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CarAdvice podcast 75: Solar cars drive down the centre for World Solar Challenge

Mandy Turner and Paul Maric are on the panel this week, as they bring you the latest car news. It includes Polestar 1 being unveiled, GM CEO sharing her concerns over China’s planned petrol and diesel car ban. Also, Lexus NX and CT200h pricing and specs have been released, the Volkswagen Scirocco was put into retirement this week, and the Volkswagen Amarok V6 sets a record at WTAC...

Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands

The Volkswagen Group is looking to diffuse emerging tensions among its mass-market marques by giving them more clearly-defined roles in the future. According to a report from Reuters, the automotive giant wants to cut the overlap between Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen vehicles, in an attempt to better take advantage of its manufacturing scale...

Former Volkswagen and Audi engine boss arrested for role in Dieselgate - report

Wolfgang Hatz, former head of engine development at the Volkswagen Group, has reportedly been arrested as part of investigations into the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. According to a joint investigation by the Suddeutscher Zeitung newspaper, and the NDR and WDR television networks, Hatz was arrested earlier this week by prosecutors in Munich who are investigating the affair on behalf of the German government...

2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 pricing and specs

The 2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 will kick off from $43,390 before on-road costs when it arrives in November, the company has confirmed. Compared to the standard petrol-powered Octavia RS, the RS245 commands a $4500 premium. And, unlike the previous RS230 that came before it, the 245 is now a permanent member of the range...

Skoda Vision E: Revised EV concept revealed

The Skoda Vision E concept has made its European debut at this week's Frankfurt motor show, sporting a more resolved look than the original concept that was revealed in Shanghai earlier this year. Much like the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II concept, the Vision E has received a light nip and tuck for Frankfurt, making it appear closer to production-ready...

2018 Skoda Fabia pricing and specs

Local pricing for the upgraded 2018 Skoda Fabia range has been announced this week, with the revised hatch and wagon range starting at $16,890 and $18,040 before on-road costs. The price of entry for both the hatch and wagon is up by $400, with the headlining change being the previous 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine swapped out for a new 1...

2018 Skoda Rapid Spaceback on sale now

The updated 2018 Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatch is on sale now, with pricing set at $23,990 drive-away for the standalone 92TSI model. That price includes the standard fitment of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, teamed to 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine...

2018 Skoda Kodiaq 140TDI diesel joins Australian range

A new range-topping diesel model in the Skoda Kodiaq range has been added, in the form of the 140TDI variant. But it won't be in dealerships for a few months yet. Sitting above the existing 132TSI petrol variant, the $48,990 (plus on-road costs) 2018 Skoda Kodiaq 140TDI model brings a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing - you guessed it - 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque...

2018 Skoda Octavia RS on sale in Australia from $38,890, RS245 confirmed

The facelifted 2018 Skoda Octavia RS range has touched down in Australia, starting at $38,890 before on-road costs, or $41,990 drive-away. Six variants, two engines and two body styles will be offered, for now, including the uprated 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Golf 7.5 GTI, along with the familiar 135kW/380Nm 2...

Skoda Australia sales on the rise

Skoda has something of a cult following among CarAdvice consumers, a sub-group that'll be delighted to hear about the company's success of late. The Czech member of the Volkswagen Group - based on brand tenets of practicality and value with premium architectures - is enjoying double-digit sales growth in Australia during 2017...

Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade

After an event billed as the National Diesel Forum, involving Germany's top political leaders, the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Opel and Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) have agreed to upgrade millions of diesel vehicles to cut their pollution output...