The week's top news stories: August 25, 2019

Nissan says happy birthday, BMW lowers the cost of entry to the X5, and a classic Aston goes under the hammer.
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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.

No Mr. Bond, I expect you to sell: Thunderball DB5 goes under the hammer

A classic Aston Martin with some serious film provenance was sold by RM Sotheby's this weekend.

Cue the music

2020 BMW X5 pricing and specs

New entry-level variant brings starting price below $100k, while new factory tow hitch offers up to 3.5-tonne towing capacity for $2500.

More variants, lower prices

The best and worst car brands for servicing: 2019 JD Power report

Japanese brands once again top the charts, as Holden and Ford lag behind the industry's best.

Mazda is number one again

2020 Audi RS6 revealed, here next year

All-new super wagon gets mild-hybrid V8 with 441kW and 800Nm, good for a 3.6-second dash to 100km/h.

It's fast, folks

2020 Lexus ES300h gains F Sport model, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The large luxury sedan will get a sportier look and interior, along with smartphone mirroring tech in October.

Sportier, but with the same engine

Hyundai i30 N Project C teased

A hotter, lighter Hyundai i30 N is coming to the Frankfurt motor show this year wearing some performance parts we've previously seen teased.

Lighter, meaner

Volkswagen Amarok V6 manual here in December

Along with the three-pedal Amarok, there are two new dual-cab utes being added to the range.

Enthusiast spec

2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS pricing and specs

Brand's first RS-badged SUV lobs down under with bi-turbo diesel power from $65,990 plus on-road costs.


2020 Nissan 370Z pricing and specs

The 370Z's price tag remains unchanged going into 2020, though the range has gained a special 50th Anniversary trim.

Sports car stalwart

2020 Nissan GT-R pricing and specs

Nissan is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the GT-R nameplate with a special edition and a minor refresh.

The big five-oh!