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Volkswagen Group Australia commences diesel emission recall




The Amarok is the first vehicle in line for the Volkswagen diesel emissions recall program.

Volkswagen Group Australia has begun its voluntary recall program to address vehicles affected by the global emissions matter, starting with 8,694 affected Amaroks. Other models in the program will follow in the coming months.

Owners of affected Amarok vehicles have been contacted via email this morning, and will also receive a letter from Volkswagen Group Australia, inviting them to make an appointment with their local Volkswagen dealer.

The recall will involve a software upgrade performed by a Volkswagen dealer technician in under half-an-hour, at no cost to customers.

Volkswagen Group Australia assures its customers that the implementation of the measure does not lead to a deterioration of the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, engine performance, torque and vehicle acoustics and all vehicle values related to type approval remain unchanged; and continue to outperform the minimum emissions requirements of both Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards.

Recalls for other Volkswagen Group models with 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engines will continue throughout the year, progressing model-by-model. A recall for affected 1.6 litre vehicles will commence later this year.

Volkswagen Group Australia is working closely with its national dealer network to ensure the issue is resolved for its customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Customers should wait until they receive a letter from Volkswagen Australia before booking a dealer appointment. Volkswagen and ŠKODA customers who remain unsure if their vehicle is affected can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) via a link on the relevant brand websites:, and

Customers can also contact a dedicated customer care number on 1800 504 076.

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Next-Generation Holden Commodore is Coming




The next-generation Commodore materializes

Holden has revealed first details of the all-new, next-generation Commodore ahead of its Australian launch in early 2018.

Australia’s first look under the bonnet of the cutting-edge new Commodore reveals a car that will set new benchmarks in its segment for technology, style, practicality and driving dynamics.

Headlined by the V6 flagship model, the first ever imported Commodore will honour the legendary nameplate by being the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. With a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system channeling 230 kilowatts and 370 Newton metres to the road, combined with adaptive suspension technology, a company-first nine-speed automatic transmission, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the next-generation Commodore is set to cement the iconic nameplate’s reputation for class-leading driving dynamics and on-road refinement.

Based on General Motor’s new ‘E2’ global architecture, engineered in Germany and shared with the Opel Insignia, the new Commodore has also been co-developed under the expert and watchful eye of Holden’s Australian engineers to ensure the all-new Commodore continues a four-decade tradition of setting new benchmarks.

“Holden has been engaged in this program from the outset to ensure the next-generation Commodore lives up to its legendary nameplate,” said Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Development.

“We know the first imported Commodore will come under a lot of scrutiny and we know we have a lot to live up to – this car delivers in spades”

“Although we are in the early stages of the Holden development process, this is an absolutely world-class car. We’ve taken a precision-engineered German car and endowed it with Holden DNA. It drives like a Commodore should.

“We’ve had our Holden engineers engaged in this global program from the outset and we’re continuing to do extensive tuning and development, racking up thousands of kilometers, at our Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria to ensure it’s got that Holden magic.

“Of course, it helps that the underlying platform is absolutely world class! This global vehicle program, led by Opel in Germany, has produced a phenomenal base for us to work from. The genuinely cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system using active torque vectoring provides incredible traction and handling finesse. The key is what is dubbed the ‘Twinster’ rear drive module. Essentially, the traditional rear differential has been replaced with two individual clutches that not only save weight and improve packaging but provides virtually instantaneous active distribution of torque to the required wheel.

“The overall system monitors inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and constantly adjusts accordingly, it’s extraordinary.”

The V6 engine with the all-wheel-drive system is a combination that the Holden team drove into the global vehicle program because we know our customers and this performance option is important to them. While it may not be built here, we’ll deliver a Commodore that our customers will love in 2018,” said Mr Tassone.

Commodore’s evolution reflects the transformation of the Holden brand and company as it moves to full-line importer of vehicles. But just like Commodore, Holden will remain a powerhouse of the industry and of the local motoring landscape.

“The next-generation Commodore will reset benchmarks in its class, as has every Commodore since 1978,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley.

“What Commodore will also continue to do is carry the family in space and comfort. Commodore will also race in Supercars from 2018 and continue to be on the road as police cars.

“This next-generation vehicle is changing and bringing incredible technology and refinement with it but will continue to offer customers that quintessential Commodore experience they have loved for nearly four decades.

