The week's top news stories: April 7, 2019

New models, sales results, dealerships: it's been a busy week of news.
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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 Ford Escape PHEV confirmed for Australia

Ford is launching its assault on the Aussie plug-in market with its mid-sized Escape SUV, debuting electrified tech, a fresh exterior and Focus-inspired cabin.

An improvement?

A.P. Eagers and AHG could merge, creating a dealer superpower

Australia's two largest car dealer groups could merge into one entity, controlling almost 300 new vehicle dealerships nationwide.

It's a big deal for the industry.

2019 Genesis G80 pricing and specs

Korean luxury flagship is scheduled for a June launch in Australia, with carryover V6 powertrain and four variants.

Old car, new price

2019 Mini pricing and specs: AEB now standard

A 2019 upgrade sees the previously optional Driver Assistant Package included as standard on all Hatch and Convertible models, coupled with minor price increases.

More gear, more money

Great Wall: Next-gen ute outed, 500km electric model confirmed

That's right, the GWM ute is gunning for the established dual-cab leaders with its tough new model, set for reveal at the Shanghai motor show.

Tough ute, Chinese style

Ssangyong Australia crying out for Musso accessories

The aftermarket industry is a lucrative one, and Ssangyong is keen to cash in. The only problem? Australian Design Rules.

They're coming!

VFACTS: Lowest March sales since 2014

The overall new car market falls to lowest point in years, but value brands Mitsubishi and Kia are making proverbial hay while the sun shines.

Tough times

Uber adopts five-star car safety policy

Uber passengers will soon have the benefit of riding only in cars with a five-star ANCAP safety rating but the vehicles will still be up to 10 years old.

How's your night been, mate?