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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...

Volkswagen to withdraw diesels from US market, Mercedes-Benz could follow - report

Volkswagen will not offer new diesel models in the US, the company's brand chief has announced this week, ahead of more stringent regulations that will come into effect by the end of the decade. German newspaper Handelblatt reports that the automotive giant has made the decision to withdraw its diesel offerings, contrary to previous reports that Volkswagen executives indicated TDI models may come back to the States for the one or two years leading up to the new, stricter diesel laws...

Skoda offers 'clever' approach to service and ownership

The Skoda mantra of being 'simply clever' has progressed from the cars themselves to the complete ownership cycle, with the launch of the Skoda Care package in Australia. The Skoda Care product allows buyers to bundle in their three- or five-year service costs at the time of purchase, meaning that aside from petrol and key consumables (tyres etc), there are no further 'out of pocket' running costs for the ownership period...

Skoda Kodiaq RS: Bi-turbo diesel flagship all-but confirmed

It seems all-but confirmed that a Skoda Kodiaq RS hero model is in the works for the Czech badge's new large SUV line. CarAdvice spoke with Kodiaq Program Manager, Jiri Dytrych, at the International launch of the Kodiaq in Spain, who indicated that a more sports-oriented model would be a likely addition to the range...

Skoda Kodiaq SportLine bound for Geneva

The car isn't even on sale yet, and already a new trim level has been confirmed for the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq SUV. Speaking with executives at the Kodiaq's international launch in Mallorca, CarAdvice learned that the current four-trim lineup (S, SE, SE L and Edition) will be joined by a SportLine grade at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show...

Skoda working on resale value concerns, perceived and genuine

Skoda says it's actively working on improving its perceived and actual resale value to offer buyers greater confidence in choosing the Czech brand over more established Japanese and European rivals. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Octavia RS230 in Sydney yesterday (review), the head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, said that the perception that Skoda has poor resale isn’t reflective in reality these days...

Skoda keen for more big-selling RS models, including SUVs

Skoda Australia says it will put its hands up for any and all new RS models that might be in the pipeline, including any potential performance derivatives of its next-generation SUVs. The Skoda Octavia RS is the best-selling model from the Czech brand, signifying the importance of performance models that are in general far more popular in Australia as a percentage of overall sales than most other markets...

Skoda Kodiaq SUV could steal best-seller crown from Octavia

The upcoming 2017 Skoda Kodiaq SUV has the potential to be the brand’s best-selling model, according to the European brand’s boss in Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Octavia RS230 in Sydney yesterday (review), the head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, confirmed his high sales expectations for the new seven-seater SUV...

Skoda brand image rising, claims Australian boss

Europe’s quirkiest brand, Skoda, has kept its sales steady this year in the shrinking passenger segment with a range of brand-building exercises that has seen it differentiate itself from parent company Volkswagen and offer an alternative to those seeking an aspirational Japanese brand...