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Volkswagen sold up to 17,000 pre-production prototypes to consumers

Volkswagen reportedly sold between 6700 and 17,000 pre-production vehicles to unsuspecting buyers in Europe and the US. The company illegally sold at least 6700 pre-production vehicles between 2006 and 2018, a Volkswagen spokesperson has confirmed to Handelsblatt...

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2019 Skoda Scala unveiled
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2019 Skoda Scala unveiled

After a drip feed of information longer than the Nile, the new Skoda Scala has been unveiled at an event in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Scala debuts a more emotive design language for the Czech brand. As noted previously, it ditches the Skoda logo on the tailgate for a large line of letters spelling out its name...


2019 Skoda Fabia pricing and specs
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2019 Skoda Fabia pricing and specs

Skoda has announced pricing and specs for the mildly-revised 2019 Fabia range, which brings with it new safety tech and the same pair of three-cylinder engines. Two powertrains are offered in the Fabia: a 70TSI with five-speed manual, making 70kW and 160Nm, or an 81TSI with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, making 81kW and 200Nm. Both are 1...


Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines
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Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines

At Volkswagen Group, the next generation of flexible component sets will be the last engineered for internal combustion engines. According to Automotive News, Michael Jost, head of strategy for the Volkswagen brand, told an industry conference in Germany “our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral"...


2019 Skoda Scala interior revealed
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2019 Skoda Scala interior revealed

The interior Skoda Scala has been revealed a week before the car's full debut on December 6, local time, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The high-end model shown here stands out thanks to the light coloured strip of, probably, fake wood running across its width, and the floating pod housing the car's infotainment system. Although the touchscreen measures 9...


Skoda to double sales within five years
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Skoda to double sales within five years

Skoda is pushing an ambitious plan to double its Australian sales within the next five years. The niche Czech brand is currently recording a 12 per cent increase year-on-year, with sales to the end of October in excess of 5000 cars compared to just under 4500 for the same period last year...


2019 Skoda Scala interior teased
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2019 Skoda Scala interior teased

Interior sketches of the upcoming Skoda Scala hatch have been revealed by the Czech automaker overnight. If the production version stays true to the teaser, the Scala will have a much classier cabin than the Rapid it will replace. Among the available features in the new Scala is a 10.25-inch fully digital instrumentation screen...


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

It might have a raised ride height, but the Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline is very much a city car. Besides a few road trips, that's where it has spent the majority of its time with CarAdvice, so we've got a fair bit to say about it. Buckle up. The Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline has a dual-clutch transmission, and dual-clutch transmissions tend to struggle in the cut-and-thrust of city traffic...


2019 Skoda Scala previewed
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2019 Skoda Scala previewed

Skoda has issued some camouflaged images of the upcoming Scala hatchback, scheduled for a European market launch in the first half of 2019. The first model in the Czech company's line-up to be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform – shared with the likes of the Volkswagen Polo – the Scala will roughly be the same size as a Volkswagen Golf, and sport a design inspired by the Vision RS concept shown at this year's Paris motor show...


2018 Skoda Fabia Combi Scoutline revealed
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2018 Skoda Fabia Combi Scoutline revealed

The Skoda Fabia Combi Scoutline has been revealed for Europe, giving the company's smallest wagon a more rugged look. Available on all engines and colours of the regular Fabia Combi (wagon), the Scoutline brings crossover-style cosmetic upgrades like contrasting bumpers, wheel arch cladding and side sills, along with faux skid plate inserts front and rear...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT revealed for China - UPDATE
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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. In addition to a redesigned rear section and unique doors, the GT also has a revised front fascia design with a U-shaped honeycomb section underneath the grille...


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...