The week's top news stories: February 3, 2019

Here's a rundown of the week's top news stories, headlined by some gold Hondas.
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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.

Honda goes gold to celebrate 50 years in Australia

Honda is planning to take the special-edition golden cars, bikes and home products around to customers as a celebration of its history.

Goldfinger would approve

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance takes global passenger car crown

It edged out Volkswagen Group and Toyota, although both those brands leapfrogged it if we're counting heavy truck sales.

Will the Carlos Ghosn saga change that next year?

Car dealers have room for improvement, says J.D. Power

Customers want more engaged sales staff, less pressure to buy, longer test drives, and a greater 'sense of occasion'

Have you bought a car recently?

Carlos Ghosn claims he was arrested to thwart merger with Renault

In his first interview since being arrested, the former Nissan and Renault CEO claims the charges against him are part of 'plot' by Nissan executives.

The saga drags on

Steering wheels are four times dirtier than toilet seats - study

The study comes from a rental car blog, which also found most people only clean their cars once per year. Guys, that just isn't often enough.

Yuck and ew

2019 Renault Clio revealed

We got a look at the interior last night, now it's time to check out the exterior. The new supermini is designed to take the fight to the Volkswagen Polo with more tech, sharper style and a new RS Line exterior treatment.

Here's the exterior, and here's the cabin