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Audi decides to keep Ducati

Audi has ditched plans to sell Ducati, electing instead to keep the motorcycle division. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, confirmed to Reuters and other news outlets: "I can assure you that Ducati belongs to the Audi family. Ducati is the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy in the world of motorbikes...

2018 Volkswagen Jetta teased, Australian debut unlikely - UPDATE

The next-generation Volkswagen Jetta sedan has been previewed via a sketch ahead of its debut next year. The sketch was first published by Motor1 after being revealed at a recent press event by Matthias Erb, chief engineering officer of Volkswagen's North American arm. Above and below: Undisguised Jetta prototype at Volkswagen's factory in Pueblo, Mexico...

Dieselgate executive jailed for seven years

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, has been sentenced to seven years jail for his role in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scheme. Schmidt agreed to a plea deal in October this year, and was officially given the maximum penalty this week: a seven year jail term and a US$400,000 ($525,000) fine...

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car revealed

Volkswagen has followed the Golf GTI TCR launch with another – arguably more exciting – motorsport reveal, in the form of the rally-ready Polo GTI R5. The R5 continues the line of Polo-based rally cars from Volkswagen, a line which has seen some serious success in recent seasons...

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline arrives from $45,990

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline has landed in Australia, with the new entry-level performance model to kick off from $45,990 before on-road costs. Sitting below the 162TSI Highline and 162TSI R-Line in the Tiguan range, the 162TSI Sportline brings Golf GTI performance at a lower price, while still offering a strong equipment list...

Volkswagen MOIA electric ride-sharing concept unveiled

The Volkswagen MOIA concept has been unveiled, a year after the MOIA ride-sharing division was established by the Volkswagen Group. The MOIA concept has a driving range of over 300km, and can be topped up to 80 per cent within 30 minutes, provided you have the requisite fast-charging hardware. The van has electric sliding side doors and seating for up to six passengers...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf 7.5 arrived earlier this year, but part of the (expansive) hatchback lineup missed out on a refresh. After a championship-winning season, the Golf GTI TCR has finally been given its '7.5' makeover, bringing the entry-level racer into line with the road car range...

Volkswagen Touareg Monochrome arrives from $74,990

Volkswagen has announced a new special edition Touareg for Australia. Dubbed the Monochrome, the black-and-white edition brings a raft of styling add-ons and interior equipment compared to the existing Touareg 150TDI on which it's based. On the outside, you'll be able to tell the Monochrome apart from regular Touaregs thanks to its unique badges, black mirror caps, dark grille and roof rails, along with dark tinting on the tail-lights...

2018 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Arteon recalled

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall notice for a handful of Passats, one Golf and one Arteon, to correct an issue with the rear-wheel bearing housing. According to the company, the rear-wheel bearing housing on a total of 64 vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient case hardening...

Interview: Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch wants to revive the car servicing industry

Ever since Volkswagen Group Australia’s managing director, Michael Bartsch, returned from the US two years ago after a long stint in senior executive roles at Porsche and Infiniti, he’s prioritised talking about the state of our car servicing industry...

Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity

The Volkswagen Group, parent to brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, has announced its future investment plans this week, including a commitment of over $52.81 billion (EUR 34 billion) into new-age automotive technology development. Matthias Müller, CEO for the German automotive group, said: "We are reinventing the car...