New head-honchos, and more power for a fan fave

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.


2019 Mazda MX-5 to get more powerful engine, not confirmed for Australia

It's happening, folks. The MX-5 is getting more power for 2019... in Japan. There's no guarantee it's coming to Australia yet, but our fingers are firmly crossed. With 137kW and a higher redline – 7500 rpm to be precise – it promises to be even more fun than the current car.

Oh, and there's a telescoping steering wheel


2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed, still not for Oz

More grip, more downforce, new tyres and a sharper interior. The only issue? We're still not getting it in Australia.

Cue the tears


Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

"To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety," Elon Musk tweeted. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features."

Problem is, we don't really know what those features will be.

Don't expect Level 2 autonomous cars to become Level 5 autonomous overnight, though


Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia

A study from ANCAP has revealed the number of model lines offered with AEB as standard in Australia is rising, and rising fast.

The study charted whether the potentially life-saving technology is not available, optional, available on higher models, standard or unknown in the 100 best-selling cars in Australia through December 2015, June 2016, June 2017 and March 2018, tracking its rapid uptake.

Get the numbers here


Suzuki Swift Sport Red Devil here in July from $29,156

No more power for the little Swift, but the Red Devil gets a unique paint finish and some black decals to justify its $666 price bump. Meanwhile, the rest of the Swift Sport range has been given drive-away pricing.

Are you in a devilish mood?


2018 Mazda CX-8 pricing revealed

The new middle child of the Mazda SUV range is almost here, and now we know what it'll cost. The range will kick off at $42,490 before on-roads, running to $61,490 in top-grade Asaki trim.

We're still waiting for more specification information, though


2018.5 Ford Escape gets range-wide AEB, ST-Line trim

Ford Australia has added autonomous emergency braking as standard across the Escape range, and added an ST-Line model to the range.

Prices are up, but so is the standard equipment list


GM names first female Chief Financial Officer

"Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years,” said GM CEO and chairman, Mary Barra.

Have a read of the story here