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Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid to sharpen Australian prices

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid models will touch down in Australia soon, the German car maker has revealed. Both models will join their respective lines as new price leaders, opening the GTI and R badges up to buyers shopping on a tighter budget...

Volkswagen Golf GTE in Australia for evaluation and training

Volkswagen has brought an electrified Golf GTE to Australia for evaluation and technical training, the company has confirmed with CarAdvice. These photos, although showing no local registration plates, were snapped in Queensland this week by CarAdvice reader Patrick Ingvorsen, showing the plug-in hybrid EV hatch parked up between trips away from the company's New South Wales headquarters...

2019 Volkswagen Golf 8 to debut mild-hybrid tech - report

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, set to make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, will pioneer the implementation of the German company's upcoming 48V mild hybrid system - according to a new report out of Europe. The UK's Auto Express spoke with Volkswagen's boss, Herbert Diess, who said that while the company is focusing heavily on electric power, the Golf will remain the core focus for the brand...

The Shortlist: Family with a toddler, AWD car up to $40K

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 30, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

Volkswagen Golf '7.5' launching with sharpened prices

Car companies have traditionally reserved aggressive subsidisation of on-road taxes and charges until a vehicle was further into its life cycle and had lost some of its lustre. But reflecting the extreme competitiveness of the Australian market - one of the world's most fragmented - many brands are offering key models with sharp drive-away deals at launch...

Volkswagen SUVs won't receive GTI treatment

Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen brand, says the GTI badge will only be used on hot hatches, namely the Up, Polo and Golf, thereby quashing rumours of GTI crossover. In a recent interview Diess told Autocar, "I think with the three [GTI models] we have now, we are set". Above: The recently revealed Up GTI Concept...

2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specs: Wagons and Wolfsburgs return to local line-up

Pricing and specifications for the wider 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' R range have been revealed this week ahead of its August arrival, marking the return of the limited-edition Wolfsburg models, while the more practical wagon version is back as a permanent member of the family from January 2018...

Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept has been revealed this week at the company's annual Wörthersee gathering, packing 200kW of power from its upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...

Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade has made its debut at the annual GTI meet at Worthersee, Austria, and celebrates the 10th year of apprentice-built vehicles at the event. Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI First Decade has a 300kW engine, presumably a variant of the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, driving the front wheels...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...