“With the first-ever imported Commodore, we’re delivering our customers an absolutely world-beating vehicle, with the space, practicality, technology and driving pleasure that Commodore has always provided. This is a different kind of Commodore to what has come before but lives up to the nameplate in every respect and will carry our heritage with pride.”


  • Next-generation Commodore built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia
  • Lightweight construction methods result in 200kg – 300kg weight savings compared to current Commodore
  • Flagship model offers V6 AWD drivetrain with Holden-first 9-speed transmission
  • V6 engine delivers 230kW / 370Nm while being incredibly efficient thanks to Stop-Start technology and Active Fuel Management
  • 2.0T petrol and 2.0T diesel front-wheel drive models also coming to Australia
  • Liftback and Sportwagon body-styles
  • Cutting-edge, adaptive all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and twin-clutch (‘Twinster’) rear differential system
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Next-generation matrix lighting system
  • Infotainment includes:
    • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
    • 8-inch configurable LCD instrument display,
    • next-gen head-up display


Pricing, specification, full details of driver, safety and additional infotainment technology to be confirmed closer to launch.

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New Mazda3: Added Safety, Smoother Driving, Refreshed Styling




Mazda3 has received a range of innovative additions, and price reductions, that will make it even more appealing to small car buyers.

Boasting a stylish interior and exterior re-design and improved ride and handling, New Mazda3 features new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology; including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F) which is now standard across the range, while Mazda3 Maxx and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Making New Mazda3 safer still is the inclusion of Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) on the Mazda3 SP25 GT, and the range-topping Astina adds the Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) as standard equipment.

New Mazda3* also gets an Electric Parking Brake and Electric folding mirrors, DAB+ digital radio, a Drive selector switch is available on automatic models, there are three new exterior colours to choose from, and Pure White leather – an all-new seat trim on Mazda3 – is available as an option.

With Mazda3 Neo pricing remaining at $20,490 (MLP) – but packed with an assortment of new equipment, prices have fallen on all other models by between $1,000 and $1,550 compared to the outgoing model that included the safety pack option.

“Mazda has improved what is already an excellent car”, said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.

“The updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology inclusions make Mazda3 one of the safest cars in its class, while the enhanced drive and handling characteristics – something that Mazda is renowned for – are sure to impress all that drive it.”

The front-end of the New Mazda3 has been re-designed, and includes a new front grille and signature wing that combine with the adoption of either new Halogen or LED headlamps to create a bolder, more aggressive expression.

The dynamic flow – that articulates KODO in its purest form – gracefully runs through to the rear of the car to convey rhythmical motion, joining the rear bumper, which expresses a composed sense of stability.

LED fog lamps are available on all models from the Maxx grade, while electric folding mirrors are standard across the range and are automatic on Touring and above.

The New Mazad3 also gets a stylish interior makeover. The decorative panel is now more three dimensional in shape, the inner handle bezel of the door trim features a sharper, smoother design, and the inclusion of satin chrome, and other metallic materials, collectively heighten the feeling of quality.

Vehicles equipped with Electric Parking Brake (EPB) feature a new centre console design made possible thanks to the extra space in this area, while the Active Driving Display* is now presented in full colour, with DAB+ digital radio also available.

New Mazda3 also offers improved handling performance and ride comfort, thanks to G-Vectoring Control – a world-first Mazda technology that improves chassis balance – and Electric Power Assist Steering, damper and suspension enhancements. Occupants will also experience a quieter drive thanks to better NVH.

Available in eight contemporary colours, including the all-new Machine Grey, Sonic Silver and Eternal Blue, New Mazda3 is offered with two engine types.

The 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol with 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque is available on Neo, Maxx and Touring grades. The more powerful 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine – with 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque – comes standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants. The 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D Diesel is no longer offered.

Like other Mazda passenger and SUV vehicles, New Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.

New Mazda3 goes on sale from 1 August, 2016.

* Grade dependant

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for sedan and hatch

Neo 6MT   $20,490
6AT   $22,490
Maxx 6MT   $22,890
6AT   $24,890
Touring 6MT  $25,290
6AT  $27,290
SP25 6MT  $25,690
6AT  $27,690
SP25 GT 6MT  $29,990
6AT $31,990
SP25 Astina 6MT $33,490
6AT $35,490
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Honda Civic Prototype Video



VIDEO: Honda Civic Prototype VIDEO

Unveiled At Geneva Motor Show, the new Honda Civic Hatch prototype has made its global premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show ahead of its European launch in April 2017.

This video supports the earlier article below…

Honda Civic Prototype Unveiled


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