At the start of the week, Renault and Fiat Chrysler were two separate brands. Now, it's looking like the two could be merging.
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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 BMW 1 Series revealed, coming to Oz in Q4

The third-generation hatch is lighter and more spacious to its predecessor thanks, in part, to its front-wheel drive platform.

Finish this sentence: the new look makes me feel...


2019 Mazda 6 pricing and specs

Revised medium sedan and wagon range drops diesel, adds Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and GVC Plus for $1000 increase across the line-up.

Tweaked for 2019


Why the German 'big four' are committed to Formula E

Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche are all in the e-racing game – or they will be very soon. Here's how Formula E has enticed storied badges into a totally new motorsport category.

Quiet, but interesting


Fiat Chrysler proposes $52.7 billion 'transformative merger' with Renault

The new partnership would be a 50/50 deal, aimed at reducing costs through lower development costs and greater platform efficiencies.

Transformative is an understatement


ANCAP: New HiAce, Nissan Leaf get five-star crash safety ratings

All-new van and EV get top marks in latest crash tests, while the Jeep Wrangler gets an abysmal one-star score.

YOU get five stars, and YOU get five stars


ANCAP: Jeep Wrangler gets one-star rating

One-star Wrangler has the lowest crash score of any vehicle currently on sale, due to stated body structure failures.

Ouch. That hurts


2020 BMW X1 revealed, here in Q4

Bavarian marque's smallest crossover gets design updates and a new PHEV option (due in 2020), though it misses out on OS7.0 infotainment.

New look, who dis?


JLR: Consumer confidence on the rise post-election

Certainty is always a good thing in the car market, but Jaguar says a Coalition win was the 'best result we could have hoped for' from a sales perspective.

"Not being party political here, but..."


2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale unveiled

The company's first plug-in hybrid model makes a neat 1000 metric horsepower (746kW) from its 3.9-litre V8 and three electric motors.

Hot damn that looks neat


2019 Volvo S60, V60 pricing and specs

The S60 and V60 are headed to Australia with pricing that's more Peugeot 508 than 3 Series and A4. Standard spec is generous, too.

Love a Swedish wagon


2020 Lexus RX revealed, here late in 2019

Lexus's refreshed large SUV line-up will lob later this year with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, revised looks and enhanced safety tech.

That's right, with CarPlay