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CarAdvice podcast 108: What to know when buying a new car at EOFY

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Kez Casey and James Wong. In car news, the Australian details for the 2019 BMW X4 have been revealed, the Audi A1 has been unveiled, along with the Suzuki Jimny, and the Ford Mustang Bullitt will start at $73,688. In Volkswagen news, the Amarok Core V6 will be priced at under $50,000, while the 213kW GTI TCR has been confirmed for Australia...

Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...

Australia could become a 'dumping ground' for old engines: VW Australia boss

Volkswagen Australia managing director, Michael Bartsch, has called for Australia's fuel standards and emissions testing to be dragged into line with the latest European rules, lest we become a "dumping ground" for old engine technology...

2018 Volkswagen Polo gains R-Line option

The Volkswagen Polo range has been bolstered with the addition of a sporty R-Line Package, now available on Comfortline variants. Priced at $1500, the R-Line pack adds more aggressive bumpers front and rear with gloss-black accents, side skirt extensions in black grain, a diffuser-style rear treatment with chromed faux tailpipe finishers, a rear spoiler in high-gloss black, and 16-inch 'Sebring' alloys finished in Metallic Grey...

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace pricing and specs

Volkswagen has confirmed pricing and specifications for the incoming seven-seat Tiguan Allspace, set to kick off from $40,490 before on-road costs when it touches down next month. The range will kick off with the Comfortline, available with a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and six-speed DSG in 110TSI ($40,490 before ORCs) guise, a 132kW/320Nm 2...

Volkswagen Amarok Core V6 coming under $50k

  Volkswagen is preparing a more affordable Amarok Core V6 to slot in below the current Sportline, with a starting price below $50,000 and a manual option. Speaking with media at an event in Sydney today, the company confirmed the new model will be showing up in dealerships from October in eight-speed automatic guise...

2019 Volkswagen Golf updates detailed

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the updated MY19 Golf range this week, with a smaller model range and a new base trim set to arrive in dealerships this October. The 110TSI base model has been culled, along with the manual Golf R, with the Trendline grade serving as the new entry point to the revised range...

Volkswagen GTI TCR confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has been confirmed for the Australian market, scheduled to arrive in local showrooms in the first half of 2019. Previewed by the TCR concept at this year's Lake Worthersee meet, the most powerful production Golf GTI ever gets an uprated 2.0-litre turbo four with 213kW of power and 370Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic...

2018 Volkswagen Polo recalled – UPDATE

UPDATE (19/6/18): Volkswagen Australia has expanded this recall, and confirmed with CarAdvice that previous-generation models are affected, not the current Polo as previously reported. See article for details Volkswagen has recalled around 13,000 examples of the previous-generation 2018 model-year Polo, over concerns about the left-rear seatbelt releasing under certain conditions...

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...

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...