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CarAdvice podcast 40: 2017 VW Golf GTI review

Right from the CarAdvice Melbourne office couch, Mandy and Mike Costello bring you the latest car news, including the Hyundai i30 N official details revealed, BMW demands Australian government for EV support, 2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster unveiled, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross name confirmed for new ASX companion and GM could sell Opel to PSA...

Volkswagen Australia still cold on Golf GTD

The Volkswagen Golf GTD diesel-powered hot hatch partner to the GTI petrol remains no chance of returning to Australia after a five-year absence, nor does the slinky Skoda Octavia-rivalling wagon derivative bearing the same badge. We put the question to VW this week on the global launch of the updated 2017 Golf 'Mk7...

Volkswagen Australia rejects lower CO2 engine

Volkswagen Australia will not offer the company's new low-emission 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine when the updated 2017 Golf arrives on July 3, having opted instead to retain the familiar 1.4-litre 110 TSI in its place The German brand's local arm cites the higher cost of the newly developed engine, which it says would require it to pass on an unsatisfactory price hike to its buyers here...

Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door may return

The Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door derivative is on the cusp of an Australian comeback, to fill the void created by the discontinuation of the Scirocco. Volkswagen Australia told us it was actively exploring the idea of bringing back the three-door hot hatch derivative after a five-year absence, potentially as a special edition...

Volkswagen Golf update, Australian details

The updated Volkswagen Golf ‘7.5’ will launch in Australia on July 3, about five months after its European market premiere, and like the new Tiguan before it, will be pushed slightly upmarket. We don't know all the specifics, but German brand’s Australian division says it will axe the current base 92TSI engine option, and instead kick off the range with the 110TSI turbo-petrol powertrain, alongside the familiar 110TDI diesel and high-performance GTI and R derivatives...

2016-17 Volkswagen Golf wagon, Passat recalled

Volkswagen has issued a recall for its 2016 and 2017 model-year Golf wagon and Passat models over concerns the vehicles may not indicate when its lights are malfunctioning. According to the German manufacturer, a software error may cause an inoperative dipped beam, main beam, daytime running light, rear fog light or indicator bulbs to not be indicated to the driver...

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Kinglake, Chum Creek and Donna Buang

Welcome to the first of a little series intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. Driving isn’t always about going fast; let me make that clear from the outset...

Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...

2017 Volkswagen Golf R revealed with new looks, more power

The updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range has been joined this week by the anticipated 2017 Golf R flagship models, not revealed with the wider range in November. As expected, the R hatches (which still includes a three-door option in Europe) and wagon pick up the same styling tweaks gifted to the rest of the line-up, including new bumpers and updated LED lighting at both ends...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016

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 News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016

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. This week, regular host Tegan Lawson is on assignment overseas. In her place, Trent Nikolic presents this week's video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...