The week's top news stories: August 11, 2019

VFACTS and Takata headline what's been a big week in automotive 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.

VFACTS: New vehicle sales for July 2019

Market slump continues for a 16th straight month, though SUVs buck the trend. Ditto Kia, Subaru, Skoda, and brands out of China

But Toyota is still the number 1 brand by some margin

Takata: 600,000 potentially deadly airbags still on the road

New details from the ACCC have revealed 3.2 million faulty Takata airbag inflators have been changed in Australia, but 600,000 are still out there.

Get your airbags checked

Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar pricing and specs

Sweden's hotted-up mid-sizer is coming for the BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 with hybrid power.

Would you go Swedish?

VFACTS: Chinese brands continue to rise

Great Wall, Haval, MG and LDV all continue solid growth in a slowing market.

Strong sales, tough market

2019 BMW 840i pricing and specs

BMW has lowered the price of entry on its 8 Series line-up, bringing a turbocharged inline-six to the table.

'Entry level'

Human Horizons HiPhi 1 gull-winged EV revealed, we talk to Mark Stanton

Another Chinese EV startup, and with a very silly name, but one with some serious engineering talent behind it.

There is no shortage of Chinese EV startups to keep us amused

Takata: Brands with lower completion rates still on track with mandatory recall

The Australian car industry is almost 80 per cent through its Takata airbag recall, but there are few brands with completion rates behind that figure.

Mercedes-Benz has the lowest completion rate

2019 Audi A5 pricing and specs

The A5 has been given a minor equipment upgrade for MY20, with more standard kit on the range-topping 45 TFSI quattro.

More kit, less cash

Tesla brings back free Supercharging for Model X and S

Free access to the Tesla network of ultra-fast chargers has been brought back for its two biggest cars.

It's back

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe pricing and specs

New four-door flagship due in the fourth quarter of 2019 priced from $199,900 before on-road costs.

More doors, more cash