The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks.
To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here. Check them out, and let us know what caught your eye.
Lexus made it seven wins in seven years, taking out the JD Power dependability survey in the US ahead of Porsche and Buick. It appears the industry has improved, with the average problems per 100 cars (PP100) down from 156 to 142. Catch up on all the details here.
Renault has given the Zoe more power – 12kW more, to be exact. It hits 100km/h in 11.4 seconds and, in a more relevant test for most customers, it runs from 80 to 120km/h two seconds faster than before.
There’s no word on when it’ll be in Australia, and it appears Renault will only offer it to fleet buyers. Get all the details here.
Described as a “powerful reinterpretation of the Lexus design signatures”, the UX Concept was just an eye-catching sideshow when it was launched in Paris.
Now, it’s been turned into a production SUV, set to take on the BMW X2, Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The car will be fully unveiled in March, but we’ve got a brightened version of the teaser image right here.
The most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 ever built was launched this week, in the form of the very mean, very green 2018 GT3 RS.
With 383kW of power and 480Nm of torque, the option of a hardcore Weissach Package and all the carbon-fibre you could ask for, it shapes up as a very special thing indeed. Get all the details here.
Porsche has ended production of its last two current-generation diesel vehicles, but the fuel still (potentially) has a role to play in the brand’s future.
Why? Depending on who you ask, the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the Macan and Panamera – borrowed from Audi – isn’t likely to meet incoming European fuel economy standards, or it’s another engine sneaking around current tests with some sneaky software.
Neither is 100 per cent confirmed, but there’s a wrap of the story here.
With 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque, race-inspired aerodynamics and a classic red, white and blue livery, the 488 Pista shot straight to the top of our ‘most wanted list’ this week.
It’s the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history, and performance is suitably eye-opening: 100km/h flies by in just 2.85 seconds, 200km/h follows shortly afterwards and the car keeps pulling to 340km/h. More details here.
Speaking of our most wanted list, the Volvo V60 is close to the top as well. With styling borrowed from the XC60 and V90, a Scandinavian-chic interior and 541 litres of boot space, the car is a stunning modern take on the classic Volvo wagon formula.
Along with the V60, Thursday saw the unveil of the new Peugeot 508. In contrast to global trends, the car has been made smaller in almost every dimension and, thanks to a low roofline and frameless doors, looks more coupe-like than before.
The cabin is also typically glitzy, with interesting materials and a high-tech look. Get excited Francophiles, there are more details here.
Now into its fourth generation, the new Santa Fe was unveiled on Thursday. It gets a new nose to match the smaller Kona’s split-lamp look, along with a more upmarket interior. It also gets a new HTRAC all-wheel drive system. Get the full story here.
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