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 – once you've called your mum and wished her a happy Mother's Day, naturally.
2019 Hyundai iMax and iLoad pricing and specs
Practical people- and equipment-moving fans, rejoice! There's a new Hyundai iMax and iLoad – or a revised model, anyway. With a new face, more gear and a fancy Elite model for iMax buyers, it takes a good thing and improves on the formula.
2018 BMW M5 Competition revealed
A leaner, meaner BMW M5 is imminent for Australia. It'll be priced from $229,000 locally, with 460kW of power and 750Nm of torque for a 3.3-second sprint to 100km/h.
Renault Australia cuts warranty RS models
Renault has pulled its RS warranty into line with the brand's broader global standards, dropping coverage from five to three years. The news was confirmed this week, with Renault Australia's corporate communications manager telling CarAdvice the change is a "directive from head office".
2018 Federal Budget: What it means for motorists
The more that changes, the more that stays the same. The Luxury Car Tax hasn't been axed, nor have various import duties impacting new-car buyers – surprise, surprise.
Australian liquid fuel stocks up for assessment, as reserves sit below 50 days
"Liquid fuels like those listed above are crucial: in an opinion piece published in Fairfax newspapers, Minister Josh Frydenberg says they account for 37 per cent of our total energy use, and 98 per cent of our transport needs."
"Right now, Frydenberg writes, we import three quarters of our crude oil and 55 per cent of our refined fuel. Malaysia is our largest crude supplier, while South Korea is our biggest supplier of refined product."
"On any given day, up to 45 oil tankers could be bound for our shores, and the IEA says our imports are likely to increase by more than 3.0 per cent every year between now and 2021/22."
Minimum bicycle passing distance becomes law in NSW
New South Wales motorists will need to keep at least a metre between themselves and bikes when overtaking up to 60km/h, and 1.5-metres beyond it.
The penalty if you don't? $330 and two demerit points.
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled
Based on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, inspired by the TCR race car, the GTI TCR Concept will be put into production later this year. With 213kW of power and 370Nm of torque put to the front wheels through a locking differential.
Honda offering seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty until June 30
In an attempt to take on the likes of Kia, Honda is offering a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty across its range until the end of financial year.
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan revealed
It's big, folks. Meet the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the first high-sided vehicle (SUV) from the classic British luxury brand. With a twin-turbo V12 engine, the Architecture of Luxury for a platform and a lavish interior, it's going to be a winner among rappers and oligarchs alike.
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