The week's top news stories: February 2, 2020

Here's what made news over the last seven days in motoring.
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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.

Kia Stonic: Australian launch confirmed for late 2020

Fourth quarter launch locked in for a much-needed sub-Seltos offering in the Kia SUV family.

Another day, another SUV

2020 Audi Q3 Sportback pricing and specs

Audi's second new compact SUV, a sportier-styled twin to the new Q3, is on its way to rival the BMW X2.

Sharp looker, but is it sharply priced?

2020 Volkswagen Passat pricing and specs

Whittled down to one model grade, the Passat returns with a more powerful engine and new technology.

Arriving this month in solitary 140TSI Business form

2021 Kia Sorento spied without disguise, Australian debut later this year

These new shots offer an unadulterated look at the big new SUV's front and rear styling, along with a revealing look at its dashboard and front seating row.

Just weeks out from its expected unveiling

Alpine A110 Sportsx concept revealed

Rally-inspired vehicle has pumped wheel arches and taller suspension, but looks destined to be a one-off.

Be still our beating hearts

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift leaked undisguised

New grille and tail-light designs seen on updated sedan will likely appear on the next-generation C- and S-Class models too.

New tail, who dis?

Lotus Evora GT410 revealed, Australian plans unclear

Lotus has added to its ever-expanding range of sports cars – but the new Evora isn't a special edition.

It's a softer series model

Owners of high-status cars more likely to be 'self-centred men', study finds

Audi, BMW and Mercedes were found to be popular brands amongst 'argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic' people.

In other news, water is wet

Tesla Model Y production has begun months early

New crossover could be in driveways earlier than expected, and will feature improved range for AWD variants too.

That's right, Tesla is running ahead of time

2020 Mazda CX-30 scores five stars in ANCAP testing

The new Mazda CX-30, essentially a Mazda 3 on stilts, has achieved top marks in crash tests.

Five stars