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

There's news on every front this week, from big electric developments to revised local pricing.
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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.

Electric vehicles: Federal 'plan about a plan' slammed by EV Council

The Federal Government's commitment to develop a national EV strategy has failed to excite the EV Council, which is calling for action.

Slammed, we tell you!

Toyota customers pay more luxury car tax than owners of big-name luxury brands

There are renewed calls to scrap Luxury Car Tax as figures show buyers of Toyota family cars are paying more than most prestige brands.

Expensive, hey?

2020 Skoda Kamiq revealed, here late Q1 2020

Skoda has officially revealed the Kamiq, now the smallest member of the Czech brand's SUV family.

Looks sharp

2020 Jaguar XE pricing and specs

The big cat's 3 Series fighter has gained a bolder face, improved interior trim, a simplified lineup, and technology borrowed from the I-Pace EV.

Two models instead of 11

2019 Honda Civic Sedan pricing and specs

Honda has made its range of active safety systems more accessible for Civic buyers, while the entire sedan range has been treated to a raft of small but meaningful upgrades.

AEB still isn't standard across the range, though

Porsche Macan misses out on standard AEB

Porsche Australia has released its latest SUV without safety technology that comes standard on sub-$20,000 hatchbacks.

Mean, or justified?

Honda e Prototype revealed, still not for Australia

New city-friendly electric car stays true to the 2017 Urban EV concept, but adds a dose of practicality thanks to a set of neatly-integrated rear doors.

Cute, and not coming here

AEB could become mandatory in Australia

A new UN regulation could mean all new vehicles, passenger and light-commercial, sold in Australia will require the potentially life-saving technology.

Hit the brakes... automatically

Ferrari F8 Tributo unveiled

Replacement for the 488 GTB has a more powerful V8 turbo engine, and a refined version of the outgoing car's platform.

Bella machina

2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coming to Australia

The new Camaro is finally being offered with a six-speed manual in Australia. The new 10-speed automatic will also be available, but it's now a $2200 option.

Manual, V8, rear-drive

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coming to Australia

It's been the worst-kept secret in the industry, but we can finally officially reveal HSV will import and convert the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 from April this year, with pricing to start from $159,990 before on-road costs.

Manual, V8, supercharged, rear-drive

Tesla Model 3 'Standard Range' now on sale in the USA

Promised US$35,000 version goes on sale in the company's local market, with the trade-off being the closure of all its store-front sales operations.

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