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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...

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No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?
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No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?

Well, that's it. No manual transmission for the powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI range announced this week. Worse, this obituary follows news that the new Polo GTI will also be a DSG-only proposition. Is this the end, then, of the GTI's enthusiast appeal? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves: the company hasn't ruled out returning the manual with the next-generation 'Mk8' Golf GTI, but there's no denying the case will be harder to make if sales of the auto-only MY19 model remain strong...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19

Volkswagen Australia has announced the Golf GTI Performance will return in October, becoming standard fitment across the GTI range as part of a forthcoming 2019 model-year update. After hinting at plans to release a Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year, a global move to discontinue the 169kW engine tune in the current Golf GTI led the local arm to specify the 'Performance' package for all MY19 Golf GTIs in Australia – meaning the 'standard' car will get more than just a power bump...


Time Machine Tuesday: 15 May, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 15 May, 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of May 15 in years past...


The week's top news stories: May 13
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The week's top news stories: May 13

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Worthersee meeting in Austria. Said to be inspired by the Golf GTI TCR race car, the concept features a new front bumper with a sharper front splitter, a crisper set of side sills, TCR lettering along the sides, a revised exhaust tip design, and a more aggressively-styled diffuser and lower rear spoiler...


Volkswagen apprentice concepts debut at Worthersee - UPDATE
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Volkswagen apprentice concepts debut at Worthersee - UPDATE

Update (10/9): Volkswagen has released more images of the GTI Next Level and Golf Variant GMotion. Volkswagen has revealed a pair of concepts at the annual Lake Worthersee meet, created by the company's apprentices at its Wolfsburg and Zwickau bases...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Local arm keen on new hot hatch
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Local arm keen on new hot hatch

Volkswagen Australia has voiced its interest in a Golf GTI variant to sit atop the local line-up, in the lead-up to the reveal of the GTI TCR at Lake Worthersee on May 9. "We would be keen on such a variant," said Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, telling us "the [Golf] GTI and R line-ups are ever-evolving...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR teased ahead of Worthersee debut
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR teased ahead of Worthersee debut

Volkswagen is preparing a hotter, harder flagship for its Golf GTI line-up, borrowing parts from the road-car-based Touring Car Racing variant. That means the Golf GTI TCR will be a road-going version of the racing GTI, which itself is based on a road car. Right. Semantics aside, the GTI TCR shapes as a tantalising proposition...


CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!
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CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!

This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced. The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original review
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original review

It's the most affordable Golf GTI in over 10 years, but does the Original prove that less is indeed more?


Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video
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Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

How do you prove one car is faster than another? You drag race them – duh! The new Volkswagen Polo GTI isn't far off its Golf GTI stablemate these days in terms of power, but how does that translate in straight-line speed? In this video, Car Mania aims to answer that question...


Hyundai's i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater
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Hyundai's i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater

Dethroning a king is never easy. Historically, even knifing a king in the back is a dangerous business, let alone removing one as publicly as we have done this week. You’ll see, through our comprehensive comparisons, Hyundai's i30 N has ended the Volkswagen Golf GTI's reign as the quintessential hot hatch...


2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison
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2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison

Trent Nikolic: Traditionally, boxing’s heavyweight division is the one that gets the most attention. Something to do with the big boys and their savage, one-punch-knockout power. Middleweight, however, has always been the glamour division. With fast, nimble, deceptive all-rounders – it’s the division the purists love to watch...


CarAdvice podcast 92: Live from Waverley Nissan!
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CarAdvice podcast 92: Live from Waverley Nissan!

Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Mike Stevens are live from Waverley Nissan for our first local outside broadcast! In car news, a sweep of German models get a 5-star ANCAP rating, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has been confirmed for Geneva, Mazda 3 pricing and specs have been announced, and we cover the compulsory Takata recall...


Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 2018

People often say "don't forget where you came from". Although we're focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here's a look at what happened on February 27 over the past few years. Warning: may contain traces of Volkswagen Group...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original: Quick drive
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original: Quick drive

The 'purist' GTI is back. Three doors, limited options, and a good whack cheaper than the regular model. That's the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original. Volkswagen's Australian arm confirmed the new $37,490 offering in August last year, after having first offered the GTI Performance Edition 1 three-door at just over $10,000 more than the Original...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid editions have arrived in Australian showrooms, making the performance Golf more affordable than ever. Pricing kicks off at $37,490 plus on-road costs for the GTI Original, and $47,490 for the Golf R Grid...


Hyundai i30 N “more suitable” for racetracks and “more fun” than Golf GTI
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Hyundai i30 N “more suitable” for racetracks and “more fun” than Golf GTI

The boss of Hyundai's N division says that the upcoming i30 N is better suited to regular track days and is more fun to drive than its direct rival, the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Responding to questions from the Australian media at the Detroit motor show today, head of Hyundai N and former head of BMW’s M division, Albert Biermann, said the whole idea of going out with the brand’s first N model was to produce something more track focused and more fun to drive, rather than the softer approach offered by its German rival...


World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy
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World's greatest driving roads: Lake Garda, Italy

The heart-stopping curves, pulse-racing gradients and breathtaking elevation: the rewards that make Europe’s finest Alpine passes so compelling are, by their very nature, what also make the world’s best roads so inaccessible...