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Vastint secures space for Courtyard by Marriott hotel

Property Week News Feed - 2 hours 56 min ago
Vastint has exchanged contracts with Muse Developments to deliver a 168-bedroom Courtyard by Marriott hotel as part of the City Place development in Chester.
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​Dates for Elephant & Castle shopping centre judicial review confirmed

Property Week News Feed - 3 hours 12 sec ago
The judicial review of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre redevelopment plans initially due to start on 17 July has been postponed to  22 and 23 October.
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ProPilot 2.0 makes its debut, Jag confirms new crossover, VW wants to help cars better listen: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - 3 hours 1 min ago
Nissan ProPilot 2.0 driver assistance debuts in Japan, but won't be in the US for a while Nissan in Japan debuted the latest generation of ProPilot Assist, but it's not likely to arrive Stateside for a while. King of the garage: Cadillac's app can help find open parking spots A new in-car app for Cadillacs can help drivers find and pay for parking...
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Imagine a world without stoplights; IIHS says roundabouts may be safer than intersections

The Car Connection News Feed - 4 hours 1 min ago
Roundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries, whatever they're called, the IIHS has delivered good news: they may create safer roads for drivers. A new study from the insurance industry-funded safety group found roundabouts not only helped reduce crashes in areas that would typically employ a traditional intersection but also they nearly eliminate the...
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King of the garage: Cadillac's app can help find open parking spots

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 1 min ago
Cadillac owners can now find parking and pay for a spot even before they arrive. General Motors' luxury brand said Friday that ParkWhiz will be availalbe in the Cadillac Marketplace in-car app system. Marketplace provides owners a digital mall of apps to order food, reserve tables, and now pay for parking ahead of time. Cadillac's app follows...
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Nissan ProPilot 2.0 driver assistance debuts in Japan, but won't be in the US for a while

The Car Connection News Feed - 6 hours 1 min ago
Nissan's ProPilot driver assistance system received a few notable upgrades in Japan, though it may be some time before the system is ready for a road trip in the U.S. According to an Automotive News (subscription required), the Japanese automaker needs to do quite a bit of work before ProPilot 2.0 can tackle U.S. highways. In current cars in the...
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flatfair teams up with CBRE to offer no-deposit lettings

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 5 min ago
Payment technology firm flatfair has been selected by CBRE’s UK residential lettings business to bring deposit-free renting to their landlords and tenants.
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Moises Gertner loses High Court battle

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 50 min ago
Former property tycoon Moises Gertner has lost a High Court battle to avoid backruptcy.
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Hammerson appoints US retail veteran as non-executive director

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 38 min ago
Hammerson has appointed US retail REIT veteran Adam Metz as a non-executive director.
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Fusion Student plans overseas expansion ahead of Brexit

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 53 min ago
Student accommodation provider Fusion Students is preparing to expand overseas to combat a possible drop in student volume following Brexit.
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BT confirms new City of London headquarters

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 54 min ago
BT has confirmed its relocation to Aldgate Developments’ One Braham following the sale of its existing London headquarters to Orion Capital Managers.
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Blackstone raises $8.4bn in first close for European fund

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 54 min ago
Blackstone has held an $8.4bn first close for its latest European property fund – Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe VI.
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Fire engulfs Walthamstow Mall

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 14 min ago
Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters are tackling a fire at The Mall shopping centre on Selborne Walk in Walthamstow.
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Hammerson secures interactive LEGO stores

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 22 min ago
LEGO will open two new stores in Hammerson’s flagship shopping centres ahead of this year’s Christmas shopping season.
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Madison acquires 5% stake in Sigma Prime

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 30 min ago
New York-based Madison International Realty has acquired a 5% stake in Signa Prime Selection.
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LXi secures £100m loan

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 54 min ago
LXi REIT has agreed a new £100m revolving credit facility to gear the net proceeds of the company’s recent equity raise.
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Review update: The 2020 Kia Telluride is how you change brand perceptions

