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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 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...

CarAdvice podcast 41: A lap in the Jaguar F-Type and special guest, John Deeks!

Join Mandy and James Ward as they give you the latest car news, like the Range Rover Velar teased and plus the brand could stretch to passenger cars. Also the pricing and specs of the 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline have been released, CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code, BMW voted world’s most admired car company, PSA's plan to buy Opel is advancing, Geely and PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week...

2017 Skoda Superb Sportline pricing and specs

The 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline is now officially on sale, and the brand has added the comprehensive styling pack – including interior and exterior features – for just $1000 over the regular Superb 206TSI upon which it's based...

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 Superb RS, Kodiaq RS models under consideration

Skoda's hot sub-brand could be extended to include Superb RS and Kodiaq RS models in the coming years. Bernhard Maier, Skoda's CEO, told AutoExpress recently that the Czech marque believes that there's “serious potential” for performance versions of the brand's largest models, the Superb and soon-to-be-revealed Kodiaq...

Skoda Australia posts record sales

Skoda Australia sold a record-breaking 440 vehicles in May, its biggest month to date. The strong month was principally driven by the just-launched Superb (58 sales, up 176 per cent) and the entry Fabia (84 sales, up 127 per cent). Skoda’s traditional best-seller, the Octavia mid-size sedan, wagon and Scout crossover derivative, found 195 buyers...

Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating

The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings heralds maximum five-star ratings for a quartet of newly launched cars — the Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb. The new Holden Spark - our class leader in the micro car segment - is the first in class to get five stars against ANCAP’s most strenuous 2016 rating criteria. It managed 33...

Skoda Superb, Yeti and Volkswagen Tiguan recalled in Australia

The recently-launched 2016 Skoda Superb, its small Yeti stablemate and the current-generation Volkswagen Tiguan have been recalled in Australia this week. The Superb's recall centres on a fault with the sunroof, while the Yeti and Tiguan have both been called in over an airbag issue...

2019 Skoda Superb to be the company's first plug-in hybrid - report

The new Skoda Superb is expected to be the first electrified model from the Czech manufacturer, which will be followed by a range of Volkswagen Group plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) models over the next ten years. Skoda is understood to be planning a plug-in hybrid variant of the Superb for 2019, which will make it the first PHEV of any type from the brand, followed by its first fully electric vehicle (EV) a few years later...

2016 Skoda Superb pricing and specifications

The 2016 Skoda Superb liftback and wagon range has finally arrived in Australia, as the harbinger of a new era for the fast-growing Czech brand. The third-generation B8 Skoda Superb is new from the ground up — platform, powertrain, technology — and offers an array of brand-first features. It’s also even bigger inside than the gargantuan previous version, itself quite a feat...

Medium/large cars coming in 2016

Medium/large cars coming in 2016 Mainstream medium/large cars Ford Falcon XR Sprint – Q1 Skoda Superb – Q1 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack – Q1 Subaru Levorg – mid 2016 Hyundai / Genesis G80 rebranding – late 2016/early 2017 Luxury medium/large cars Audi A4 sedan – February Audi A4 Avant – March/April Infiniti Q70 update – February Jaguar XF – February Lexus GS F – February BMW 750i/750iL – March Jaguar XJ – March BMW 330e – May BMW M4 GTS – June Audi RS6 Avant Performance, RS7 Sportback Performance – Q2 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-in – Q2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in – Q2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – Q2 Jaguar XE update (infotainment) – first half Audi S8 Plus – mid 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet – Q3 Infiniti Q60 – Q4 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – Q4 Volvo S90 – Q4 BMW 3 Series GT update – second half BMW 4 Series update – second half Infiniti Q50 update – second half Audi S4 sedan and Avant – late 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet – late 2016/early 2017...