot hatch mastery
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Volkswagen and Hyundai exchange blows over hot hatch mastery

Incumbent hot hatch leader Volkswagen, and aggressive new kid on the block Hyundai, appear unwilling to merely let their cars do the talking, after engaging in a thoroughly entertaining sparring session over the imminent i30 N. Coinciding fittingly with the Australian Open tennis grand slam, Volkswagen Australia managing director this week used the release of the new entry Golf GTI Original variant to not-so-subtly backhand his rival from Korea...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid editions have arrived in Australian showrooms, making the performance Golf more affordable than ever. Pricing kicks off at $37,490 plus on-road costs for the GTI Original, and $47,490 for the Golf R Grid...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon review
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon review

Volkswagen gets arty with a new flagship passenger car, but can the Arteon keep style-conscious executives out of A5 Sportbacks, 4 Series Gran Coupes or C-Classes?

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled
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2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled

The new Volkswagen Jetta has made its debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show, but the sleeker-looking sedan is unlikely to grace Australian showrooms. Unlike the current car, the new Jetta is based on the MQB platform for front- and all-wheel drive cars with a transverse engine. The new sedan is one of the last mainstream models in the Volkswagen range to transition onto MQB...


VW Amarok recalled for steering fix
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VW Amarok recalled for steering fix

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the MY17 and MY18 Amarok over concerns a poorly fitting clip could damage the power steering return hose. According to the company, the damaged hose could cause a hydraulic fluid leak, which in turn can create a loss of power steering assistance. The car's handling is affected if the power steering fails, heightening the risk of accident...