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The Week's Top News Stories: October 19, 2018

Mazda adds Apple CarPlay, Holden and JLR pause production and Kia Rio finally gets a 6-speed auto

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.


Volkswagen announces new capped-price service plans

Volkswagen has chopped between five and 10 per cent off service plans across its range.

Still more expensive to service than a Toyota, Hyundai or Mazda.


Mercedes-Benz EQC: buyer registration opening in December

Mercedes is preparing to start taking order for its upcoming electric SUV.

The car won't reach Australia until the end of 2019


Tesla Model 3: 'Mid-range' sedan launched

Tesla has announced a new member of its Model 3 lineup: priced from US$45,000.

It's still US$10,000 cheaper than what was originally promised


Jaguar Land Rover production stoppage caused by perfect storm of global issues

Jaguar Land Rover has moved to pause production at its Solihull plant, thanks largely due to massive drops in the Chinese new vehicle market.

Jaguar Land Rover last month suffered a 46.2 per cent sales dive in its single largest market


2019 Audi R8, R8 Spyder revealed

The refreshed Audi R8 has debuted with a power bump, new styling and re-tuned suspension.

Would you pick the coupe or the convertible?


Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows

Holden has hit pause on production of two of its models, as supply continues to outweigh demand.

Sales for both models have struggled as of late


Mazda: Apple CarPlay/Andriod Auto retrofit to cost $495

Mazda will fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all MZD Connect equipped vehicles - for a fee.

Is $495 too much for increased connectivity?


2019 Kia Rio pricing and specs

Kia has announced details for the 2019 Rio, which comes for the first time with a turbo option, as well as a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The four-speed auto will still feature on the base model automatic


2019 Volkswagen Golf pricing and specs

Volkswagen has announced details of its pared-back 2019 Golf range, with added equipment on most grades.