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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 24, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 24, 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...

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2018 Volkswagen Touareg caught undisguised
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2018 Volkswagen Touareg caught undisguised

The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been spied almost completely without disguise, with only its badge and trim highlights obscured. The big SUV was snapped by a reader of South Africa's Car magazine at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The new Touareg was spotted alongside an undisguised version of the next-generation Polo hatch, possibly the same car photographed last week...


Volkswagen Karmann Ghia on stilts!
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia on stilts!

We’ve come to know the Volkswagen Baja Bug as a Beetle that’s been modified to go off-road - but what about a VW Karmann Ghia that’s been given the same treatment? This 1964 model was recently on offer through Ebay and was modified in the late 1970s for some seriously fast off-road racing that competed in 1979 and 1981’s Baja 1000...


Volkswagen Kombi ute with a mad 250 horsepower!
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Volkswagen Kombi ute with a mad 250 horsepower!

This is not your average Volkswagen Single Cab ute. Sure, the orange and black paintwork is cool, and its low stance on those huge American racing rims sets the veedub off perfectly. As advertised on Old Bug, it’s what's underneath that will blow your mind. Powering it is a six-cylinder 3...


2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line review
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2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line review

At $57,990 the 2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line is a true semi-prestige value-for-money hero among the 'bottom feeder' models from the big three German luxury car manufacturers.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5: Australian details
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2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5: Australian details

Initial Australian specifications for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range have been detailed ahead of its July launch. Pricing, the car maker's local arm says, is still to be finalised. For the new model year, the Golf hatch and wagon range receive a number of added features, along with the availability of new technologies normally reserved for high-end luxury cars...


2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 Review: Long-term report five, and farewell
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2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 Review: Long-term report five, and farewell

Instalment five of our long-term test of the 2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 is the final one, and it sees our chief photographer, Sam Venn, telling us what he reckoned. Get this – he hadn’t spent much time in a manual before we got this vehicle, so it was a learning curve for him... You’ve spent time driving, loading, unloading and parking the car...


2018 Volkswagen Polo due in June, Australian launch early next year
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2018 Volkswagen Polo due in June, Australian launch early next year

The all-new, next-generation 2018 Volkswagen Polo will make its world premiere in June, the company has confirmed this week. Confirming an early 2018 launch for Australia, the company's local communications chief Paul Pottinger told CarAdvice today we can expect a "quantum change" for the new model...


I didn't want to buy a Toyota HiLux. But I did.
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I didn't want to buy a Toyota HiLux. But I did.

Hatred.  Vilification. Prejudice.  Strong words indeed and ones normally applied to far weightier aspects of our human existence than buying a new car. As a middled-aged and middle class white male they are not normally words that get thrown in my direction. I now know what it feels like to be in the oppressed majority. Let me tell you a story about how it all happened...


Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok

Read the full review here  There are work utes – you know, the single-cab budget-focused models aimed at tradies specifically – and there are lifestyle utes, those that cost $60,000 to $70,000 that are more often seen with a dude in a suit driving them rather than a bloke in overalls...


Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok

There are work utes – you know, the single-cab, budget-focused models aimed at tradies specifically – and there are lifestyle utes, those that cost $60,000 to $70,000 that are more often seen with a dude in a suit driving them rather than a bloke in overalls. In fact, we drove those types of utes in our eight ute mega test a while ago, and we've even done an extra-cab lifestyle ute comparison, too...


Volkswagen, Skoda and Tata begin strategic alliance, shared development
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Volkswagen, Skoda and Tata begin strategic alliance, shared development

The Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors have officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), and will begin working on "long-term partnership" centred around India and the subcontinent. According to the two parties, the ultimate goal is to expand their offerings through jointly developed products...


2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 review: Long-term report four

2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 review: Long-term report four

This the fourth instalment in the 2016 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 long-term review, and this time we asked Glen Sullivan, producer, videographer and editor, to tell us what he thought of the van. To keep it simple, we asked him the same questions. And that's not him in the pictures – it's his brother, Brett...


2017 Geneva motor show gallery
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2017 Geneva motor show gallery

The 2017 Geneva motor show is done and dusted, leaving us with only fond memories and heightened anticipation for the arrival of newly revealed cars to Australian shores. On the ground in Geneva, our own David Zalstein ran about with the camera to help tell the story of the show for us back home...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate V6 gets matte paint option
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate V6 gets matte paint option

The Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate V6 has gained a new option: matte paint, in either blue or grey. The premium paint will set buyers back a further $3990. The Amarok Ultimate V6 starts at $67,990 before on-road costs. The entry-level Amarok V6, the $59,990 Highline, cannot be specified with this new option...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 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...


Volkswagen chief turns down Fiat Chrysler boss' call for a merger
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Volkswagen chief turns down Fiat Chrysler boss' call for a merger

The head of the Volkswagen Group has flatly stated on the record that he's not interested in a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Earlier this week, Marchionne told Bloomberg and other media outlets at the Geneva motor show that he had "no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat" about a merger between the two automakers...


Volkswagen, Skoda low-cost cars to share Tata platform - report
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Volkswagen, Skoda low-cost cars to share Tata platform - report

According to a report, Volkswagen and Tata will soon publicly announce a joint product development push centred around low-cost vehicles. A report in Autocar India states that during the 2017 Geneva motor show, which kicked off this week, Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, and Guenter Butschek, managing director of Tata Motors, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)...


2016-17 Volkswagen Golf recalled for tyre placard labels
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2016-17 Volkswagen Golf recalled for tyre placard labels

Volkswagen has issued a recall for 411 examples of its 2016 and 2017 model-year Golf over concerns certain vehicles could be fitted with incorrect tyre placard labels. The company says the affected vehicles may have labels displaying the wrong specifications for the vehicle...


2008-10 Skoda, Volkswagen models recalled for ABS fix
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2008-10 Skoda, Volkswagen models recalled for ABS fix

Skoda and Volkswagen have issued recalls across several model lines between 2008 and 2010 over concerns the ABS systems could fail. Among the models affected are the popular Golf, Jetta and Octavia, all of which share the same underpinnings - hence why several model lines are affected...