The week's top news stories: February 17, 2019

Lots of news in the automotive world this week, with Toyota's new HiAce revealed in leaked images, and a sneak peek at the Land Rover Defender's interior.
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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.

2020 Land Rover Defender interior leaked

An undisguised photo of interior of the new Land Rover Defender has been posted on Twitter by Richard Charles, a jewellery designer specialising in automotive-themed products.

Don't use social media is the moral of this story

2019 BMW X3 M, X4 M Competition revealed

BMW M GmbH has revealed the first-ever X3 M and X4 M, complete with more powerful Competition variants, ahead of an Australian arrival during the second half of 2019.

Fast, thy name is Competition

2020 Mitsubishi ASX revealed

The top-selling Mitsubishi ASX small crossover is about to get another facelift, though this one appears to be a little more substantial than some of the running changes we’ve seen over its nearly 10-year life cycle.

New nose, who dis?

LNP backs calls for service data to be shared with independent repairers

The Liberal/National Party (LNP) has released its consultation paper into the sharing of manufacturer vehicle service and repair information, backing the ACCC's calls to make it mandatory.

Beware, may contain traces of politics

Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?

German brand Opel could make a return to Australia in a move that would see Commodore and Astra vacate Holden showrooms and leave it with a range of SUVs and utes.

Inchcape could be gaining the Holden brand

Honda Urban EV prototype interior revealed

The interior of Honda's electric vehicle prototype, expected to be a near-production version of its Urban EV concept, has been revealed ahead of the car's official unveiling at the 2019 Geneva motor show, which kicks off at the beginning of March.

It looks like the concept. We repeat, just like the concept!

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is 'high-priority' - Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia has labelled the expansion of electric vehicle charge infrastructure as a high priority, putting it on a list of 29 High Priority Initiatives for Australia.

Plug in, gear up

2020 Toyota HiAce revealed in leak, V6 petrol and HiLux diesel options likely

According to documents viewed by CarAdvice and images sent in by a reader, the new HiAce will not only lose its trademark flat front-end, but will also pick up a petrol V6 option, along with the current-generation 1GD 2.8-litre diesel engine from the Toyota HiLux and new gearbox options.

Goodbye, flat-nosed Toyota van