When a special rule says “take a hit” or “take an automatic hit” is there a difference? Does “Take a hit” allow the defender to make a defence roll while “Automatic hits” do not?
They’re both the same, just space saving measures, that’s it.
So then the attacker does not need to roll to hit, but the defender still gets a defense roll?
Correct, for every hit be it rolled or auto the defender takes a safe roll. Otherwise it would be taking a wound.