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2018 Skoda Karoq review

The 2018 Skoda Karoq enters the mid-sized SUV fray with sharp pricing and buckets of practicality.

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2018 Skoda Karoq review: Australian first drive
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2018 Skoda Karoq review: Australian first drive

Simply clever, they say. Is the new 2018 Skoda Karoq worth your shopping consideration? Jez Spinks jumps behind the wheel for a first drive, to see what it's got. MORE: Karoq news, reviews, comparisons and videos MORE: Everything Skoda...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS: Bi-turbo diesel confirmed, unlikely for Australia – UPDATE
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS: Bi-turbo diesel confirmed, unlikely for Australia – UPDATE

UPDATE (15/6/18): Skoda Australia has issued comments regarding the local availability of the Kodiaq RS. See bottom of article for details Further details about the Skoda Kodiaq RS have dripped out ahead of the car's debut later this year. The Kodiaq RS, in the hands of Sabine Schmitz, completed a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 9 minutes 29...


Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion, Audi boss investigated
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Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion, Audi boss investigated

Germany has fined the Volkswagen Group €1 billion ($1.5 billion) for cheating its way past emissions bench tests, as part of the long-running Dieselgate The fine was imposed by the Braunschweig (a city in Lower Saxony, Germany) public prosecutor, which is investigating the Volkswagen Group over the (seemingly never-ending) Dieselgate saga...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS confirmed, teased and spied
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS confirmed, teased and spied

The Skoda Kodiaq RS has been teased ahead of its debut at the 2018 Paris motor show, which kicks off at the beginning of October. In the video released overnight, the Czech brand teases a "record-breaking lap" of the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife with Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel...


The week's top news stories, June 10
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The week's top news stories, June 10

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


Skoda sales up 13 per cent in 2018
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Skoda sales up 13 per cent in 2018

Skoda Australia is seeing some decent growth so far this year, with sales increasing by 13.1 per cent year-to-date (YTD) as of May 30. May's VFACTs figures also revealed that the Czech brand was up 34.1 per cent on May 2017, helped by double-digit growth across its Octavia and Superb model lines...


Skoda Octavia: 245 DSG to become sole RS for MY19
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Skoda Octavia: 245 DSG to become sole RS for MY19

Remember last month when we wrote about the MY19 Volkswagen Golf GTI losing the manual option? The three-pedal casualties have continued elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group, with the Skoda Octavia RS also losing its stick-shift variants for 2019...


Time Machine Tuesday: 5 June 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 5 June 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of June 5 in years past...


Skoda Sunroq unveiled
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Skoda Sunroq unveiled

The Skoda Sunroq, a four-door open-top crossover based on the Karoq, has been unveiled by its student creators in Mladá Boleslav, Czechia. It took 23 students around eight months to design, convert and produce the Sunroq. The students received instruction, training and advice from Skoda's design and engineering teams...


Skoda launches bulletproof Superb Estate
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Skoda launches bulletproof Superb Estate

The people who need bulletproof cars (think dictators and heads of state, along with the occasional celebrity) generally like to stand out. They also tend to have money, and lots of it, which is why armoured vehicles are usually based on high-end limousines. That hasn't stopped Skoda from turning its sensible Czech approach to car manufacturing onto the task...


ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall
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ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...


Configurator Challenge: Skoda Octavia RS, featuring 'Roomster'
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Configurator Challenge: Skoda Octavia RS, featuring 'Roomster'

Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing our perfect Skoda Octavia RS...


Skoda: Active Info Display coming in Q4
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Skoda: Active Info Display coming in Q4

Skoda Australia will join family members Audi and Volkswagen in offering a fully-digital instrument cluster forselect models later this year, the local arm has confirmed. Originally, the Czech brand's version of Volkswagen's Active Info Display – which measures 12.3 inches – was meant to launch with the all-new Karoq crossover, which goes on sale Down Under on July 2...


2018 Skoda Karoq pricing and specs – UPDATE
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2018 Skoda Karoq pricing and specs – UPDATE

Update (15/5/18): Skoda Australia has confirmed the Launch Pack is limited to just 260 units, and that these vehicles won't be available with the 10-speaker sounds system offered in the Tech Pack. See bottom of article for details. Local pricing and specifications for the 2018 Skoda Karoq have been revealed this week, ahead its July on-sale date...


Volkswagen orders $64 billion worth of electric car batteries
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Volkswagen orders $64 billion worth of electric car batteries

The Volkswagen Group has doubled its anticipated order for lithium-ion batteries to €30 billion ($64 billion). These batteries will be used by Volkswagen and its various brands to aggressively push into the nascent electric vehicle segment in the wake of its Dieselgate emission cheating scandal...


Skoda Karoq: Apprentice team creating convertible concept
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Skoda Karoq: Apprentice team creating convertible concept

The Skoda Karoq is still fresh on the market in regions like Europe – it hasn't even landed in Australia yet – but that hasn't stopped a team of the Czech company's trainees from creating a convertible concept based on the new SUV...


Former Volkswagen CEO charged over Dieselgate scandal
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Former Volkswagen CEO charged over Dieselgate scandal

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group at the time the Dieselgate scandal erupted into public view, has been indicted on four charges in the United States. The US indictment against Winterkorn was actually filed in secret in March, and was only revealed this week by the Detroit district court as the Volkswagen Group held its annual general meeting in Germany...


2018 Skoda Karoq arrival advances to June
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2018 Skoda Karoq arrival advances to June

Skoda Australia has updated timing for the arrival of its hotly-anticipated Karoq, which is now set to touch down in June. Earlier this month, Skoda's local communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the mid-sized crossover would be here in September. As it turns out, Skoda was anticipating a delay in supply, but the company has since managed to push the Karoq's arrival forward to June...


2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed
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2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed

The new Skoda Kamiq crossover has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at the Beijing motor show later this week, with the new model to go on sale in China in just a "couple of months" time. Joining the larger Karoq and Kodiaq in the Czech brand's Chinese line-up, the Kamiq is the littlest member of its SUV family, measuring 4390mm long, 1781mm wide and 1593mm tall – roughly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai...