The week's top news stories: February 24, 2019

This week, there's been a raft of new releases, some bold comments from Holden, and confirmation of incoming product.
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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.

Automotive 'black box' recorders could become mandatory in Europe

Proposed legislation being put to the parliament next month could see data recorders, along with a raft of active safety equipment, installed in all new cars sold within the EU.

Car crash investigators, coming soon to a TV near you

2019 Mazda 3 pricing and specs

Mazda Australia has taken the bold decision to push its new 3 sedan and hatch upmarket, responding to what it calls customer demand for ritzier choices in the small car space.

It's pretty pricey, but it looks pretty

Holden slams takeover talk, says it's a 'challenger brand'

Holden formally dismisses rumours of a new distributor, repositions itself as an underdog amid record low sales, vows to take on “keyboard warriors” who trash it online.

Do you buy the rhetoric?

Volkswagen T-Roc and T-Cross confirmed for Australia

Volkswagen has managed to get its business case across the line for its compact SUVs, giving its line-up a long-awaited boost.

The brand's SUV portfolio is getting a long-overdue boost

Emojis coming to Queensland number plates

That's right, you'll soon be able to add a smiley to your ideal plate configuration in Queensland.

Which emoji would you choose, and why?

Honda officially closes UK manufacturing operations

Honda has officially announced its Swindon operation will stop at the end of the Civic's lifecycle, a decision costing 3500 British jobs.

It’s not just vehicle manufacturing in Australia that has felt the strain in recent years

2020 Ford Focus ST revealed

The all-new hot hatch scheduled to arrive Down Under in 2020, packed with a new 2.3-litre turbo engine, the first-time availability of an automatic transmission, and more tech than you can sneeze at.

Mmm, fast Fords

2019 Toyota HiAce officially revealed

Toyota's new van has gone official, with new 2.8-litre diesel and 3.5-litre petrol engines, a fresh spread of transmissions, a more upmarket interior and better safety.

It's official!