Bullbars, Holden news, lots of pricing details and, of course, VFACTS.

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.


GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report

Last year Holden hit its lowest sales since 1961, and now its parent company General Motors is reportedly considering a switch to an independent importer.

But the brand and the showrooms will stay


2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition unveiled, 30 for Australia

30 years after the original model made its global debut at the Chicago motor show, a new limited-edition model has stepped out on the stage in the Windy City.

Looks good in orange


2020 Subaru Liberty unveiled

Evolutionary looks (it is a new Subaru, after all) mask a new platform, a new 2.4-litre turbo engine option, and an 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment screen.

But it's not confirmed for Australia


2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change frontal protection bars

New Mitsubishi Triton bullbar is compatible with airbags and autonomous emergency braking, putting pressure on the aftermarket.

Autonomous emergency braking compatible units are a new challenge


2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport, Sport Premium pricing and specs

Four-strong turbocharged sedan family lobs from $28,990 before on-road costs, with the option of manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Check out that snout


2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift revealed

The refreshed mid-sizer gets major technology update, tweaked looks and more electric range in plug-in hybrid variants. European sales kick off in May, with Australian deliveries to commence around November/December.

VW is putting the Passat badge back atop its perch


VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap

Another grim month as economic headwinds bite, new vehicle sales decline by 7.4 per cent. The market is still struggling, then.

Get the full breakdown here


2019 Toyota RAV4 preliminary specs revealed

The new mid-sized Toyota SUV will launch with a huge array of active safety equipment, regardless of trim. Options abound, with a total of 11 variants on offer.

Safety is on the radar at Toyota


Dodgy car dealer tactics called out in Royal Commission into banking

It's what Australia's banking industry has been fearing, with the government finally releasing its report on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Car dealers have been put on notice