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How big is the boot space? Every SUV in Australia in 2021, ranked

If you're shopping for an SUV, it's likely you want to know a few important things. A good number of seats, an ample amount of power, an affordable price point, reliability, safety and – possibly most importantly – how much of your life you can cram into the boot...

Toyota reclaims top position as most valuable auto brand, study finds

Toyota has taken the top spot from Mercedes-Benz in the latest study of the world's most valuable automotive brands. The report, conducted by London firm Brand Finance, found Toyota has increased its perceived value by 2 per cent, to an estimated AU$76.9 billion. The study evaluates a number of metrics to estimate a brand's worth, rather than being based on the value of a company's stock...

Environmentally-backwards Australia becoming an “automotive third world," Volkswagen claims

Australia is at risk of becoming an "automotive third world," a local spokesperson for Volkswagen has claimed. Europe, China, Japan and the USA – where the vast majority of the world's cars are built – all have significantly more stringent emission regulations than Australia...

Electric Ford Transit Custom and Volkswagen Transporter twins confirmed

The next-generation Ford Transit Custom and twin-under-the-skin Volkswagen Transporter will be offered with all-electric powertrain options, both manufacturers have confirmed. Set to go into production in Turkey during the first half of 2023, the upcoming mechanically-identical commercial vans will also be available with hybrid and traditional internal combustion engines...

The safest cars for young drivers under $30,000 in Australia

Buying a new car is an exciting yet arduous process – more so when it's your first time jumping through the hoops. While key factors such as style, performance and price are usually top of mind, given that novice drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes – due to a combination of inexperience and older, cheaper and less safe cars – safety should also make the list of priorities...

Volkswagen Group to introduce a single electric platform to underpin future models

Volkswagen Group has outlined plans to base all future battery-powered models on a single platform. At a presentation overnight, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess unveiled the company's intention to have at least 80 per cent of its models built on the new electric vehicle (EV) architecture by 2030...

Volkswagen join GM in rejection of hydrogen technology – report

Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess has solidified his company's commitment to battery-powered vehicles, rejecting hydrogen as a viable fuel alternative. Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Diess was adamant there was no future in hydrogen passenger cars due to limitations in the technology. "You won’t see any hydrogen usage in cars," Mr Diess said...

Q&A: Most economical cars under $30,000?

Hey CarAdvice, I am looking to buy the most environmentally-friendly car I can afford. What are my options at the lower end of the market? Thanks! – Alice Kez Casey If you're looking at environmentally-friendly through the lens of fuel consumption, then cars like the Volkswagen Polo (which uses 5.0 litres of fuel per 100km), Toyota Yaris (4...

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace recalled

Volkswagen Australia has recalled 32 examples of its Tiguan Allspace SUV, citing a fault with the drivers seat. The affected vehicles were sold between 1 December 2020 and 8 March 2021 (Model Year 2021). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “Bolts may not have been installed on the longitudinal adjustment mechanism of the driver seat...

Volkswagen 'Project Trinity' electric flagship sedan due in 2026

Volkswagen has confirmed it is working on a breakthrough new electric sedan due to launch in 2026, known as the Project Trinity. While specific details remain thin on the ground – particularly given the vehicle isn't slated to launch for five years – Volkswagen promises the Trinity (a codename, with the final production moniker yet to be decided) will set "new standards in terms of range...

Next-generation Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan, Passat and T-Roc confirmed with hybrid power

The Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan, Passat and T-Roc's futures have been secured into the electric age, with the German brand confirming its popular models will all receive another generation...