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Automotive Industry Insights podcast: 508 Fastback v Superb 162TSI

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and James Wong. We speak to Josh Dowling about the Ford Mustang EV SUV and the Tesla ute at the Los Angeles motor show. He also talks in more detail about his trip with a team replacing recalled Takata airbags in remote areas...

Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW

Volkswagen’s German head office could be hit with an even bigger fine than the proposed $75 million penalty – already the highest of its type in Australia – for “misleading or deceptive conduct” on diesel vehicles that cheated emissions tests. However, the outcome of the hearing and the total amount of the fine may not be known for months after Justice Foster reserved his decision in the Federal Court in Sydney today...

Volkswagen Group to build next-gen Passat, Superb in Turkey

The Volkswagen Group is finalising a new production facility in Turkey which will reportedly become the site of Passat and Skoda Superb production next decade. According to documents obtained by industry journal, Automotive News Europe, the new factory will have an annual production output of 300,000 units when it goes online in 2022, and be located in Manisa, some 40km north-east of Izmir on the Turkish west coast...

2020 Skoda Superb facelift: Australian launch delayed

Skoda Australia has confirmed the updated 2020 Superb range has been delayed due to production shuffling caused by WLTP emissions regulations in Europe. Initially earmarked for a third quarter launch this year, the facelifted Superb now doesn't have an official arrival date at this point in time, but a safe guess is that the full line-up will rollout into 2020...

Skoda iV: Superb and Citigo lead electrification charge, but aren't coming to Australia

Skoda has revealed the first electric vehicles in its 124-year history, the Superb iV and Citigo iV, as it begins to move into electrification by adding plug-in hybrid and fully-electric drivetrains to its existing vehicles. In addition to EVs, Skoda has committed to forging ahead with infrastructure to support this shift to e-mobility...

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...

2020 Skoda Superb facelift unveiled, here in Q3

The facelifted Skoda Superb has been unveiled overnight in Bratislava, Slovakia. All models in the revised Superb range feature restyled bumpers, narrower LED headlights, full LED tail-lights, Skoda lettering at the back, and a deeper grille. Skoda has also changed the design of the Superb's 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, added two colours (Crystal Black and Race Blue) to the palette, and introduced double slat bars for some models...

2020 Skoda Superb leaked

The revised 2020 Skoda Superb has leaked online, with a new set of images giving us a first look at the updated liftback version of the company's flagship passenger car. Published by China's Xcar, and republished by Carscoops, the set of four images show the liftback/sedan version from several angles, showing the subtle design revisions in store for the mid-life refresh...

2020 Skoda Superb Scout teased

The Skoda Superb Scout has been confirmed as part of the car's refreshed range, which will debut on May 23, European time, in Bratislava as part of the World Ice Hockey Championships. In a video posted to its Twitter feed, the Czech automaker teased further elements from the updated car's interior and exterior, including the range-topping Laurin & Klement trim line...

2020 Skoda Superb teased again, here in Q3 - UPDATE

Skoda has previewed the upcoming 2020 Superb facelift once again, giving an early glimpse at the full LED lighting suite that will be available. UPDATE, 14/5/19: Skoda Australia has released initial details for the updated Skoda range, see bottom of article for details. Headlining the new light technology will be full-LED matrix headlights, a first for the Skoda brand...

Skoda Superb facelift teased

Skoda has offered a first glimpse at its upcoming Superb facelift, ahead of its full reveal at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship later this month. Based on the image provided, changes to the Superb will be subtle up front. Along with tweaked headlight clusters, the front end will get a new lower bumper section, but that appears to be the extent of the upgrades...