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Dieselgate: Current, former Volkswagen CEO knew of cheating before public admission - report

Recently-unsealed court filings are giving us a better insight into who at Volkswagen knew about what (and when they knew it) in the long-running Dieselgate emissions cheating saga. Recently unsealed documents, reported by Der Spiegel and filed by the Braunschweig prosecutor's office, say Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen Group CEO at the time, and Herbert Diess, current VW Group CEO and then-head of the Volkswagen brand, were present at a meeting about the cheating on July 27, 2015...

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...

2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline revealed

Skoda has revealed the sportier new Karoq Sportline ahead of a public debut at the Paris motor show in October. Unveiled shortly after the more rugged Scout variant, the Sportline is very much a shrunken version of the Kodiaq Sportline, wearing more aggressive bumpers and side skirts, new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel options, along with contrasting black elements...

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout revealed, not for Oz

Skoda has unveiled the Karoq Scout, a more rugged version of its mid-sized SUV that should appeal more to those who regularly venture off the beaten track. While not an all-out off-roader, the Karoq Scout boasts numerous enhancements to give it a more capable look and feel, and comes as standard with all-wheel drive...

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...

Skoda will apply RS badge to electric SUV - report

Skoda will slap its RS performance badge on its upcoming electric crossover, according to a new report from the UK. According to Autocar, the hotted-up electric SUV – likely to be badged 'eRS' – will touch down in 2022, just over 12 months after the regular production models are revealed. Don't expect the car to be 100 per cent performance-focused, though...

Skoda tops Australian customer satisfaction survey

Skoda has taken out the latest Roy Morgan customer satisfaction survey, with a 97.5 per cent satisfaction rating among its custmers. That's above the industry average of 92.6 per cent in Roy Morgan's metrics, based on responses from 50,000 customers surveyed between April 2017 and April 2018. General satisfaction is up across the industry, even if it's only by 0...

CarAdvice podcast 107: Ford Australia's Daniella Winter talks Mustang

Kez Casey and Scott Collie join Mandy Turner this week. In car news, the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has been confirmed, 2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs have been released, and the Kia Cerato will get the GT treatment. Also, International Engine of the Year goes to Ferrari, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 is getting a more powerful engine, and Elon Musk is promising 'full self-driving features' for Tesla in August...

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

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

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...