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Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW

Volkswagen’s German head office could be hit with an even bigger fine than the proposed $75 million penalty – already the highest of its type in Australia – for “misleading or deceptive conduct” on diesel vehicles that cheated emissions tests. However, the outcome of the hearing and the total amount of the fine may not be known for months after Justice Foster reserved his decision in the Federal Court in Sydney today...

Audi A3 S line plus editions on sale from $43,300

Audi Australia has announced the A3 S line plus edition, which brings a host of upgraded specification for all versions of the four-ringed small car. The company claims the S line plus edition brings up to $11,000 in extra equipment depending on trim level, with the package available on 35 TFSI, 40 TFSI and 40 TFSI quattro variants of the A3 Sportback, Sedan and Cabriolet...

2020 Audi A3 sedan spied

Photographers have snapped the next-generation Audi A3 sedan during development testing, shortly after we received images of the sportier S3 variant. Like the new Audi Sport model photographed earlier this week, the new three-box A3 will don an evolutionary design, keeping the overall shape and size of the current model blended with Audi’s latest design cues plucked from other vehicles in the stable...

2020 Audi S3 sedan spied

The next-generation Audi S3 sedan has been snapped for the first time during hot weather testing in Europe, giving us an early look at the design. As will be the case with the A3 and S3 ‘Sportback’ hatch, the all-new A3/S3 sedan will receive an evolutionary styling update rather than a revolutionary one, with clear links to the current model though adopting the lower and wider stance of Audi’s latest range...

2020 Audi A3 ‘Cityhopper’ to slot between Q2 and Q3 - report

Audi could be prepping a crossover-styled version of the new-generation A3 Sportback called the 'Cityhopper’ – according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims the four-ringed marque is subjecting the all-new A3 to an Allroad-style treatment that should see the premium hatchback get a raised ride height, along with SUV-like bumpers and cladding, according to “a senior company source”...

2018-19 Audi A3 sedan recalled

Audi Australia has issued a recall for 2018 and 2019 model-year A3 sedans over concerns the rear centre head restraint may lack a locking pin. The company reports a processing error during production is behind the issue, which may see the rear centre seat detach from the guide pins in the event of an accident...

2018 Audi A3 recalled

Audi Australia has recalled 55 examples of the 2018 '8V' A3 over concerns the mounting for the rear head restraints may not be correctly welded to the rear seat backrest. The German company reports "the mounting for the head restraint is not correctly welded to the outer backrest frame for the rear seat", which means the head restraint may not support and protect a passenger as intended in an accident...

2019 Audi S3 interior spied

The Audi S3 has been spied undergoing winter testing in Sweden, with this latest prototype offering a first glimpse of its interior. While the exterior looks to be evolutionary, the interior appears a radical reimagining of Audi's interior design language. There are vents angled towards the driver on either side of the instrumentation pod, and an aggressively downward slant for the in-door arm rests...

Audi A3 liftback to challenge Mercedes-Benz CLA - report

A liftback version of the fourth-generation Audi A3 is reportedly under development, with the Ingolstadt brand keen to take sales away from its German rivals. Sources have told Autocar approval was granted to the A3 liftback project by former CEO Rupert Stadler, who was arrested June this year due to fears he was trying to suppress evidence as German prosecutors work through a criminal investigation into the Dieselgate affair...

2019 Audi S3 spied again

The all-new Audi S3 has been spied again during development testing, ahead of an anticipated production debut sometime next year. Like the vehicle snapped in August, there's plenty of camouflage concealing the finer design details, but we can see the overall shape of the new-generation hatchback and certain elements that will distinguish the S3 hot hatch from its more sedate brethren...

Audi expands Takata recall

Audi has expanded the cars included in its Takata airbag recall, adding the previous-generation A4 Cabriolet to the list which already includes the A3 (8P), A5 Sportback (8T),  A5 Cabriolet (8F) and Q5 (8R). As with all Takata recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade...