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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...

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

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...

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

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

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'

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...

CarAdvice podcast 103: Taking a Porsche Boxster to the drive-in

Andrew Beecher, CarAdvice CEO, and Paul Maric join Mandy Turner on the panel this week, while Scott Collie and James Wong pop in to discuss car news. The 2019 Ford Ranger has been revealed with stacks of updated technology and a 10-speed auto, and Ford Australia has revealed a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty...