The week's top news stories: November 2, 2018

Tesla Model 3 confirmed for Australia, new finance rules come into force, and BMW's 8 Series Convertible revealed
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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 BMW 8 Series Convertible goes official

Stylish new convertible to join the 8 Series Coupe in Australia from Q1 2019.

Would you take the convertible or coupe?

Hyundai i30 Fastback N Line revealed for Europe

Four-door 'coupe' version of Hyundai's small car gains extra equipment and sporty styling.

No performance upgrades, however.

Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'

CEO Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter the Tesla Model 3 should reach Australia during the middle of 2019.

This is sooner than originally expected

Mazda CX-8 gains 2.5T petrol in Japan

Seven-seat SUV gains turbo engine out of CX-5, CX-9, along with naturally-aspirated petrol option.

No announcements for Australia though, yet...

Volkswagen may share MEB EV platform with Ford

Volkswagen is exploring collaborating with Ford on upcoming models built on its MEB electric vehicle platform.

The MEB architecture will be used as the basis for 27 upcoming electric models

Flex commissions banned: new vehicle financing rules come into force

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has introduced new ban on 'flex commissions' in automotive lending.

The rules will apply to all automotive finance lenders, including banks and car dealers

Hyundai, Kia launching smallest and largest SUVs in 2019

Korean giants will add both larger and smaller SUVs over the coming years, some of which have been confirmed for our market.

Kia's compact SUV may make it to Australia before the end of next year

Toyota Australia: five new hybrids by mid-2020

Strong demand for the petrol-electric Camry has led Toyota Australia to confirm it will bring five new electric hybrid models to our market within the next 18 months.

The first will be the all-new RAV4 hybrid