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CarAdvice podcast 79: Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-female workshop

We have a special guest on the panel with Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens, this week: Melissa Ong is a CarAdvice reader, and she took our company-owned Abarth 595 for a week-long test drive. On the show, we chat about her experience with the little Italian firecracker...

Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...

Volkswagen Australia doesn't plan on extending its warranty

Volkswagen Australia has no present plan to extend its standard factory warranty beyond three years — yet — largely because it doesn’t see itself losing sales to other middle market brands with longer terms of coverage...

Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing...

Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research

Volkswagen and Google have agreed to work together on "practically oriented research" related to quantum computing. The German automaker will use Google's quantum computing technology in three fields of research: traffic optimisation, machine learning, and material simulation, specifically for high-performance electric car batteries...

CarAdvice podcast 78: VW Australia boss talks car servicing

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Paul Maric and Mike Costello. In car news, the 2018 BMW M3 CS has been revealed, calls have gone out for a traffic congestion charge for Melbourne and Sydney, and the Alpine A110 has been confirmed for Australia. Meanwhile, the 2018 Peugeot 5008 pricing and specs have been released, Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks new record hitting 457km/h, and Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition has been detailed...

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...

Volkswagen Australia expecting huge Tiguan sales increase in 2018

Production shortfalls in Germany have hampered sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan in Australia during its first 12 months on the market, but the company says a clearer pipeline and the imminent arrival of a seven-seat long-wheelbase option will give it room to dramatically scale-up deliveries during 2018...

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020...

CarAdvice podcast 77: CEO Andrew Beecher discusses new CarAdvice review ratings

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Alborz Fallah. James Wong covers car news, which includes the 2018 Jeep Wrangler being revealed, Kia rolling out a pair of Stingers for SEMA, pricing and specs for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid, Ford Performance developing an electronic ‘Drift Stick’ for the Focus RS, and five-star ANCAP ratings for the LDV T60 and Haval H2...

2018 Volkswagen Arteon pricing and specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon is now on sale in Australia, with the single-spec range kicking off at $65,490 before on-road costs. Serving as the German brand's new passenger car flagship, the Arteon sits above the related Passat - with which it shares its MQB architecture - and is only available in one trim grade with one powertrain option locally...