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:00
This isn’t the Kia you grew up with. The 2020 Kia Telluride is the final phase of the Korean automaker’s metamorphosis. The Stinger fastback grabbed our attention, but it’s the three-row Telluride crossover SUV that will grab our money. With a TCC Rating of 7.0 the 2020 Kia Telluride hits big with chic design, spacious interior...
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs. Ford GT: A Specs Comparison

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 00:34

It took 50 years, but Chevrolet has finally introduced the mid-engine Corvette. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray promises to be the quickest, most powerful Corvette yet, but how does it compare to Ford’s halo car, the GT? Can this bargain supercar keep pace? Keep reading to learn how these two very different mid-engine cars stack up.

Interested in the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette? See our comprehensive coverage HERE.

Power

The GT delivers 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, well ahead of the base Corvette Stingray’s 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. That’s a huge gap, but Chevy will undoubtedly release more powerful variants of the Corvette (perhaps a Z06 or ZR1), so expect the match-up to be closer once that happens. Whereas Ford uses a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, Chevy relies on its tried-and-true naturally aspirated 6.2-liter push-rod V-8. Chevy says this output is enough to propel the mid-engine Corvette to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, but we’ll have to test that number for ourselves. When we took the Ford GT to the track, we managed to hit 60 mph in 3 seconds flat.

Switching gears (and drive modes)

Unfortunately, you can’t get a manual transmission on either car. The Corvette routes power through an eight-speed dual-clutch, while the GT has a seven-speed dual clutch. On both cars, the gears are electronically selected, with the Corvette featuring a push-button shifter and the GT having a rotary knob setup.

Both cars also offer multiple drive modes. On the Corvette, these include Weather, Tour, Sport, Track, and MyMode and ZMode (driver-configurable modes for street and track use, respectively). The GT has Normal, Wet, Sport, Track, and V-Max (for maximizing straight-line speed). Both models feature launch control.

Cargo volume

The previous-generation Corvette stood out for its reasonably large trunk measuring 15 cubic feet. The new model splits the storage space between a frunk and a traditional rear trunk, which combine to offer 12.6 cubic feet. Though that number is down slightly from the C7, it’s still way more than the meager 0.4 cubic foot of space you get with the GT.

Brakes and Wheels

The 2020 Corvette Stingray does not boast carbon ceramic brakes like the GT. On the ‘Vette, you’ll find front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece front calipers and four-piston monobloc rear calipers. With the Z51 performance package, there are E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers at the front and rear. The GT gets Brembo six-piston fixed aluminum calipers up front and Brembo four-piston fixed aluminum calipers at the rear. The Corvette sports 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch wheels in the back, while all four of the GT’s wheels are 20-inchers.

Customization and interior

On its configurator, Ford offers eight different exterior color options for the GT, plus seven different stripe colors as well as carbon-fiber trim options. Ford has offered unique Heritage Edition models with unique looks. There are also four interior color schemes to pick from. The Corvette has 12 exterior colors (hello, bronze!), six interior color themes, six seat belt colors, and two optional stitch packages. Both models feature minimalist, driver-focused interiors with a flat-bottom steering wheel, large digital instrument display, and carbon-fiber trim. Uniquely, the Corvette has a strip of 20 buttons on its high-rising center console separating the driver’s side from the passenger side.

Exterior dimensions and weight

 

It may not be immediately apparent from the photos, but the GT is longer (187.5 inches in length compared to 182.3 inches for the Corvette). The Corvette has a longer wheelbase at 107.2 inches versus 106.7 inches. The GT is the lighter supercar, with a dry weight of 3,054 pounds compared to 3,366 pounds for the Corvette. We weighed in a GT at 3,354 pounds with fluids and a driver.

Price and availability

If you haven’t noticed, the Ford GT surpasses the C8 Corvette in just about every on-paper spec. But that’s no surprise, given the half million dollar price tag on this exclusive supercar. At the Corvette reveal, Chevrolet took us by surprise with the announcement the Stingray will start below $60,000, although it’s unclear at this point if that includes destination and delivery fees. We imagine that the car, which goes on sale early next year, will be available with numerous options that will drive that base price up pretty quickly. Still, the C8 will continue to offer a big bang for your buck.

