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WhichCar's Weekly Automotive recap: here are the stories that made headlines

By WhichCar staff, 05 Oct 2019 Car News

WhichCar's Weekly Automotive recap: here are the stories that made headlines

Feeling a little left out of the loop? Not to worry, here are the top headlines of the week revisited

If there’s one thing that can remind us of how quickly this year is ending, it’s the arrival of a sunny 27 degree day we just experienced in Melbourne – summer will be here in no time!

Unfortunately the warm weather was over just as soon as it started, with the mercury dropping to a measly 15 degrees on Friday. Can’t win ‘em all – at least it gives us a taste of things to come.

If you are in Melbourne, we hope you didn’t come into contact with this fail that brought the city’s transport system to a halt yesterday. Yes, it’s as though this truckie is trying to dethrone the infamous Montague Street bridge as the biggest threat to our nation’s heavy haulers.

Speeding motorists to be sent to the sin-bin rather than fined

But enough fails, let’s catch you up on what WhichCar has been up to this week.

We first learned that a nation whose road toll is increasing will trial giving drivers a “timeout” instead of fining them for exceeding the speed limit. Innovative, but will it work? We also recapped the fashions on the field from the 2019 Goodwood Revival, and explored whether the days of making a quick buck on classic cars are over.

Another win, one of our photographers stumbled upon a brand new SUV from Lynk & Co while on holiday in Europe – there’s nowhere in the world you can hide from WhichCar!

On the other side of the Atlantic, Arnie lent a hand to climate activist Greta Thunberg’s North American mission by supplying her with a zero emissions Tesla Model 3 to travel around in, Toyota USA went retro with its Heritage Edition Land Cruiser and we told the story of Australia’s role in creating the Land Cruiser legend.

How Australia shaped the legendary Toyota LandCruiser

In our own locale, we set a blisteringly quick 0-100 time for the Lotus Exige, put a high-riding Lamborghini Urus and more conventiconventional Huracan Evoonal Huracan Evo through their paces, compared a pair of Godzillas and had a date with the Demon killer, the Hennessey Exorcist.

It wasn’t all performance cars though; we spent time in Holden’s Acadia LT, had a run in Audi’s diesel-powered S4, tested the 2020 Hyundai i30 range, enjoyed our first spin in its Veloster counterpart and experienced the newly-updated Peugeot 308 GT.

Lotus Exige Sport 410 acceleration performance test feature

It was a busy week in terms of reveals too: WhichCar covered off the new BMW X5 M and X6 M twins, Toby Price lent his name to a Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota added a hybrid powertrain to the facelifted its C-HR, Mazda revealed its race-ready Mazda3 TCR, Chevrolet dropped the top on its new Corvette and Porsche celebrated 10 years of the Panamera.

Leading into the weekend, we took a look at 20 of the weirdest car names (we would have loved to be a fly on the wall during product planning) and of course, we fired a new quiz at our readers to test whether they’ve been paying attention.

Top 20 weirdest car names

To keep in touch over the weekend, make sure you follow the WhichCar and 4x4 Australia Facebook page, the Wheels and MOTOR Instagram accounts and Street Machine’s amazing YouTube channel.

Have a nice weekend, stay safe and we’ll see you on the other side!