Want to stay up to date in the world of automotive news? These are the biggest stories from the past week.


Each week we’ll keep you up to speed and bring you the ‘watercooler’ information of what has happened in the world of cars and motoring with the five-biggest stories we’ve covered. Here’s what you need to know…

Renault to sell Lada for two cents

If you were shopping for a new Lada in Russia last week, you could’ve purchased a base-model Lada Granta sedan for $AU15,700 – or, for one 727,900th of the price, 68 per cent of the entire company.

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, Renault has sold its majority stake in Lada’s parent company AvtoVAZ for one ruble, or $AU0.02 – albeit a nominal sum – to a state-backed institute. Click here for the full story.



New Zealand ute sales crash as Clean Car Policy comes into force

New emissions regulations now in force in New Zealand – which penalise high-pollution vehicles, and reward buyers of those emitting little to no CO2 – have pulled the handbrake on ute and four-wheel-drive sales, sparking criticism from the automotive industry.

Tiny Chinese electric car arrives with corny name

Chinese car maker Changan has revealed the Lumin Corn, a pocket-sized electric car designed to rival General Motors’ top-selling Wuling Mini EV. Click here for the story.



Controversial Nikola electric truck goes into production – with a catch

US start-up Nikola – which has faced multiple allegations of fraud over the past 18 months – has finally revealed its first production vehicle… but it’s little more than an Iveco truck with a new electric powertrain. Click here for the full story.

Toyota HiLux SR5 set for tech upgrades

Australia’s top-selling new vehicle, the Toyota HiLux ute, is set for a round of technology upgrades later this year, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and 360-degree camera systems that will be available on the best-selling SR5. Click here for the full story.

These are the most read stories of the week. You can read all the car news covered by Drive on our news feed here.



Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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