New models, police cars, and conspiracies headline this week's news.
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.
Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line on sale from $46,990
New sport-themed edition brings R-Line package to 132TSI grade for the first time, and comes loaded with standard kit.
Headlining the spec sheet are 19-inch 'Sebring' alloy wheels, a sporty R-Line bodykit, tinted windows, two-tone 'Race' cloth upholstery, and the usually-optional Driver Assistance Package which incorporates adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and Emergency Assist.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 revealed
Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off the new CLA35, joining the related A35 hatchback and sedan in the company's compact performance line-up.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol carried over from other AMG 35 models, tuned to deliver 225kW at 5800rpm, and 400Nm between 3000 and 4000rpm.
Great Wall: Next-gen ute's interior revealed
Great Wall has continued to the gradual drip-feed of details about its upcoming replacement for the Steed dual-cab, revealing its upmarket interior. There's quilted leather in there, for crying out loud.
Infotainment is handled by a 9.0-inch touchscreen sitting flush in the dash. The software looks fresh, too, although no details have been provided about what's driving the system.
Kia Stinger joins NT Police fleet
Northern Territory's Road Policing Command joins QLD and WA Police in choosing the twin-turbo V6 Korean liftback to replace the previous Falcon and Commodore patrol cars.
Carlos Ghosn says his arrest is part of a conspiracy
Overnight, Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO and chairman of Renault and Nissan, published a seven-and-a-half-minute video stating his innocence, and claiming he was arrested as part of a "conspiracy".
The video was recorded prior to Ghosn's re-arrest last week, when he was out on bail.
Ford Fiesta ST delayed until 'late 2019'
Despite announcing a second quarter 2019 launch 12 months ago, Ford Australia has pushed back the introduction of its three-cylinder pint-sized hot hatch, with no official reasoning as yet.
This means the Blue Oval will be forced to go without an entry-level performance model even longer, given both the previous Fiesta ST and Focus ST have been out go production for some time.
Ram Australia moves to 24-hour production as part of $10m investment
The Melbourne production line remanufacturing US pick-ups to right-hand-drive will soon be running 24 hours a day, five days a week to triple its original output.
The Australian distributor of Ram is holding more than 460 orders for Ram pick-ups, despite prices ranging from $80,000 to $150,000 – well in excess of the top-selling Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton utes that typically cost between $40,000 and $60,000.
2020 Audi S6/S7 revealed, here in 2020
Audi Sport has revealed the S6, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback, ahead of a European market launch later in the year. Interestingly, the company has decided to draw upon turbo-diesel power in all three vehicles. However, the USA, Asia and Middle East will get a petrol version.