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Top 5: News stories of 2019

The five news stories that really got your attention this year.
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We all finally stopped accidentally writing the date as '2018' and then, just like that, 2019 has come to an end. As the door closes on 2019 (not to mention this decade), we thought you’d like to know what news articles captivated you the most this year.

There’s some doom and gloom as we reported on the end of two icons. There’s also, however, a little bit of hope and anticipation for next year.

Here's a look at the 5 most read articles this year.


Mobile phone detection cameras set to roll out across Australia, here’s everything you need to know

We’ve all been stuck at the traffic lights behind someone texting, haven’t we? The light turns green but the driver’s too busy with their phone. Well, they’d better watch out if they’re in New South Wales, with the state rolling out 35 cameras over the next four years in addition to the 10 installed this month. Other states are following suit.

World-first technology to catch drivers using phones illegally is being introduced in NSW ahead of the rest of the country


Holden Commodore future in doubt as General Motors axes its US twin

The discontinuation of the Buick Regal from the North American market was an omen the Holden Commodore’s time was up. We all know what happened next – Holden announced it was discontinuing the Commodore nameplate after four decades.

Holden says the Commodore is here to stay even though General Motors confirmed the equivalent model will be dropped in the US


Goodbye Commodore: A legend dies as Holden goes exclusive on SUVs and utes

You mightn’t have been buying them but you sure loved reading about them. Our coverage on the Holden Commodore’s axing not only received a lot of hits, it also received a barrage of comments. The overall consensus? The ZB Commodore was a fine car but ‘twas no Commodore.

Holden Commodore and Astra to be retired by the end of 2020 as sales fall and buyers move to high-riding models


2020 Isuzu D-Max unveiled: 3.0-litre lives on! More power, more safety, more tech

Isuzu’s next-generation D-Max looks set to pose a serious threat to the stalwart Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux with more power, meaner looks and a much nicer-looking interior than before. With the new D-Max and its newly related Mazda BT-50 cousin coming soon, the ute segment is about to get viciously competitive… even more so than it already is.

A power boost for the 3.0-litre engine, better off-road ability, advanced safety tech, Apple Car Play and Android Auto are the headline acts


Toyota to axe LandCruiser V8

You were all really sad to hear about Toyota’s plans not to continue offering its petrol and diesel V8 engines in the upcoming 300-Series LandCruiser. Yes, Toyota is planning on offering only six-cylinder engines in the next LandCruiser and since we reported this, Toyota’s already dropped the 4.6-litre V8 from the current 200-Series in Australia.

Next generation LandCruiser 300 Series expected to have V6 diesel and V6 petrol power – and eventually a hybrid