Volkswagen

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 and became famous for the Beetle (which was designed by Ferdinand Porsche). Today the German company owns Audi, Bugatti, Skoda, Lamborghini, SEAT and Porsche. Volkswagen has managed to grow its marketshare in Australia substantially over the last decade to take 9th position ahead of Honda with models such as the Golf, Passat, Polo, Touareg & Tiguan. Volkswagen aims to become the world's largest manufacturer and currently sells 14 different models in Australia.
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Former Porsche CEO, CFO to stand trial over failed Volkswagen takeover

Both former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and CFO Holger Haerter have been ordered to stand trial over the company's failed takeover bid of Volkswagen...

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Volkswagen Golf freeway death to be reviewed based on "new data" of vehicle issues - report
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Volkswagen Golf freeway death to be reviewed based on "new data" of vehicle issues - report

The case of a Melbourne woman who died when her Volkswagen Golf was hit from behind by a truck on a freeway will be reopened, with her family set to launch an independent review of the coronial inquest into her death. The family of Melissa Ryan has won the right to have the inquest reviewed after her stepfather Phil O’Donnell complied fresh evidence that the family believes should be considered...


2015 Volkswagen Polo Review
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2015 Volkswagen Polo Review

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Polo makes a good thing even better.

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Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected
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Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected

The slow-selling Volkswagen Jetta could soon receive a much-needed jab in the arm. The Jetta – which is essentially a mid-size sedan that sits separately to the Golf hatchback with higher pricing and varied equipment levels – has floundered this year, with sales dipping 35 per cent to the end of July...


2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices
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2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Polo has arrived in Australia, bringing lower pricing, revised styling, and new engines. The facelifted Volkswagen Polo will go on sale this weekend with pricing kicking off from just $15,990 driveaway for the entry-level 66TSI Trendline manual model, putting it close to sharply priced Japanese rivals such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and runout Mazda 2...


Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years
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Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years

The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is still two years away, but the new version will be worth the wait. That’s according to Volkswagen Australia’s managing director, John White, who told CarAdvice that the all-new Tiguan – which will be built off the same modular architecture as the seventh-generation Golf – will be a game-changer for the brand...


Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia
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Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia

The sporty Volkswagen R-Line option pack will be available to order on more models in Australia in the coming months. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will soon be selling an R-Line package for the Golf Wagon and a revised version of the Tiguan SUV, joining the current R-Line-equipped models that consists of the Touareg, Beetle and Golf hatch...


2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard

The Volkswagen Tiguan line-up is set to see some shuffling in the latter part of 2014, including the addition of a standard reverse-view camera on all models, and a new sporty R-Line model...


2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia
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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Scirocco R isn't dead in Australia, after all. Earlier this year Volkswagen Australia confirmed it was reassessing the need for the Scirocco R sports hatch as part of its line-up, particularly given the brand had models such as the Polo GTI, Golf GTI and GTI Performance and Golf R as part of its range...


Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report
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Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report

A new, more practical four-seat version of the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 is expected to become a reality, according overseas reports. UK publication Autocar states a new four-seater model based on the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel is in the works, as the brand looks to expand its eco-conscious range of vehicles in anticipation of a number of high-tech rivals - namely the production Honda FCEV and Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell models...


Volkswagen fires production chief over MQB production problems
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Volkswagen fires production chief over MQB production problems

Volkswagen has let go of its global production chief, Dr Michael Macht, due to significant problems in the production of cars built around the MQB modular toolkit. Dr Macht, board member responsible for group production, is the first senior management casualty from the roll out of the much vaunted MQB modular platform, with Volkswagen saying that Macht left by "mutual agreement"...


Van comparison : Toyota HiAce v Hyundai iLoad v Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic v Fiat Scudo v Mercedes-Benz Vito v Volkswagen Transporter
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Van comparison : Toyota HiAce v Hyundai iLoad v Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic v Fiat Scudo v Mercedes-Benz Vito v Volkswagen Transporter

Matt Campbell assesses seven load-lugging light commercial vans to see whether buyers are making the right business decision.


Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG
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Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently, and has long been, one of the best and most popular examples of the hot-hatch formula – as much as many would like to argue the point. With its front-wheel-drive layout, punchy engine and compact dimensions, the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI is not only supremely competent, it’s also vastly entertaining...


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Comparison : Manual v DSG

Which transmission is best, stick or paddles? David Zalstein and Tony Crawford tackle the question using one of the world's best and most popular hot-hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI.


Volkswagen talks to Fiat Chrysler about possible takeover - report
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Volkswagen talks to Fiat Chrysler about possible takeover - report

Members of the families controlling Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler have reportedly met to discuss the possibility of the German giant taking over the Italian-American car maker. A report by German website Manager Magazin claims that Volkswagen patriarch and chairman of supervisory board, Ferdinand Piëch, floated the idea of a takeover during meetings with the Elkann and Agnelli families, who hold a controlling stake in Fiat Chrysler...


