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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...

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...

Skoda Vision RS Concept interior teased

Skoda has revealed another look at its upcoming Vision RS Concept, ahead of the car's reveal at the Paris motor show in October. The concept previews a new compact Skoda, likely the Rapid given the extended glass tailgate, and offers a glimpse at the styling cues that'll adorn the next generation of RS-badged models. We've already seen the outside – well, sort of...

2019 Skoda Fabia detailed, here in Q4

Skoda has revealed new details and images of the updated 2019 Fabia, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. While it hasn't gone under a full generational refresh like the MQB-based Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, the updated MY19 Fabia hatchback and 'Combi' wagon line-up offer a range of cosmetic updates, new driver assistance technologies along with upgraded interior trims...

Volkswagen and Skoda initiate Takata recall

Volkswagen Group Australia has initiated its recall for over 100,000 vehicles across various model lines fitted with faulty Takata airbags, as part of the Australian Government's mandatory safety recall that requires all defective inflators to be replaced by 31 December 2020...

2018 Skoda Fabia revealed for Geneva show

Skoda has tonight unveiled the refreshed 2018 Fabia, ahead of its full debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Although it isn't an all-new model, the fresh Fabia boasts a host of improvements over the current car, with more technology and sharper looks on offer. The refreshed supermini will be offered exclusively with three-cylinder MPI and TSI 1...

2019 Skoda Fabia teased ahead of Geneva

The 2019 Skoda Fabia has been teased this week, ahead of a reveal at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March. While details of the updated light hatch are few and far between, Skoda is touting the 2019 Fabia as a "major design overhaul" including the availability of LED headlights and tail-lights for the first time...

CarAdvice podcast 75: Solar cars drive down the centre for World Solar Challenge

Mandy Turner and Paul Maric are on the panel this week, as they bring you the latest car news. It includes Polestar 1 being unveiled, GM CEO sharing her concerns over China’s planned petrol and diesel car ban. Also, Lexus NX and CT200h pricing and specs have been released, the Volkswagen Scirocco was put into retirement this week, and the Volkswagen Amarok V6 sets a record at WTAC...

2018 Skoda Fabia pricing and specs

Local pricing for the upgraded 2018 Skoda Fabia range has been announced this week, with the revised hatch and wagon range starting at $16,890 and $18,040 before on-road costs. The price of entry for both the hatch and wagon is up by $400, with the headlining change being the previous 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine swapped out for a new 1...

The Shortlist: Up to $20,000, sporty, room for a surfboard and P-plate friendly

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...

2017 Skoda Fabia: 1.0 three-pot and upgrades coming to Australia in July

The Skoda Fabia will get a heart transplant later this year, with the Czech company announcing its light car will get a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo within the next six months. Replacing the current 1.2 TSI four-cylinder turbo, the new three-pot matches its predecessor in power while also offering more torque and improved fuel efficiency...