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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.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review
  • Brilliant electro-locking diff; subtle power increase; potent Golf R-derived brakes; sharp look on 19s
  • One biggie, for some – there’s no six-speed manual

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9 / 10

Price $48,490 ANCAP Rating
10

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review

James Whitbourn jumps down from Golf R to Golf GTI Performance, yet it actually proves to be a step up...

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Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Special Edition pricing revealed
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Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Special Edition pricing revealed

The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Special Edition has joined the German brand's ute range, priced from $56,990. The new model - which borrows its name and some styling cues from the Amarok Canyon concept revealed in 2012 - is available as a dual-cab four-wheel-drive only, and is based on the Highline model, which is priced from $50,990...


2014 Volkswagen Golf R Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 Volkswagen Golf R Review

James Whitbourn heads for the hills to see if the new Volkswagen Golf R really is a big step-up on the popular GTI...

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$51,990 to $54,490

Volkswagen Eos, Up! axed from streamlined range; Scirocco uncertain
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Volkswagen Eos, Up! axed from streamlined range; Scirocco uncertain

The Volkswagen Up! will join the Eos in exiting local showrooms when stocks of the current model run out, and they could be joined by the Scirocco. Speaking about the future of the range-entry Up!, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice, “That [sub-light] segment is very price sensitive...


Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specifications
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Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specifications

The fastest and most powerful Golf in history, the Volkswagen Golf R, has launched in Australia from $51,990. The optional six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch transmission again adds $2500 over the standard six-speed manual, making the auto version $54,490...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance launches from $48,490
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance launches from $48,490

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance has launched in Australia from $48,490 – $500 higher than planned when preliminary pricing was announced in September. The $500 price rise also applies to the regular Golf GTI, which now costs $41,990 in six-speed manual form and $44,490 with the optional six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission...


Volkswagen Kombi :: iconic van says goodbye to the world
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Volkswagen Kombi : iconic van says goodbye to the world

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXynxODC4eY The Volkswagen Kombi has said its final goodbye to the world in a neat little video from the German car maker. Titled "Kombi Last Wishes", the video, narrated by the iconic Volkswagen van herself in her final Last Edition guise, highlights the relationship between the Kombi and its many owners spread across the globe in a touching tribute that took six months to make...


Volkswagen Golf :: mystery high-performance hatch spotted at the Nurburgring
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Volkswagen Golf : mystery high-performance hatch spotted at the Nurburgring

A mysterious, more aggressive variant of the Volkswagen Golf has been spied on and around the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, hinting that a hotter version of the popular hatchback could be in the pipeline...


Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied
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Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a Volkswagen Golf R wagon prototype undergoing testing in Germany. Despite appearing entirely production-ready, Volkswagen is reportedly still making up its mind about the Golf R wagon, with the car’s test driver revealing the high-performance estate hasn’t been signed off for production at this stage...


Volkswagen Eos won
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Volkswagen Eos won't be replaced, report claims

The Volkswagen Eos will soon meet its maker, according to reports out of Europe. German newspaper Der Spiegel claims there will not be a replacement model for the Volkswagen Eos hard-top convertible which is likely to be phased out of production before the end of 2014. The company is instead expected to focus its intent upon the more affordable and more contemporary Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet...


Volkswagen budget car to get the green light :: report
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Volkswagen budget car to get the green light : report

Volkswagen’s management board will give the green light to an entry-level car designed to broaden the brand’s appeal in markets such as China, India and southeast Asia, according to a German business magazine. Manager Magazin reports the long-rumoured budget car project will finally get approval from senior Volkswagen executives in the coming weeks before passing with the company’s supervisory board by June...


Volkswagen Golf, Beetle R-Line packages coming soon
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Volkswagen Golf, Beetle R-Line packages coming soon

Volkswagen R-Line packages are now available to order for the Golf and Beetle small cars in Australia. The Golf R-Line package can be optioned on the $31,990 Golf 103TSI Highline and $34,490 Golf 110TDI Highline models at a cost of $2200...


Volkswagen targets 10 million sales in 2014
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Volkswagen targets 10 million sales in 2014

Volkswagen Group expects to sell more than 10 million cars this year, reaching its ambitious target four years earlier than originally planned. Sales across Volkswagen Group’s 12 automotive brands increased 4.9 per cent in 2013 to more than 9.7 million vehicles, and the German company has made a strong start in 2014, with sales up a further 4...


Volkswagen Golf GTD ruled out for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf GTD ruled out for Australia

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD will not be sold in Australia. Hot on the heels of reports there will soon be a diesel-powered Ford Focus ST, CarAdvice has learned that Volkswagen Australia is not planning to offer its Golf GTD diesel hot-hatch, which is essentially an oil-burning twin to the Golf GTI, anytime soon...


Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack : rugged AWD people mover concept revealed
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Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack : rugged AWD people mover concept revealed

The all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack concept has been unveiled at a function before tomorrow's Geneva motor show, hinting at a future production version. Powered by a 132kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack concept teams a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission with a rear axle-installed multi-plate Haldex coupling to offer all-paw traction...


Volkswagen T-Roc : baby SUV concept set for 2017 production
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Volkswagen T-Roc : baby SUV concept set for 2017 production

A production version of the Volkswagen T-Roc concept is expected to reach the market by 2017. At the concept’s unveiling on the eve of the Geneva motor show, Volkswagen head of research and development Heinz-Jakob Neusser told reporters that building the sub-compact T-Roc SUV would be “the logical conclusion”. “We’d like to build the T-Roc,” Neusser said...


Volkswagen T-Roc crossover concept teased
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Volkswagen T-Roc crossover concept teased

The Volkswagen T-Roc concept will preview the German brand’s vision for a Golf-sized crossover model when it debuts at next week’s Geneva motor show. Though strictly a concept, Volkswagen says it pictures a sub-compact SUV inspired by the T-Roc slotting into its future line-up between the pint-sized Taigun and the larger Tiguan SUVs...


Volkswagen Polo : BlueMotion, BlueGT, CrossPolo variants revealed
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Volkswagen Polo : BlueMotion, BlueGT, CrossPolo variants revealed

The expanded Volkswagen Polo range includes two new BlueMotion variants that claim to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol and diesel five-seaters in the world. Volkswagen claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km for the new petrol-powered Polo TSI BlueMotion and just 3...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon Review

Expanding the Mk 7 Golf range and adding practicality, the all-new Golf wagon isn\'t perfect...

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$25,540 to $36,340

Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review

Which base model is the best buy? We pit the Volkswagen Golf 90TSI up against the all-new Mazda 3 Neo to find out.


Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed

Tagged a sporty plug-in hybrid, the Volkswagen Golf GTE will join the existing GTI and GTD  variants in the Mk7 hatchback range at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Golf GTE – the ‘E’ stands for ‘Electric’ – combines some of the sports styling cues of the Golf GTI hot-hatch with the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Audi A3 e-tron that’s due to launch later this year...


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : rugged wagon variant on local radar
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : rugged wagon variant on local radar

A hard-wearing, high-riding Volkswagen Golf Alltrack variant will join the German manufacturer's popular small car line-up, and the local division is keen to introduce the wagon-based model to Australia. Confirming plans for the rugged Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice the forthcoming Golf Alltrack is one of the variants under consideration for our market...


Volkswagen CrossBlue : local division "very keen" on seven-seat SUV
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Volkswagen CrossBlue : local division "very keen" on seven-seat SUV

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it is "very keen" to offer local buyers the production version of the seven-seat Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV to fill a gap in its existing product range. Speaking at the local launch of the all-new Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice a seven-seat production car based on the 5...


Volkswagen Taigun : sub-compact SUV not under consideration for Oz
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Volkswagen Taigun : sub-compact SUV not under consideration for Oz

The Volkswagen Taigun will not enter Australia's booming sub-compact SUV market in the foreseeable future, with the local division declaring it is not under consideration for our market. Speaking at the local launch of the all-new Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice that while production was expected to begin soon, the sub-compact Taigun was "not something that we’re considering"...


Volkswagen Golf wagon Pricing and specifications
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Volkswagen Golf wagon Pricing and specifications

Starting at $25,540, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon has joined its hatch sibling in local showrooms. Matching the line-up of the all-new Mk7 Golf on which it is based, except without manual transmission availability, the Volkswagen Golf wagon teams three trim specification levels with three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – two 1...


Mazda 3 Neo v VW Golf 90TSI Video Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 Neo v VW Golf 90TSI Video Comparison Review

Matt Campbell drives the new Mazda 3 and VW Golf back to back to decide which is best.


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Review : 118TSI DSG
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Review : 118TSI DSG

Adding a DSG to the base Tiguan 118TSI lowers auto-entry by $5K and renews its bid for class leadership in the process...

Priced At
$30,990

Volkswagen Beetle : 417kW Global Rally Cross car revealed
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Volkswagen Beetle : 417kW Global Rally Cross car revealed

Volkswagen of America and Andretti Autosport have joined forces to create a modern-day Superbug – a high-performance Volkswagen Beetle prepared to take on the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. Powered by a 417kW-plus direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine and underpinned by an all-wheel-drive system, the GRC Beetle will hit the road and dirt for the first time at the X Games in Austin, Texas in June...


Volkswagen Taigun mini SUV : second iteration concept receives several tweaks
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Volkswagen Taigun mini SUV : second iteration concept receives several tweaks

The Volkswagen Taigun concept baby SUV has been shown in "near-production" guise bearing a number of changes over the original version at the 2014 Delhi auto show. The second iteration of the tiny Taigun concept comes 15 months after the original version debuted at the Sao Paolo motor show in 2012, and the changes are chiefly focused on the back end of the car...


Volkswagen Amarok: upgraded ute spied with LEDs, xenon headlights
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Volkswagen Amarok: upgraded ute spied with LEDs, xenon headlights

An upgraded Volkswagen Amarok with redesigned headlights has been spied undergoing winter testing in Europe. The Amarok dual-cab spotted features high-tech xenon headlamps surrounded by U-shaped LED daytime running lights along the lower edge of the ute’s headlight assembly. The new design is reminiscent of the headlights adorning the Volkswagen Amarok Power Pickup concept – a 200kW/600Nm 3...