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Skoda Kodiaq RS on the way, but sub-Octavia RS models won't happen

The Skoda Kodiaq RS, a hot version of Skoda's largest car to date, is on the way, although it's not clear when it will make its debut. Christian Strube, head of research and development at Skoda, confirmed in a chat with Evo that the Czech company will produce a performance version of the new Kodiaq crossover, which will, as expected, wear RS branding...

Volkswagen cops fines, charges, arrest in Dieselgate plea

Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges in the United States over the long-running dieselgate saga. The company has also agreed to pay a total of US$4.3billion in fines while six Volkswagen executives have been charged over the emissions scandal...

2017 Skoda Superb Sportline: New flagship here in February

The Skoda Superb range will be bolstered by a sporty new flagship next month, with the stylish Sportline trim confirmed for the Australian market from February. Based on the current range-topper – the 206TSI – the Skoda Superb Sportline is essentially a cosmetic kit a-la BMW M Sport or Volkswagen R-Line, adding a subtle bodykit and gloss-black highlights throughout the exterior...

Skoda launches five-year warranty in Australia - UPDATE

Skoda has upgraded its warranty offering today from three to five years on private, general fleet and government vehicles, while carrying over the already strong unlimited-kilometre coverage. Vehicles purchased for commercial use also get a five year warranty, but with a 150,000-kilometre limit...

Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...

2017 Skoda Octavia Scout facelift unveiled

The facelifted Skoda Octavia Scout has been revealed a day after the...

Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved

Volkswagen has settled two major Dieselgate-related lawsuits in North America, which could set the company back a further $3.4 billion dollars. 3.0-litre V6 TDI The first case is a US civil lawsuit in relation to the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine that has a defeat device that detects laboratory emissions testing and is capable of putting the engine into a “temperature conditioning” mode, which limits NOx (oxides of nitrogen) output...

2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift revealed ahead of Australian debut: New looks, more power for hot Czech

The updated Skoda Octavia RS was unveiled overnight with a smidge more power for the petrol model. Visually, the Octavia's controversial new headlight arrangement is a little less obvious in the RS, as the sports model has a completely dark grille that blends into the secondary headlamp units...

Audi recalls over 6000 vehicles for diesel fix

Audi Australia has commenced its recall amidst the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, issuing a notice for over 6000 vehicles locally, including variants of the A4, A5, A6, Q3 and Q5...

Volkswagen Group Australia announces voluntary recall of 61,000 vehicles for diesel software fix

Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) has announced it will initiate a voluntary recall of a further 61,000 Volkswagen and Skoda models affected in the emissions test-cheating scandal that came into public view around one year ago. Confirming Federal Government approval for the recall today, VGA said that a software fix is now available for "more than 35,000" cars, with other model-specific software solutions to become available "shortly"...

CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!

Paul returns from the LA Motor Show and gives us his hits and misses, and Dave is fresh (and dusty) from the WRC. In car news this week, we feature the 2018 Ford Mustang details being leaked, 2017 Suzuki S-Cross and Holden Barina pricing and specs, Dodge Charger and Challenger being investigated for a RHD conversion, 2018 LDV T60 ute is revealed and the Honda Jazz infotainment unit gets an update, but it's missing something very important! We talk to James Ward about the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which he drove on its launch in Minorca...