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 21:36

By now, we’ve all read the specs, seen the pictures, toured the interior, and rummaged through the customization options on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Now that we’ve examined the new sports car from every angle, it’s time to consider how the Corvette’s design has evolved from its predecessor. Moving into its eighth generation, the Corvette Stingray gets a completely new look that reflects its shift from a front-engine to a mid-engine car. But does the new look work? Let’s examine the styling changes below.

Corvette designers achieved a bolder look up front with a wider lower grille. Overall, you’ll find sharper lines, from the grille to the hood creases, and even the headlights, which are more stretched out and angular, coming to a sharp point at either end. Compared to the C7 Corvette, the headlights on the new model don’t bulge out as much from atop the hood. Also, you won’t find a hood vent on the new Corvette Stingray.

When viewing the Corvette from its side profile, the move from front- to mid-engine is abundantly clear. As you can see, the Corvette loses its cab-rearward design now that the engine is behind the passenger cabin. In fact, the driver has been pushed forward 16.5 inches compared to the C7 Corvette as a result of the new mid-engine layout. This gives it the well-balanced proportions we’ve seen on supercars like the Ford GT, Ferrari 488, and Audi R8. A large diagonal side vent is a key new design feature, accentuating the Corvette’s prominent hips. The new Corvette is 5.4 inches longer than its C7 predecessor, with a wheelbase that is half an inch wider. Height has dropped by 0.2 inch.

The boxy rear end was a point of contention when the C7 Corvette debuted several years ago, but fortunately, the look has changed with the C8. Now a little more sculpted, the rear features a low-slung look and bold vents just below the taillights. Speaking of those taillights, they represent an evolution of the previous Corvette’s design, with the dual light signatures taking on a new C-shape. Instead of four tailpipes all clustered together on the bottom, there are now twin tailpipes at either side.

We were satisfied with the C7 Corvette’s interior when it was new, but we’re glad the C8 Corvette takes it up a notch further with higher-quality materials and more personalization options. Six interior color themes are available, as well as six seat belt colors and two optional stitch packages. There are also three seat options with different materials and bolstering. The touchscreen is now canted toward the driver and sits close to the digital instrument display. Instead of a traditional gear stalk that the C7 model had, the new Corvette introduces a push-button shifter. And controversially, it has a long row of 20 buttons on the center console separating the driver from the passenger. Keep in mind that cargo space has dropped from 15 cubic feet to 12.6 cubic feet, and that the capacity is split between a frunk and trunk.

Do you think the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is refreshing or revolting? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

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Get Your 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Video Fix Right Here!

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:49

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is easily one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, and its reveal event was a whirlwind of information and spectacle. With all the content we put out on the C8 yesterday, you’d be forgiven if you missed any of our exclusive video coverage. But don’t worry, we’ve gathered our best videos in one place for your viewing convenience.

In this one, Head 2 Head host Jonny Lieberman takes you through the exterior styling of the mid-engine ‘Vette. Think all they had to do was move the engine? Watch the video to find out how much work went into designing the C8.

In this clip, editor-in-chief Ed Loh breaks down the 2020 Corvette’s interior layout and styling. Then, he puts Chevy’s claim that the mid-engine Corvette can fit two golf bags to the test.

Lieberman is back to go over the highlights of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s mid-mounted LT2 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. What can we learn from poking around under the C8’s “hood?” Check out the video.

In this video, we cover GM’s history of designing mid-engine Corvette prototypes, and weigh the pros and cons of moving the engine behind the driver. Find out why Chevy ultimately chose to go with a mid-engine setup for the C8.

And because everyone loves bite-size factoids, here are eight cool things about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that you can drop into casual conversation around the dinner table tonight.

And if you still want more 2020 Chevrolet Corvette  content, we’ve got you covered right HERE.

 

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