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The asphalt is clear. The buzz of insects intersperses the idle chatter of a crowd patiently awaiting the main event. They, and I, have gone to great lengths to see what we are about to see...

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Volkswagen says PHEVs just a bridge to pure-electric future
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Volkswagen says PHEVs just a bridge to pure-electric future

The Volkswagen Group may be putting a huge investment into plug-in hybrid vehicle technologies across a number of its brands, but it remains simply a “bridging” technology on the path towards longer-range pure electric vehicles, according to its global drivetrain chief...


Volkswagen Polo and Passat R models still in the mix
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Volkswagen Polo and Passat R models still in the mix

“Unbelievable” sales of the new-generation Golf R the world over means Volkswagen is thinking about just how broad it can go with its performance range.  Volkswagen AG’s board member in charge of powertrain development, Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, told Australian media recently that the “emotional” R brand could spread to models such as the next-generation Polo or brand new Passat, or anywhere else for that matter...


2015 Volkswagen Passat Review
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2015 Volkswagen Passat Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is the eighth iteration of VW's top-selling vehicle worldwide, and it's a noticeable step up from the current one...


Volkswagen Australia chief "comfortable" with delayed Passat launch
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Volkswagen Australia chief "comfortable" with delayed Passat launch

Volkswagen Australia managing director John White says he is comfortable that local examples of the new-generation Volkswagen Passat won’t arrive for more than 12 months after the European launch taking place this week...


2015 Volkswagen Passat specifications
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2015 Volkswagen Passat specifications

When the 2015 Volkswagen Passat launches locally - but not for about 12 months, as explained here by Volkswagen Australia managing director John White - it will be available in 132TSI guise with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine with circa 132kW/250Nm, and a 135TDI turbo-diesel expected to offer 140kW/400Nm from the same displacement...


Volkswagen shoots for top five on the Australian sales charts
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Volkswagen shoots for top five on the Australian sales charts

Volkswagen Australia managing director John White says the company is still seeking to become a top-five selling car-maker nationwide before the end of the decade, partially on the back of improved supply and customer satisfaction...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon: week with Review
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon: week with Review

Everyone knows their way around this particular VW at CarAdvice... or do they? James tries to spend the week with the Volkswagen Golf Wagon.


Volkswagen XL2 Sport: Ducati-powered VW coupe concept intrigues in Paris
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Volkswagen XL2 Sport: Ducati-powered VW coupe concept intrigues in Paris

Volkswagen sprang something of a surprise on the eve of the Paris motor show at its annual Group Night, revealing a lean and mean sports coupe concept with ample production potential, developed with help from its famed motorcycle arm Ducati.  The wing-doored Volkswagen XL2 Sport, a performance derivation of the groundbreaking XL1 plug-in diesel hyper-miler, is pitched as a “driving machine unlike any other”...


Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label : Style-centric ute here in early 2015
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Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label : Style-centric ute here in early 2015

The limited edition Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label will add a stylish edge to the rugged work ute when it arrives in Australia early next year. Volkswagen will bring 300 Amarok Dark Label models to our market, priced from $56,990 for the TDI400 manual and $59,990 for the TDI420 automatic...


Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid revealed
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Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid revealed

The Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will be among the German giant’s reveals at this week’s 2014 Paris motor show.  The electrified take on its new-generation mid-sized staple takes on the GTE moniker premiered on the Mk7 Golf in February, and features a 160kW/400Nm powertrain that boasts claimed fuel use of less than 2...


Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo : Comparison review
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Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo : Comparison review

Not so long ago, buying a little car meant making big compromises. While some contenders had their strong suits, none could claim the all-round ability of those in the next class up despite costing just a few thousand dollars less. But before you head out and buy a Corolla, know this: the city car class of 2014 is growing up fast...


Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo comparison review
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Honda Jazz v Volkswagen Polo comparison review

Tegan and Tim put the new Honda Jazz and the updated Volkswagen Polo head to head in a battle of two of our favourite city cars.


2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack unveiled
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2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack unveiled

The rugged new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon has been revealed days before the 2014 Paris motor show. The new model has already been confirmed for the Australian market with an expected on-sale date by mid 2015, with Volkswagen Australia previously stating the car would follow the same mantra as the Passat Alltrack - and it's clear from these images that the resemblance is not in the name alone...


Volkswagen T6 Transporter to be introduced in 2015
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Volkswagen T6 Transporter to be introduced in 2015

A new generation Volkswagen Transporter - the T6 - will be launched in 2015, it has been revealed. The announcement comes following the unveiling of the Volkswagen Tristar concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, where Dr Eckhard Scholz, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said the brand is set to "embark on an intensive period" after announcing an extra night shift at the German plant where the vans are built...


Volkswagen Tristar concept previews next-generation Transporter
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Volkswagen Tristar concept previews next-generation Transporter

The Volkswagen Tristar concept was revealed overnight at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover, and it previews the look of the next-generation Transporter. Reports indicate that the next-generation Transporter will debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show that takes place in March...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has been revealed, with the German hot-hatch adopting a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the availability of a six-speed manual gearbox.. The new engine - which is borrowed from the EA888 powerplants developed by Audi - replaces the 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder unit...


2015 Volkswagen Touareg : Power, efficiency boosts for 3.0-litre V6 TDI
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2015 Volkswagen Touareg : Power, efficiency boosts for 3.0-litre V6 TDI

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engine will get more power and will be more fuel efficient when it goes on sale early next year. Fuel consumption of both the 150kW tune and the high-power version, which is up from 180kW to 193kW, both fall to 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres, representing economy improvements of six and eight per cent respectively based on European data...


Volkswagen Lamando: Jetta-size four-door "coupe" revealed in China
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Volkswagen Lamando: Jetta-size four-door "coupe" revealed in China

The Jetta-sized Volkswagen Lamando four-door "coupe" has been unveiled at the Chengdu auto show in China. Although it's aesthetically similar to the Jetta sedan, the new Lamando "coupe" rides on the more modern and flexible MQB architecture, meaning that the new car has more is common with the latest generation Golf...


Former Porsche CEO, CFO to stand trial over failed Volkswagen takeover
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Former Porsche CEO, CFO to stand trial over failed Volkswagen takeover

Both former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and CFO Holger Haerter have been ordered to stand trial over the company's failed takeover bid of Volkswagen. Bloomberg is reporting that a Stuttgart appeals court has overturned a lower court's decision in April that stated that there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with the case brought against the two by prosecutors in December 2012...