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Australia's Takata recall: Strict rules and penalties, but little compensation

The compulsory Takata airbag recall announced for all vehicles in Australia affected by faulty inflators will bring penalties of $1.1 million for breaches of the action's strict rules – but owners shouldn't expect much in the way of compensation. Announced today by Michael Sukkar, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the recall will be overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)...

Takata: Compulsory airbag recall announced

The global Takata airbag recall crisis has taken a new turn in Australia, with the Federal Government today announcing a compulsory recall. Talk of stricter action on the matter has been ongoing since Australian recalls were initiated in 2009. Australia's first Takata-related death in July last year - one of 23 globally - prompted the Federal Government to confirm in September that it was considering a compulsory recall...

Volkswagen ID Vizzion interior teased

Volkswagen has teased the autonomous, luxurious ID Vizzion concept again, ahead of its debut in Geneva next week. Posted on social media overnight, the video teases a new type of user interface which, based on what we can see, appears to be gesture control...

Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 2018

People often say "don't forget where you came from". Although we're focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here's a look at what happened on February 27 over the past few years. Warning: may contain traces of Volkswagen Group...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings

Independent crash-testing ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Polo all receiving five-star safety ratings. Headlining ANCAP's release is the X-Class's standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking – a first for the ute segment in Australia...

Volkswagen T-Roc convertible coming in 2020

A drop-top take on the Volkswagen T-Roc is set for production, but we'll have to wait until 2020 for a full unveil. There have been a few notable high-riding convertibles in recent years, including Range Rover Evoque and, in the USA, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Neither has been a runaway success, but that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from having a crack...

2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has today confirmed drive-away pricing for the 2018 Polo, set to start at $17,990 The base 70TSI Trendline is priced from $17,990 drive-away with a manual, identical to the previous list price. It's the same story for the dual-clutch model, priced from $20,490 drive-away. Power comes from a 1...

Volkswagen ID Vizzion previewed ahead of Geneva

Volkswagen has handed down a first look at its new ID Vizzion concept, ahead of a Geneva motor show debut next month. The big sedan, complete with fashionable sloping roofline, previews the looks and technology you'd expect to see in a "fully automated premium-class saloon" from the brand...

Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they're like! Here are our five favourites from January, along with the story that inspired the most comments...

2019 Volkswagen Touareg previewed

  The third-generation 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will make its debut in Beijing on March 23, the company has confirmed. A single side-on sketch of the flagship SUV was posted online, previewing sleeker looks inspired by the Arteon and T-Prime GTE concept, the latter revealed in Beijing two years ago...

Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 pricing and specs

The special-edition Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 has been detailed ahead of its March launch, priced from $64,990 drive-away. Limited to 120 units, the Kombi 70 is based on the Multivan TDI340 Comfortline, and comes exclusively with a DSG transmission. The special model celebrates 70 years "since the conception" of the original Kombi van, adding a range of retro-styled equipment to celebrate the milestone...