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Volkswagen Passat 206TSI sedan axed

The Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line sedan has been dropped from the line-up, leaving just the wagon with the top-shelf powertrain option. Speaking with CarAdvice, Volkswagen Australia's public relations and brand experience manager, Kurt McGuinness, confirmed the changes, citing the introduction of the Arteon four-door coupe as the cause...

Volkswagen to miss Paris motor show – report

Volkswagen will reportedly be ditching the Paris motor show in October, making it the latest manufacturer to join the absentee list of a major automotive event. In a statement made by the company's French division – posted by AutoActu – it appears Volkswagen could instead organise Paris-based launch and test drive events for new models that would have otherwise debuted at the motor show...

Volkswagen T-Roc R spied again

A development prototype believed to be an early Volkswagen T-Roc R has been spied again, indicating the company's small performance SUV project is still in the works. Snapped leaving the Volkswagen and Audi test facility at the Nurburgring, the T-Roc R prototype looks very much like the blue example spied last September, though the LED daytime-running light strips in the front bumper aren't present on this black vehicle...

Volkswagen orders $64 billion worth of electric car batteries

The Volkswagen Group has doubled its anticipated order for lithium-ion batteries to €30 billion ($64 billion). These batteries will be used by Volkswagen and its various brands to aggressively push into the nascent electric vehicle segment in the wake of its Dieselgate emission cheating scandal...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Worthersee meeting in Austria. Said to be inspired by the Golf GTI TCR race car, the concept features a new front bumper with a sharper front splitter, a crisper set of side sills, TCR lettering along the sides, a revised exhaust tip design, and a more aggressively-styled diffuser and lower rear spoiler...

Volkswagen apprentice concepts debut at Worthersee - UPDATE

Update (10/9): Volkswagen has released more images of the GTI Next Level and Golf Variant GMotion. Volkswagen has revealed a pair of concepts at the annual Lake Worthersee meet, created by the company's apprentices at its Wolfsburg and Zwickau bases...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Local arm keen on new hot hatch

Volkswagen Australia has voiced its interest in a Golf GTI variant to sit atop the local line-up, in the lead-up to the reveal of the GTI TCR at Lake Worthersee on May 9. "We would be keen on such a variant," said Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, telling us "the [Golf] GTI and R line-ups are ever-evolving...

Poll: Volkswagen Tiguan topples Skoda Karoq

The two competitors might share a base architecture, but the Volkswagen Tiguan has won favour over the Skoda Karoq in our latest poll. Last week, we confirmed the Skoda Karoq's local arrival has advanced from September to June, after anticipated delays proved a non-issue. The range will start with the front-wheel drive 110TSI, set to kick off from around $30,000...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR teased ahead of Worthersee debut

Volkswagen is preparing a hotter, harder flagship for its Golf GTI line-up, borrowing parts from the road-car-based Touring Car Racing variant. That means the Golf GTI TCR will be a road-going version of the racing GTI, which itself is based on a road car. Right. Semantics aside, the GTI TCR shapes as a tantalising proposition...

Former Volkswagen CEO charged over Dieselgate scandal

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group at the time the Dieselgate scandal erupted into public view, has been indicted on four charges in the United States. The US indictment against Winterkorn was actually filed in secret in March, and was only revealed this week by the Detroit district court as the Volkswagen Group held its annual general meeting in Germany...

CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!

This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced. The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June...