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Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division
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Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division

One of the key figures behind Volkswagen's dominant return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) has been appointed managing director of the German manufacturer's ever-popular 'R' performance arm. Volkswagen has announced that, effective June 1, Jost Capito will head up Volkswagen R GmbH, despite leaving his post as Volkswagen’s director of motorsport in August 2016 to take up the position of CEO of McLaren Racing just one month later...


Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming
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Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming

Volkswagen has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment on all its vans, which includes the Caddy, Crafter and Transporter. All vans in the German company's range will benefit from the fitment of front assist and city-speed emergency braking as standard equipment, beating competing brands like Mercedes-Benz...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 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...


Volkswagen Arteon wagon, V6 options being considered
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Volkswagen Arteon wagon, V6 options being considered

The Volkswagen Arteon has only just popped its head into this big scary world, and Volkswagen is already opening discussing variants for the vehicle. Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz, head of Volkswagen's medium and large vehicle programs, has told AutoExpress, “I would like to make an [Arteon] shooting brake — these plans are underway but it’s not yet final"...


2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specs: Wagons and Wolfsburgs return to local line-up
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specs: Wagons and Wolfsburgs return to local line-up

Pricing and specifications for the wider 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' R range have been revealed this week ahead of its August arrival, marking the return of the limited-edition Wolfsburg models, while the more practical wagon version is back as a permanent member of the family from January 2018...


Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change
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Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has admitted that the near-autocratic corporate structures that lied about diesel emissions and shattered the company's reputation is proving hard to break apart. A report from Reuters this week, run by Automotive News Europe, contained some remarkably frank quotes from the former Porsche AG chief, who was appointed Group chief shortly after the diesel scandal broke in September 2015...


Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report
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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

The boss of Volkswagen is said to have confirmed the company is working on high-performance 'R' versions of its SUV models, according to a new report out of the UK this week. Speaking with Auto Express, Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said the company is right now developing several SUV R models to expand its performance line-up...


Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept has been revealed this week at the company's annual Wörthersee gathering, packing 200kW of power from its upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade has made its debut at the annual GTI meet at Worthersee, Austria, and celebrates the 10th year of apprentice-built vehicles at the event. Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI First Decade has a 300kW engine, presumably a variant of the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, driving the front wheels...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed

Australian specifications for the upcoming 2018 Volkswagen Arteon have been announced this week ahead of its launch in October. Replacing the ageing Volkswagen CC, the Arteon is essentially, like its predecessor, a four-door coupe version of the Passat. Despite this, the Arteon will introduce an array of technology not currently seen in the Passat range, or Volkswagen's current local line-up for that matter...


2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner review
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2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner review

A price that isn't as sharp as it once was, and a ride that is sharper than we'd hoped: those are two elements that make the 2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner an option that requires some weighing up.


Volkswagen Up! GTI confirmed as concept debuts for Woerthersee Treffen: video
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Volkswagen Up! GTI confirmed as concept debuts for Woerthersee Treffen: video

Fans of old school hot hatches rejoice! Volkswagen has revealed details on its upcoming Up! GTI, a back-to-basics runabout that draws parallels to the 1976 Golf GTI Mk1 and will compete with the Abarth 595. The Volkswagen Up! GTI packs a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine punching out 85kW and 230Nm...


Volkswagen 'Spirit of Amarok' Challenge: CarAdvice represent!
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Volkswagen 'Spirit of Amarok' Challenge: CarAdvice represent!

While most utes spend their time in and around the urban grind traversing worksites and city parking lots, there’s a subset of utes and ute buyers that do a little bit more. Volkswagen recognised this and established the Volkswagen Spirit of Amarok Challenge, which combines competitors from all over the world to compete against the clock across a range of technical and rally stages...


Citroen Berlingo v Fiat Doblo v Volkswagen Caddy comparison
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Citroen Berlingo v Fiat Doblo v Volkswagen Caddy comparison

Small vans at small prices – that’s the mantra for this test, with three value-focused compact cargo carriers going against each other to find out which is the best small van you can get. The three vans we have here may not be household names to the majority of passenger car buyers, but if you own a small business – say you’re a florist, plumber, painter, baker or any number of other professions – there’s a chance you know the Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo and Volkswagen Caddy...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 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...


Volkswagen Arteon will pull over if you pass out or doze off
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Volkswagen Arteon will pull over if you pass out or doze off

The Volkswagen Arteon, which goes on sale later this year, will be the brand's flagship sedan outside of China, and, as such, will be fitted with as much as safety technology as possible. With its on-sale date looming on the horizon, Volkswagen has begun talking up the Arteon's safety and technology features, including Emergency Assist 2...


Volkswagen Beetle Old v New: 1965 v 2017
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Volkswagen Beetle Old v New: 1965 v 2017

Cars of the 1940s and 1950s around the world were big and trimmed to the gills in chrome. While most looked like airplanes and were stunning to look at, they also cost a small fortune to run. Enter the Volkswagen Beetle. First introduced in 1938, the tiny ‘people's car’ shot to prominence after World War II...


Volkswagen cancels 10-speed dual-clutch transmission development - report
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Volkswagen cancels 10-speed dual-clutch transmission development - report

Volkswagen has cancelled development of a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission. Friedrich Eichler, head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group, confirmed the project's demise with Automotive News on the sidelines of last month's International Vienna Motor Symposium. Eichler told the industry publication, "Two months ago, I had the prototype crushed"...


Volkswagen's global range to have 19 SUVs by 2020
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Volkswagen's global range to have 19 SUVs by 2020

The Volkswagen brand plans to rapidly and substantially grow its stable of crossover vehicles in the coming three years. During the brand's 2017 annual session, Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen marque, said, "By 2020, we will expand our worldwide SUV model portfolio from two to 19...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 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...