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Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak
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Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak

Volkswagen has revealed renders of the all-electric racer it will use to tackle Pikes Peak this year, dubbed the I.D. R. The four-wheel-drive racer was teased as a successor to the twin-engine Golf, run as a one-off in the 1987 Pikes Peak hillclimb. Although it was undeniably cool, the 486kW racer failed to reach the finish line...


Volkswagen recalls 2011/12 Golf, Passat and CC
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Volkswagen recalls 2011/12 Golf, Passat and CC

Volkswagen has recalled the 2011/12 Passat, Golf and CC over concerns about an overheating starter motor relay. According to the company, a bent or broken spring could obstruct the clearance of the spindle in the starter motor relay. This could cause a blockage, creating a constant current supply to the starter motor relay and, in turn, causing it to overheat...


2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specs
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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specs

Volkswagen has announced pricing and specs for the 2018 Polo GTI, with the dual-clutch hot-hatch to start from $30,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in August. Power in the hot Polo comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, putting 147kW and 320Nm to the front wheels through a tricky electronic front differential...


The week's top news stories: March 18
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The week's top news stories: March 18

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 previews EV onslaught post-2020
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Volkswagen previews EV onslaught post-2020

Volkswagen's boss has given further details regarding its electrified vehicle rollout over the coming decade. In an announcement today, Matthias Muller said Volkswagen will launch "practically one new electric model per month" from the year 2022...


2018 Volkswagen Polo review
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2018 Volkswagen Polo review

The new Volkswagen Polo isn’t the most exciting city car to behold, or steer through corners. But if it's substance and depth you desire, then nothing in the class can match it. A city car for grown-ups.


Dieselgate: Australian test reveals increased fuel use, VW rejects claims - UPDATE
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Dieselgate: Australian test reveals increased fuel use, VW rejects claims - UPDATE

March 12, 2018: Testing carried out on a single Volkswagen vehicle has revealed an increase in fuel use since it was given a software update in 2017 for the so-called 'Dieselgate' emissions scandal...


2019 Volkswagen Touareg teased again - VIDEO
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg teased again - VIDEO

The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been teased again this week, in a new set of images and a video showcasing the nameplate's 15-year history. Set to be revealed on March 23 in Beijing, China, the new Touareg will be the first major overhaul of the German SUV in nearly a decade...


2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia

In news for traditional hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, due in August — though it will become available overseas, should the company’s local arm change its mind...


Volkswagen Golf GTE ruled out for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf GTE ruled out for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has abandoned plans to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid due to global demand, the company has confirmed this week. Speaking with CarAdvice, local Volkswagen communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the electrified hatch is in such short supply, it's been pulled from sale in overseas markets...


Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept revealed
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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept revealed

The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept has been unveiled this week, previewing the company's vision for a fully-autonomous electric sedan. Based on Volkswagen's MEB electric vehicle (EV) platform, the I.D. Vizzion features artificial intelligence (AI), an electric powertrain with a range of up to 413 miles (665km) per charge, and Level 5 autonomous systems, removing the need for traditional driver controls...


Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace GTE spied
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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace GTE spied

An undisguised plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan has been spied on the snowy roads of Sweden this week, previewing an upcoming variant of the popular SUV. Despite being spotted in Europe, the Tiguan prototype pictured is actually in long-wheelbase Tiguan L guise – meaning it's a China-market version – wearing '430 PHEV' badges...


Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall
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Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...


Volkswagen ID Vizzion interior teased
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Volkswagen ID Vizzion interior teased

Volkswagen has teased the autonomous, luxurious ID Vizzion concept again, ahead of its debut in Geneva next week. Posted on social media overnight, the video teases a new type of user interface which, based on what we can see, appears to be gesture control...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings

Independent crash-testing ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Polo all receiving five-star safety ratings. Headlining ANCAP's release is the X-Class's standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking – a first for the ute segment in Australia...


Volkswagen T-Roc convertible coming in 2020
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Volkswagen T-Roc convertible coming in 2020

A drop-top take on the Volkswagen T-Roc is set for production, but we'll have to wait until 2020 for a full unveil. There have been a few notable high-riding convertibles in recent years, including Range Rover Evoque and, in the USA, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Neither has been a runaway success, but that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from having a crack...


Cupra: Seat sub-brand launches hot Ateca, Leon TCR
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Cupra: Seat sub-brand launches hot Ateca, Leon TCR

Seat has officially launched the Cupra sub-brand, announcing its arrival with hotted-up take on the Ateca. As you'd expect of a fast, semi-compact Volkswagen Group product, power comes from a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Cupra says special tuning has made it sound better than in some other iterations, while a new Otto Particulate Filter System helps it meet ever-tightening European emissions standards...


2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced
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2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has today confirmed drive-away pricing for the 2018 Polo, set to start at $17,990 The base 70TSI Trendline is priced from $17,990 drive-away with a manual, identical to the previous list price. It's the same story for the dual-clutch model, priced from $20,490 drive-away. Power comes from a 1...


2019 Volkswagen Touareg previewed
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg previewed

  The third-generation 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will make its debut in Beijing on March 23, the company has confirmed. A single side-on sketch of the flagship SUV was posted online, previewing sleeker looks inspired by the Arteon and T-Prime GTE concept, the latter revealed in Beijing two years ago...


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...