Volkswagen CrossBlue seven-seat SUV production confirmed, Australian launch no sure thing
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Volkswagen CrossBlue seven-seat SUV production confirmed, Australian launch no sure thing

Volkswagen will address a significant hole in its line-up with the addition of a seven-seat family SUV to be built in the United States from the end of 2016 — but whether we will see it emerge in Australia remains unclear.  Today’s announcement comes as small surprise, but confirms the company will at last move towards offering a high-riding soft-roader with three rows of seats, a feature its Touareg lacks...


Volkswagen Passat revealed : First plug-in hybrid drivetrain for nameplate
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Volkswagen Passat revealed : First plug-in hybrid drivetrain for nameplate

The new-generation Volkswagen Passat has been revealed in both sedan and wagon guises at an official event in Germany. Codenamed B8, the new Volkswagen Passat sedan is 2mm shorter at 4767mm than the current B7 model, although the wheelbase has grown by 79mm to 2790mm. This, according to Volkswagen, has increased the length of the passenger compartment by 33mm...


Volkswagen Beetle Dune approved for production – report
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune approved for production – report

The dune buggy is back – that’s right, the crossover-inspired Volkswagen Beetle Dune model is set to be produced. Speculation over a production version was fuelled by new photographs of the Beetle Dune concept that surfaced just weeks ago, and now UK publication Car magazine reports it has been confirmed to make it to showrooms...


Volkswagen Beetle Dune could be built
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune could be built

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit auto show appears to be inching closer towards becoming a production reality. The Beetle Dune model showed up as a surprise unveiling at the US show in January, and onlookers were even more surprised when Volkswagen suggested a production version of the car was “a lot more feasible” to build than the original New Beetle Dune concept that debuted in Los Angeles in 2000...


Volkswagen Beetle GRC revealed: A 406kW rallycross special
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Volkswagen Beetle GRC revealed: A 406kW rallycross special

The Volkswagen Beetle GRC is a race car developed for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team and will race in this year's Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. With the latest generation Beetle, Volkswagen has been keen to burnish the car's masculine credentials. It all started with the production car's squarer, flatter styling and now there's this bicep flexing beast...


Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate: flagship ute enhanced
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Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate: flagship ute enhanced

The Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate ute has been upgraded with added technology and new trim features. Revealed in Hanover, Germany, the enhanced Amarok Ultimate gains bi-xenon headlights, U-shaped LED daytime running lights and a restyled grille with twin horizontal chrome bars...


2015 Volkswagen Passat takes shape under cloak
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2015 Volkswagen Passat takes shape under cloak

The teaser campaign for the new Volkswagen Passat continues, with the German manufacturer today releasing a fresh image that reveals more secrets of its exterior design. The image, which shows the eighth-generation large car cloaked by a thin veil, provides a clear look at the Passat’s LED headlights and daytime running lights – the latter lining the lower borders of the headlamp clusters in a style reminiscent of models from sister brands Audi and Skoda...


Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message
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Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message

Volkswagen has taken a bold step in its attempts to stop drivers from using their mobile phones at the wheel, surprising cinemagoers at a packed Hong Kong theatre with an interactive shock campaign. The ad, which was shown as a trailer to a feature film at the MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, shows a point-of-view account of a person getting into their car and setting off on a drive...


Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out
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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out

Subaru's latest WRX STi is out to find a broader audience, while the new Golf R and S3 are faster and sportier than ever before - so, which has found the sweet spot?


Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report
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Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report

The Wolfsburg-based company is working on tripling the number of Volkswagen-branded SUVs in its range from two to six. Two anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg said the company was working on a "coupe" and a stretched version of the next-generation Tiguan...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition has been created by 12 VW apprentices for this year's Wörthersee festival. Starting with a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance as its base, the apprentices have honed the car's looks and provided it with a lot more oomph. Under the bonnet there's a tuned version of the Golf R's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo has been unveiled in digital form ahead of its launch into the world of video games and cyberspace in June. Teased in sketches at the beginning of this week, the video and images reveal the racing concept inside and out, pushing the limits of the Golf GTI design DNA...


Volkswagen Amarok Power concept to make noise at 2014 Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Amarok Power concept to make noise at 2014 Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Amarok Power concept will turn up the volume at this week’s Wörthersee festival. The single-cab Amarok Power ute concept is almost identical to the Power Pick-up concept that debuted at last year’s Wörthersee event, though trades the go-kart in the tray of the old version for a 5000-watt sound system and DJ equipment...


2015 Volkswagen Passat will be smaller, lighter, more efficient and packed with tech
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2015 Volkswagen Passat will be smaller, lighter, more efficient and packed with tech

The lighter, more fuel efficient and technology-packed all-new Volkswagen Passat will be unveiled in around five weeks’ time. Sedan and wagon body styles of the eighth-generation Passat will be revealed online in early July before debuting publicly at October’s Paris motor show and going on sale in right-hand-drive markets in early 2015...