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Dieselgate: Current, former Volkswagen CEO knew of cheating before public admission - report

Recently-unsealed court filings are giving us a better insight into who at Volkswagen knew about what (and when they knew it) in the long-running Dieselgate emissions cheating saga. Recently unsealed documents, reported by Der Spiegel and filed by the Braunschweig prosecutor's office, say Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen Group CEO at the time, and Herbert Diess, current VW Group CEO and then-head of the Volkswagen brand, were present at a meeting about the cheating on July 27, 2015...

Hot hatches have jumped the shark, and we deserve better

I despise the phrase 'jumped the shark'. It comes from a late episode of Happy Days, where Fonzie literally jumps over a shark on water skis – at least, that's what Wikipedia told me. I wasn't born when the shark was first jumped, you see, but the expression still lingers like a bad smell over pop culture...

Volkswagen advertises Chevrolet Bolt as part of Dieselgate settlement

In one of the quirks of its Dieselgate settlement, Volkswagen has begun rolling out an advertising campaign promoting its competitors. In the just-released advertisement, a driver stops at a traffic light in his poorly-disguised Subaru Outback, with The Flintstones theme song...

2019 Volkswagen Touareg gets 170kW V6 TDI option in the UK

The new-generation Volkswagen Touareg has already been on sale in the UK for a while, and the company's British division has announced an additional engine variant this week. Starting at £48,995 ($85,397), the new 231PS (170kW) 3.0 TDI V6 turbo-diesel is essentially a lower-output version of the 281PS (206kW) oiler that has been available since launch in the UK...

Volkswagen T-Cross teased again

Volkswagen has continued the long tease for its upcoming T-Cross compact SUV, this time talking up its practicality. According to the latest images, you'll be able to slide the rear bench to expand the boot from 385L to 455L. Folding the 60/40 rear bench opens up 1281L of space. The passenger seat backrest also folds flat, for the ability to carry longer items that otherwise wouldn't fit into a compact SUV...

Volkswagen Grand California: Bigger camper launched in Europe

Volkswagen has taken the California and made it a bit larger again, with the launch of the Grand California ahead of the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon in Germany. Unlike the regular California, which is built around the Transporter, the Grand California is based on the larger Crafter...

Volkswagen considering an all-electric R model

With the electric Volkswagen ID hatch, ID Buzz people mover, and ID Crozz crossover all approved for production, the Wolfburg-based firm is thinking of adding some excitement to the battery-powered range. "We have an idea [for an electric R], based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet," Jost Capito, head of Volkswagen's R division, told Autocar...

Three-year warranty holdouts unmoved by Mazda extension

With its decision to move to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, Mazda has narrowed the pool of 'mainstream' manufacturers offering three years of coverage to just four: Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen. We've made clear the CarAdvice position on warranty in the past, but here's a quick recap from Alborz's opinion piece on the issue: It’s time we start asking car companies to up their written warranties...

Volkswagen Australia sticking with three-year warranty - here's why

Volkswagen Australia isn’t yet ready to join the growing club of car companies offering factory warranties of five years or more. It’ll stick with its three-year/unlimited kilometre policy for the time being, though hasn't ruled out expanding this offer eventually...

2018 Volkswagen Golf R drive-away pricing announced

Volkswagen has announced drive-away pricing for the 2018 Golf R hatch and wagon, as it prepares to bring the MY19 range into showrooms. The drive-away Golf R range will kick off at $48,490 drive-away in Grid Edition Manual guise, jumping to $50,990 for the DSG. Volkswagen previously priced the two from $47,490 and $49,990 before on-road costs respectively...

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing and specs

Volkswagen Australia has narrowed its ‘regular’ five-seat Tiguan range by retaining only the more expensive 132TSI Comfortline and 162TSI Highline all-wheel drive (AWD) variants, while adding a 162TSI Wolfsburg Edition range-topper...