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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 Volkswagen Polo Beats pricing and specs

Local details for the Volkswagen Polo Beats have been announced this week ahead of its August launch, with the new variant priced from $22,490 before on-road costs. The fifth member of the sixth-generation Polo family in Australia becomes the new flagship of the core range, sitting one rung below the GTI hot hatch...

Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has been revealed this week, ahead of its debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event. Packing two electric motors, the I.D. R Pikes Peak claims outputs of 680hp (507kW) and 649Nm, along with a 0-60mph (0-96km/h) time of just 2.25 seconds. At Pikes Peak, the I.D...

Porsche powertrain development chief arrested over Dieselgate - reports

Joerg Kerner, head of powertrain development at Porsche, has reportedly been arrested by German prosecutors investigating the Dieselgate emissions cheating affair. A source has informed Reuters Kerner was taken into custody on Thursday, European time, and is being held as a flight risk. The offices of Audi and Porsche were raided by German authorities earlier this week...

CarAdvice podcast 99: An insight into car wrapping

This week Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie are in the studio. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Kia Picanto GT-Line and the Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. The Volkswagen Amarok is capable of 200kW thanks to a new V6, the BMW M2 Competition has been revealed, and the ACT Government will lease only zero-emission cars by 2021...

Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed outputs for the uprated Amarok V6 due in the third quarter of 2018, with the revised engine claiming a power output of 200kW, on overboost. Speaking with CarAdvice, local communications boss Paul Pottinger confirmed the details, while also taking a thinly veiled swipe at the upcoming V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class...

EV onslaught: 10 electric cars coming by 2021 - UPDATE

UPDATE (17/4): We've updated this article with new details of some of the models listed. Electric cars are coming, there's no stopping it. Here's a quick look at 10 noteworthy electric vehicles (EVs) heading for market in the next three years. Hyundai Ioniq Electric The Ioniq is Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Prius, available in three flavours – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric...

Volkswagen Group management shuffled under new CEO

Volkswagen Group has announced a significant executive restructure, as it chases "more efficient" management under new CEO, Dr. Herbert Diess. As reported earlier this week, Matthias Muller has 'stepped down' from his position as CEO, less than three years after taking on the role amid the Dieselgate storm...

Volkswagen: Tiguan Allspace hunting Santa Fe, Sorento

Volkswagen has its sights set on the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento with its Tiguan Allspace seven-seater, set to touch down in July. It might look like a regular Tiguan on the outside, but the Allspace is 215mm longer than the five-seater, supported by a 109mm increase in wheelbase...

Volkswagen Lavida Plus revealed for China

Nope, you're not looking at a Passat, nor an Arteon. This is the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus, a bigger version of the Lavida already offered in China. As you might have gathered, it's not bound for Australia anytime soon. Where the current Lavida is built on the PQ34 platform debuted on the Mk4 Golf and Mk1 Audi A3, the new Plus rides on the latest MQB architecture which underpins everything from the new Volkswagen Golf and Polo to the Tiguan and Passat...

Volkswagen Group CEO to be replaced soon - reports

Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, could be replaced by as soon as this Friday, if a report out of Germany proves to be correct. According to Handelsblatt, current Mueller will be removed from his role as CEO, even though his contract runs until 2020...