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2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT revealed for China - UPDATE

The Skoda Kodiaq GT has been revealed exclusively for China, ahead of its public debut at the Guangzhou motor show on November 16. Both the Kodiaq and the new Kodiaq GT ride on the same 2791mm wheelbase, and look to have the same bonnet and front quarter panels...

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Skoda Kodiaq GT teased for China
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Skoda Kodiaq GT teased for China

Skoda has released a set of design sketches for its new Kodiaq GT, a coupe-styled version of its flagship SUV that will be exclusive to the Chinese market. No firm launch date has been set yet, though we'd expect the Kodiaq GT to hit Chinese showrooms in the coming months – and we've seen near-production prototypes doing the rounds recently...


2019 Skoda Scala: Rapid replacement renamed
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2019 Skoda Scala: Rapid replacement renamed

The replacement for the Rapid will be known as the Skoda Scala, the Czech automaker has announced overnight. Scala means stairway or ladder in Latin, and Skoda claims the new car will help it "scale new heights". The new Scala five-door has been previewed via some teaser images released after the Paris motor show, and its styling is expected to closely follow the Vision RS concept seen at the show in the French capital...


Audi used fake VINs in South Korean emissions cheating scheme - report
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Audi used fake VINs in South Korean emissions cheating scheme - report

More details are starting emerge about Audi and its use of fake and duplicate VINs (vehicle identification numbers) in South Korea. In a surprise to no-one, it's Dieselgate-related. In August 2017 it was revealed Audi used duplicate VINs on thousands of cars exported to China, South Korea, and Japan – quite why it had done so wasn't clear, though...


Volkswagen tops brand loyalty study in Australia
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Volkswagen tops brand loyalty study in Australia

Volkswagen customers are the most loyal in Australia according to a new survey by Roy Morgan, putting the German brand ahead of other non-luxury marques like Toyota, Mazda and Subaru. According to the June quarter's edition of the Automotive Currency Report, 61.5 per cent of Volkswagen owners said they would be looking to buy their next car from the same brand, ahead of Toyota (59...


2019 Skoda Rapid Spaceback teased
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2019 Skoda Rapid Spaceback teased

Skoda has released a shadowy teaser for a "future compact model", believed to be the next-generation Rapid Spaceback. The picture shows the side profile of the upcoming hatchback, which is heavily influenced by the Vision RS concept that was shown at the Paris motor show this month...


2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test
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2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test

People-movers are pretty passé, which explains the continual success of seven-seat crossover SUVs like the group tested here. We’ve assembled what we consider to be six of the best, with the added bonus that all are either new models or at least recently upgraded...


Rupert Stadler leaves the Volkswagen Group
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Rupert Stadler leaves the Volkswagen Group

Rupert Stadler, the former Audi CEO who was arrested earlier this year for his alleged role in the Dieselgate emissions cheating affair, has been removed from the boards of both Audi and its parent the Volkswagen Group. In a statement released on the first day of the Paris motor show, the automaker announced Stadler had terminated his contract with "immediate effect" meaning he will "no longer work for the Volkswagen Group"...


Skoda Vision RS unveiled
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Skoda Vision RS unveiled

The Skoda Vision RS concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Paris motor show this week, giving a glimpse at upcoming design elements for new RS performance models along with a next-generation compact hatchback. Squint and imagine the car with a more comfortable wheel/tyre combination, a toned down bumper design, proper door handles, framed windows, and larger wing mirrors, and the Vision RS looks suspiciously like a production car...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS unveiled
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS unveiled

The Skoda Kodiaq RS crossover has been revealed a day before the start of the 2018 Paris motor show. Under the bonnet there's a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel making 176kW of power at 4000rpm, and 500Nm of torque between 1750 and 2500rpm. All that torque is channelled to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system...


Skoda Vision RS drivetrain detailed
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Skoda Vision RS drivetrain detailed

The plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the Skoda Vision RS concept has been detailed ahead of the car's in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Paris motor show next week. According to Autocar, the Vision RS is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain generating a total of 180kW of power. Under the bonnet the concept features a turbocharged 1...


Skoda Kodiaq RS interior revealed
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Skoda Kodiaq RS interior revealed

The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has finally been revealed – partially. Ahead of its full unveiling at the Paris motor show next month, the Czech brand has revealed the interior of its new performance model. Headlining the cabin are sexy sports seats with integrated headrests at the front, trimmed in Alcantara and accented with carbon-look leather on the bolsters...


2018 Skoda Octavia Sport Wagon 110TSI review
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2018 Skoda Octavia Sport Wagon 110TSI review

It’s no cut-price Octavia RS, but the Sport Wagon 110TSI effectively blends the mid-size Czech car’s renowned value-packed practicality with sporty looks.

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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS sketched
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS sketched

Skoda has released yet another set of teaser images for the new Kodiaq RS, ahead of its full reveal at the Paris motor show early next month. We've already seen glimpses of the exterior changes and been given some of the mechanical details, but this time the Czech brand has given us a full view of the exterior – albeit in drawings, not photographs of the vehicle...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS teased again
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS teased again

Skoda has issued another set of preview images for its upcoming Kodiaq RS performance SUV, this time giving us a closer glimpse at the car's unique design touches. Four different pictures have been released by the Czech brand, showing various elements distinguishing the Kodiaq RS from its lesser brethren – in particular, the Sportline variant...


Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline long-term review: Highway driving
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Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline long-term review: Highway driving

Given SUVs have essentially replaced the wagon as Australia's family car of choice, being able to tackle an old-fashioned road trip is a critical skill. To make sure the Skoda is up to scratch, I grabbed three friends and twisted their arms until they finally agreed to come skiing...


Skoda Kodiaq RS teased... again
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Skoda Kodiaq RS teased... again

Skoda has released a teaser video of its upcoming Kodiaq RS, set for a launch at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The video shows the car in its hero Race Blue colour, which will be available exclusively on the vRS model. This is the first time the car has been shown without camouflage, and as expected, features a more aggressive grill, along with full-LED headlights...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV almost ready
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV almost ready

The images you see here are spy shots of the Skoda Kodiaq GT 'coupe-SUV' ready to rock, ahead of an imminent premiere in China. It's an indication that the practicality-minded Czech brand is continuing to move down a more stylised path, with the sloped/tapering roofline lending a much racier silhouette...


2019 Skoda Rapid spied
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2019 Skoda Rapid spied

The next-generation Skoda Rapid has been spied at and around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With the prototype clad from head-to-toe in camouflage, it's hard to make out too many of the new Rapid's styling details, although we can tell the next-generation model will stick with the same practical five-door layout as today's vehicle...


Skoda announces new three, five-year service plans
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Skoda announces new three, five-year service plans

Skoda has announced new service plans across its range, available in three- or five-year packages designed to convince buyers Euro ownership needn't be a wallet-busting experience. The plans vary in price from model-to-model, but all include consumables like brake fluid and pollen filters, along with scheduled service costs...