2018 is officially over. It’s time for sunshine and (a sometimes rose-tinted) reflection on the year gone by. Here at CarAdvice, we’re taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year.
For this instalment, we're covering off the five most visited CarAdvice news stories of the year.
5. NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'
After the NSW State Government announced its new slow down, move over rules to protect police working on the roadside, the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) took a good, old-fashioned swipe, describing them as "half-baked" and "short-sighted" compared to those elsewhere in Australia.
4. VFACTS, June 2018 new vehicle sales
The biggest month of the year didn't bring too many surprises, and the market was looking strong – record-breaking, in fact. SUV sales were strong, shocker, and light commercial vehicles had a higher-than-usual 22 per cent market share.
3. VFACTS, September 2018 new vehicle sales
Things might've looked good in June, but they were well and truly on the downturn in September. The market dropped 5.5 per cent compared to the same month in 2017, leaving the market 0.9 per cent down year-to-date.
2. 2019 Toyota RAV4 revealed
The second-most read story of 2018 was the RAV4's reveal at New York. With a new look inspired by the FT-AC concept, the mid-sized SUV is shorter than the car it replaces, but has a 30mm longer wheelbase. The cabin packs more technology than before, while the hybrid will be coming to Australia for the first time.
1. Mazda CX-8 confirmed for Australia, here second-half 2018
Mazda's bits-and-pieces CX-8 was the biggest news story of 2018. After internal documents provided unofficial confirmation, January 10 brought about official word from Mazda.