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CarAdvice podcast 162: Take a ride in the 2019 Lexus LC500h

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Mike Stevens and James Wong. In car news, the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS will be coming to Australia, the Ford and Volkswagen alliance is expanding to electric and autonomous tech, the Lotus Evija has been unveiled, and the 2019 Ford Everest is getting AEB across the range. Sam Purcell reviews the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg and takes it off-roading...

2017 Volkswagen Amarok recalled

Volkswagen has recalled the 2017 Amarok dual-cab ute, over concerns about the front seat wiring harness. According to the company, a production fault could mean the front seat wiring harness is damaged. If it's damaged, the issue could make the front seat move automatically or cause local heat damage. A total of 279 cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here...

Volkswagen reveals more efficient manual transmission

Volkswagen has revealed its next-generation mainstream manual transmission, designed to be more efficient and more SUV-friendly than before. The MQ281 transmission will serve initially serve in the new Passat, although Volkswagen's updated rival to the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry won't be offered with three pedals in Australia...

Ford and Volkswagen alliance expands to electric, autonomous tech

Ford's next generation of electric vehicles will be underpinned by Volkswagen's modular electric platform (MEB), after the two companies expanded their technology and platform sharing alliance. The Blue Oval will use Volkswagen's new MEB electric platform on at least one 'high-volume, fully-electric vehicle in Europe' to be released in 2023...

Why the Volkswagen Beetle reached the end of the line

COMMENT From Hitler to Herbie – and from hippies to hipsters – the Volkswagen Beetle transcended generations.  Almost everyone has a story about a Beetle, a car that made most people smile – and left others bruised during games of “Punch Buggy” if the other person spotted one before you did. In the end, though, even millennials couldn’t keep the Love Bug alive...

Volkswagen Passat: MIB3 infotainment detailed

The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat is due in Australia before 2019 is over, bringing with it an all-new infotainment system. Ahead of its arrival, the company’s global division has detailed the new infotainment system. Dubbed ‘MIB3’, Volkswagen’s third-generation modular infotainment interface comes as standard with both the 8...

Volkswagen Beetle ends production

Volkswagen has produced the very last Beetle at its Puebla facility in Mexico, marking the end of an eight-year production run for the third-generation model. The final vehicle – a ‘Denim Blue’ Beetle coupe – will be put on display at the company’s museum in Puebla “as a lasting tribute to the automobile’s rich and storied heritage”...

Volkswagen ID.3 dashboard revealed

Volkswagen's first mass-produced electric vehicle, the ID.3, will get a dual-screen infotainment system and a gear selector inspired by the BMW i3. In a video that's since been removed from YouTube, Volkswagen reveals the ID.3's minimalist dashboard layout, which is dominated by screens. The images you see here were captured by Inside EVs...

Volkswagen to share MEB platform with Ford - report

Along with Skoda, Audi, and Seat, Volkswagen could share its the next-generation modular electric platform with Ford. According to a report from Reuters, which quotes 'a source familiar with the matter', the two companies have "reached an outline agreement to share electric and autonomous car technologies"...

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI spied for the first time

With the Mk8 Golf launch approaching, Volkswagen has been spied testing the 2020 Golf GTI – and it appears the engineers in Wolfsburg are worried about the threat posed by the Hyundai i30N. Lurking in the background of our spy snapper's photos is a white i30N, suggesting the Mk8 GTI is being tested alongside Namyang's front-wheel drive giant-killer...

Volkswagen ID. R sets Goodwood Hillclimb record

Volkswagen's all-electric ID. R has smashed the record time up the Goodwood Hillclimb, cutting 1.7 seconds from the time set by Nick Heidfeld in a 1998 McLaren Formula 1 car. Driven by Romain Dumas, the ID. R is the first car ever to complete the climb in less than 40 seconds. The hillclimb record comes after the ID...