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 Toyota Supra, BMW Z4 to offer four-cylinder engine
It's official: the new fifth-generation Toyota Supra and third-generation BMW Z4 will be powered by both four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines.
Road & Track has uncovered documentation from transmission maker ZF detailing the drivetrain choices of both the new Supra and its twin-under-the-skin Z4.
Holden: Dave Buttner confirmed as new MD
Holden has announced Mark Bernhard will leave his role as managing director and chairman at the end of July, with Dave Buttner to step into the role.
Bernhard has been at the helm since July 2015, having piloted Holden through its transition from local manufacturer to full importer, completed with the closure of Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing plant on October 20 last year.
AEB: What pedestrian detection systems might not see
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection is one of the must-have safety features in modern cars, but it's not infallible. Whether it's false positives caused by reflective signs or systems failing during demonstrations, semi-autonomous safety assists can be fooled.
Mazda CX-8, Volvo XC40 score five-star ANCAP results
The new Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 have both been awarded a five-star safety rating by ANCAP, under the updated testing regime described as the "toughest" to date.
Volkswagen Amarok's biggest export market now Australia
Australia reigns as the world’s top export market for the Volkswagen Amarok ute/pickup, and as such will almost certainly play an increasingly important role in all global decisions related to the vehicle line.
Only Argentina, where the Amarok is produced for many markets including ours, accounts for more volume. Australians bought 9282 units last year, overtaking Brazil, though it still finished well behind most rivals from Thailand (Ranger, HiLux, Colorado, Triton and the like).
Half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety
Crash testing is getting tougher around the world, and modern cars are safer than ever. It appears buyers could be taking that for granted, with new research finding more than 50 per cent of buyers don't have a car's safety rating as a top-three priority when making a purchase.
According to a finder.com.au survey asking 2033 people what they'd prioritise alongside model and price in a new car purchase, 52 per cent had more pressing concerns than safety.
Renault Megane RS Trophy revealed, here in second half of 2019
Renault has finally fully revealed the range-topping Megane RS Trophy, ahead of its arrival in Australia during the second half of 2019.
Power in the RS Trophy comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol making 300hp (224kW) and 420Nm, put to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
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