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CarAdvice podcast 162: Take a ride in the 2019 Lexus LC500h

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Mike Stevens and James Wong. In car news, the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS will be coming to Australia, the Ford and Volkswagen alliance is expanding to electric and autonomous tech, the Lotus Evija has been unveiled, and the 2019 Ford Everest is getting AEB across the range. Sam Purcell reviews the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg and takes it off-roading...

2020 Skoda Karoq & Kodiaq detailed for Europe

Skoda has revealed and detailed the lightly revised 2020 model-year Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, as production commences for the upgraded models. The main distinguishing design feature externally is the 'Skoda' lettering across the tailgate, a cue that already features on the facelifted Superb, the Scala and Kamiq. Skoda says this will be applied to all its models moving forward...

2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS confirmed for Australia

The Skoda Kodiaq RS – the fastest seven-seat SUV to lap Germany’s Nürburgring – will be in Australian showrooms by the end of the year. Pricing is yet to be announced, but the Kodiaq RS – powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel (176kW/500Nm) and with a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 7.0 seconds – is expected to cost in excess of $60,000...

2020 Skoda Octavia spied inside and out

Alex Misoyannis • Skoda’s fourth-generation Octavia wagon has been spied testing in Europe, ahead of a likely unveil at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The development vehicle spotted in the mountains was dressed in a plethora of fake panels, concealing the final design without drawing excess attention like a conventional prototype might...

Skoda Kamiq commences production

The all-new Skoda Kamiq has started rolling down the production line at the company’s main factory in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, ahead of its Australian introduction early next year. Due to hit European markets in the coming months, the Kamiq serves as the third member of Skoda’s global SUV family, slotting under the larger Karoq and Kodiaq crossovers...

2018 Skoda Kodiaq recalled

Skoda Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year Kodiaq SUV over concerns the individual rear passenger seat could be missing “several fixing nuts”. The company says “if the nuts are missing, the seat will not be secured and may not provide adequate protection in the event of an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant”...

Skoda recalls MY18 models over airbag fix

Skoda Australia has issued a recall for 27 vehicles across the 2018 model-year Fabia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Octavia, Rapid and Superb lines due to an airbag fault that may see the driver’s unit not inflate properly in the event of a collision. “In some instances, the front driver air bag may not inflate to its fullest capacity fast enough when required,” the company says in the recall notice...

Euro NCAP: Model 3, Scala, B-Class get 5-star ratings

Euro NCAP has released its latest round of crash results including a range of new models, including the Tesla Model 3, Skoda Scala, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Kia Ceed, and DS 3 Crossback. The Model 3 impressed with a perfect score in the frontal offset test, and its Safety Assist performance – where it scored 94 per cent, the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol...

Volkswagen launches electric car sharing service

The new Volkswagen WeShare car sharing service is now available in Berlin with a fleet of 1500 e-Golf hatchbacks. At the beginning of 2020 the company will add 500 e-Up models, with the new ID.3 set to join the fleet from the middle of 2020. Vehicles will be "free floating", and do not need to be returned to rental stations, designated car spots or their original locations...

Skoda Karoq Velo concept revealed

Skoda UK has created the Karoq Velo concept, a purpose-built version of its crossover designed to cater for avid cyclists. Drawing upon the company's mantra of 'Simply Clever', along with the responses to a survey of 1500 British cyclists, the Karoq Velo concept features a host of cycling-focused equipment like a washing machine and drone station...

2020 Skoda Octavia spied again

The next-generation Skoda Octavia has been spied again, this time around the Nurburgring race track in Germany. Following the set of images last week in the European Alps, this prototype wears similar fake panels that disguise the final design, though we can see the new model will grow compared to the vehicle currently on sale, and feature a design inspired by the larger Superb...