The week's top news stories: June 9, 2019

The AMG A45 will be a weapon, VFACTS is in, and plenty more in this week's news wrap.
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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.

Tesla Model X joins Victorian Highway Patrol fleet

Victoria is among a select group of jurisdictions in the world using a pure-electric service vehicle, although it's a one-off for now.


2019 Hyundai Kona Hybrid revealed, 'under review' for Australia

The SUV shares its powertrain with the Ioniq Hybrid, and debuts some new tech likely to show up in a mid-life refresh for the standard Kona.

Looks sharp, but we mightn't get it

FCA withdraws Renault merger proposal

The American-Italian group will not continue to pursue a partnership with the French manufacturer, citing 'political conditions' as the main barrier.

Killing hopes of an American-Italian-French group

2019 BMW M8 unveiled

BMW M's new 'Porsche Turbo killer' is finally here, and it looks properly mean. We're waiting for local timing, but expect only to see the Competition in Australia.

Fast, mean

VFACTS: May 2019 new car sales figures

Car dealers are reporting a sales recovery since last month's Federal Election, but Australian new car registrations continued to decline in May, the 14th consecutive month of sales slowdown.

Are better times on the horizon?

Mazda confirms Skyactiv-X outputs

The brand's new high-tech petrol engine will be down on power compared to the current 2.5-litre engine, but promises to sip at fuel, not swig.

Enough grunt for your tastes?

GMA T.50: McLaren F1 successor coming

With power from a Cosworth V12, a manual transmission and a central driving position, the T.50 is shaping as something truly special.

Get excited!

Toyota and Subaru to develop joint EV platform

The two automakers, which have previously collaborated on compact four-cylinder sports cars, will co-develop a C-segment crossover based on the new EV platform.

It won't be an EVBRZ, though

Mercedes-AMG makes record-breaking 310kW 2.0-litre turbo

New Mercedes-AMG A45 and siblings to get world-beating 500Nm 2.0 turbo with ‘normally aspirated engine’ revving characteristics

That's a lot of go for a little engine