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Volkswagen recalls Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo and Caddy for DSG faults

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall of 16,098 of its model-year 2012-2014 Golf (in hatch, cabriolet and wagon body styles), Jetta, Passat, Polo and Caddy models affected by an issue with their seven-speed dual clutch automatic 'DSG' transmission. Affected vehicles were sold between 1 June 2011 and 1 June 2015...

Volkswagen is losing up to $3.6 billion a week, despite shutdown

German carmaker Volkswagen has claimed it is still spending €2 billion (AU$3.6 billion) per week during the coronavirus outbreak, despite having suspended European production last month. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told media that the business is still operational – however running at a loss, as reported by Automotive News...

The 10 most popular cars in video games, ranked

The most popular car brands and models to feature in video games have been revealed in a new study conducted by UK car sales website Carwow. The study – which analysed thousands of video games featuring cars (whether as the main focus or merely as tools for players to utilise) – ranked popularity based on how many appearances brands and models made across the titles...

Volkswagen's 'Local Hazard Warning' system wins Euro NCAP award

Volkswagen's 'Local Hazard Warning' system has become the first piece of technology in almost six years to win a Euro NCAP award, claiming the safety body's ‘Advanced’ award in recognition of its unrealised potential to protect motorists from hazards...

Volkswagen e-Bulli: All-electric T1 Samba Bus revealed

German car-builder eClassics – a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles partner – has released its e-Bulli, a conversion package that takes a classic T1 Samba Bus and adds Volkswagen’s electric vehicle technology. The e-Bulli was originally slated for debut at the Techno Classica 2020 trade fair, however due to the event’s postponement, Volkswagen has revealed the car online...

CarAdvice podcast: How Coronavirus is affecting the industry, and Mandy's last show!

This week on the podcast is Mandy Turner, James Ward, and Mike Stevens. In car news, police suspend mass random breath testing in some states amid the coronavirus outbreak, details for the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR have been released, a 'Sporty' Subaru Forester is bound for Australia, Volkswagen is targeting zero crashes by 2050, and Mike checks out some of the headline stories from the week...

Volkswagen reports strong 2019 sales, concedes 2020 unlikely to compare as factories shut down for COVID-19 measures

After releasing strong 2019 sales figures, Volkswagen has announced it will suspend production across Europe, citing coronavirus concerns and a “rapid decline” in the automotive markets. The Volkswagen Auto Group posted growth across its Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Porsche and Scania brands in 2019 (with Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles the only brands to see decline), however the early months of 2020 have thrust the marque into uncertainty...

2022 Volkswagen Amarok teased: Ford Ranger-based ute coming

A first look at the upcoming 2022 Volkswagen Amarok has been handed down, hinting at a meaner design for its second generation. Developed in partnership with Ford, the new Amarok ute will take most of its engineering and architecture from the Ranger project – while Volkswagen takes the lead on vans for both companies...

Volkswagen to release smaller ID.1 and ID.2 electric models by 2024

Volkswagen is looking to fortify its electric assault with the addition of two smaller models in the ID range – the ID.1 and ID.2, as reported by Car. The models will be built on familiar, scalable MEB electric architecture – the same seen in the larger ID.3 and ID.4, however costs will be brought down by reducing features and driving range...

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR pricing and specs

Australian pricing for the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has been announced, ahead of its July arrival. Limited to 300 units and landing as something of a swansong for the 'Mk7.5' Golf GTI line, the 2020 GTI TCR is priced from $51,490 before on-road costs. That starting price positions it between the regular $46,690 180kW/370Nm Golf GTI and the $55,490 213kW/380Nm Golf R – the latter being the Golf line's all-wheel-drive flagship...

Volkswagen targeting zero crashes by 2050

German carmaker Volkswagen is developing a software-based operating system for new vehicles that it believes could result in no accidents involving its cars by 2050, as reported by Reuters. Utilising sensors and processors, the next-generation cars will be able to calculate and pre-empt a potential collision, according to Volkswagen’s brand strategy chief, Michael Jost...