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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...

CarAdvice Podcast: CX-30 v Kona, and Honda rules out leaving Oz

On the podcast this week is Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, Honda rules out leaving Australia, but may reduce its dealer network or appoint an independent distributor. Also, Toyota's hybrid cars are breaking Australian sales records, pricing revealed for the Mazda MX-30, and the 2021 Hyundai Elantra has been teased...

2020 Volkswagen Passat pricing and specs

The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat is now on sale in Australia, arriving this month in solitary 140TSI Business form – after delays kept it from reaching us sooner. That's a new variant name, and a new engine designation for the Passat, too. The familiar 132kW/250Nm 1.8-litre turbo petrol 132TSI has been replaced, as expected, by a new 2...

Underrated cars that deserve greater success

There are hundreds of cars out there to choose from, so it’s hardly a shock that many laudable ones don’t sell nearly as well as they deserve to. Based on 2019’s industry sales figures, here are some of the standouts. They may not necessarily be the very best in class, but they do deserve more sales...

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion points to next VW Passat wagon

Volkswagen’s massive rollout of electric cars continues apace with the Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion concept unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show today. It is the seventh pure electric concept car unveiled by the German giant in the past three years – and while Australia is not likely to get this one, we will get a vehicle that looks like it...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word. Today's download: Ford 'stop sale' on 2...

Volkswagen Passat: Next-gen production could move to Slovakia - report

The Volkswagen Group may abandon its plans to build the next Passat at its planned €1.3 billion factory in Turkey, according to a new report. Industry journal Automotive News Europe says sources told sister publication Automobilwoche the German automaker could shift Passat production to Bratislava, Slovakia, where it builds various models like the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7...

Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW

Volkswagen’s German head office could be hit with an even bigger fine than the proposed $75 million penalty – already the highest of its type in Australia – for “misleading or deceptive conduct” on diesel vehicles that cheated emissions tests. However, the outcome of the hearing and the total amount of the fine may not be known for months after Justice Foster reserved his decision in the Federal Court in Sydney today...

Volkswagen Group to build next-gen Passat, Superb in Turkey

The Volkswagen Group is finalising a new production facility in Turkey which will reportedly become the site of Passat and Skoda Superb production next decade. According to documents obtained by industry journal, Automotive News Europe, the new factory will have an annual production output of 300,000 units when it goes online in 2022, and be located in Manisa, some 40km north-east of Izmir on the Turkish west coast...

2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE gains bigger battery

The Volkswagen Passat GTE has been given an EV range boost thanks to a larger capacity lithium-ion battery pack. The Passat GTE's battery capacity has been boosted from 9.9kWh to 13kWh. Electric-only driving range under the WLTP standard is now rated at 56 kilometres for the sedan, and 54km in the wagon. Under the old NEDC testing regime EV range has been improved by 40 per cent...

2020 Volkswagen Passat: Australian launch hit with delays

The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat has been hit with delays on various models, as the local division battles with changes in production scheduled caused by the new WLTP emissions regulations in Europe. Originally scheduled to hit Australian showrooms before the end of the year, the refreshed 2020 Passat will now see a staggered launch Down Under that will see the full line-up's availability draw out into 2020...