2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE first drive review: Bellwether luxury crossover SUV

The Car Connection News Feed - 2 hours 49 min ago
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class that I rushed through a washed-out road on a steamy October afternoon didn’t seem to mind that when it rains in Central Texas, it pours. For Mercedes-Benz, the GLE has become a beacon of stability. It’s a middle child in a lineup of crossover SUVs stretching from around $35,000 for the GLA-Class to...
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2019 Ram 1500 North Edition Arrives to Beat Winter

Motortrend News Feed - 2 hours 55 min ago

Ram is introducing a special edition truck aimed at cold climate dwellers. The 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition bundles together equipment that makes it easier to drive in the snow and will keep customers warm for the rest of the winter.

First off, the truck receives a 1-inch factory lift, engine block heater, and a 4×4 transfer case. Crucially, the truck also comes with three-peak mountain snowflake on/off-road Falken LT tires rated for severe snow service. The truck’s electronic locking rear differential should also help maintain traction in the snow.

Inside, you’ll find heated seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as Mopar all-weather floor mats. A monochromatic appearance package is standard with body-color bumpers, door handles, mirrors, and grille. Other goodies include front and rear parking sensors, 12-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar, heated and folding mirrors, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather, and remote start.

The North Edition is based off the Big Horn model, which is one step up from the base Tradesman. It comes in Crew Cab 4×4 configuration, paired with either a short bed or long bed. Available engines include the eTorque 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

The Ram 1500 North Edition is now on sale starting at $47,585.

Source: FCA

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Owner of Toys R Us stores faces prospect of administration

Property Week News Feed - 3 hours 58 min ago
CBRE Loan Services, the special servicer appointed to a £263m CMBS loan secured against a portfolio of former Toys R Us stores, is looking to appoint Smith & Williamson as administrator to the owner of the properties, Toys R Us Properties (UK) Ltd.
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Mini Confirms John Cooper Works GP for Production

Motortrend News Feed - 4 hours 47 min ago

Last year, Mini showed off the John Cooper Works GP concept, a track-focused version of its Hardtop model that came with a wild aero kit, a stripped-out interior, and an integrated roll cage. Now, Mini’s confirmed that the JCW GP is headed for production and should land on dealer lots in 2020.

We don’t have any more information on suspension changes or engine upgrades, but based on what Mini did with the 2006 Mini Cooper S Works GP and the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP, expect a small power bump and a punishingly firm ride. Hopefully, Mini will release more details at the upcoming Los Angeles auto show.

Mini said it also plans to feature the John Cooper Works Knights Edition at its booth. To turn the John Cooper Works Hardtop into the Knights Edition, Mini added the optional exhaust and chrome tips. It then gave the car a black and silver appearance package with red stripes. We don’t have pricing info at the moment, but Mini says the Knights Edition will go on sale early next year.

Mini will also have three other special editions at the show. The Yin Yang Edition is a Cooper S Countryman with black-on-white paint and all-weather luggage and floor mats. The Starlight Edition is a Cooper S Clubman with a blue-on-silver design that comes with a Mini-branded luggage cart. Finally, the International Orange Edition starts life as a John Cooper Works Hardtop and gets orange paint, 18-inch wheels, a dual-mode exhaust, and several black or carbon-fiber accents.

Source: Mini

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Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept Previews Racing Version of SUV

Motortrend News Feed - 6 hours 11 min ago

Just when we were getting used to the idea of a $200,000 SUV, Lamborghini has thrown us another curveball. It’s preparing a racing version of the Urus that will hit the track in 2020.

For now, the Lamborghini Urus ST-X concept gives us a taste of the upcoming track variant. This model debuted at the 2018 Lamborghini World finals, featuring a bold rear wing and side-exit exhausts in a hexagonal design, as well as 21-inch center-locking aluminum alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Lamborghini says the race car is 25 percent lighter than the standard production Urus, and it’s capable on both on- and off-road circuits.

Output remains 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. But larger air intakes optimize cooling of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. Other updates support safety, including a steel roll cage, fire suppression system, and FT3 fuel tank. Topping it all off is a Verde Mantis paint job and an exposed carbon fiber hood.

The Urus ST-X will race in a single-make championship on FIA-approved circuits in Europe and the Middle East. These events will begin in 2020, Lamborghini says in a statement. The races will take on an “arrive and drive” formula offering customers car and technical support during the race weekend.

Source: Lamborghini

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IBM exec Rishi joins JLL to lead Americas Corporate Solutions

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 25 min ago
JLL has continued its move towards a technology focus with the appointment of former IBM executive Sanjay Rishi as chief executive officer for its Americas Corporate Solutions business.
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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid priced at $35,970 ahead of LA auto show debut

The Car Connection News Feed - 7 hours 35 min ago
Subaru's first plug-in hybrid has a price tag. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $35,970 (including a $995 destination fee) when it goes on sale. The brand said Monday that the Crosstrek Hybrid will make its formal debut at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show in a week. The powertrain combines Subaru's 2.0-liter flat-4 engine and all-wheel drive...
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Scotland’s Livingston Designer Outlet secures string of lettings

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 36 min ago
Fashion and lifestyle brands Reiss, GUESS, Under Armour and Kids Around have signed lettings at Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland’s largest outlet.
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Arora Group acquires Buckinghamshire Golf Club and expands into luxury leisure

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 4 min ago
Arora Hotels has acquired the Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham for an undisclosed sum.
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Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator SUVs recalled over second-row seat fastener

The Car Connection News Feed - 8 hours 5 min ago
Ford has issued a new recall for the 2018 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs over a missing J-channel reinforcement bracket. Without the fastener, the second-row seats may not be restrained in the event of a crash. The automaker announced the recall last Friday, which affects 38,000 Expedition and Navigator models total in the United...
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2019 Nissan Kicks, 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - 8 hours 20 min ago
2019 Nissan Kicks price punted to $19,535 The 2019 Nissan Kicks will cost $19,535 when it goes on sale soon, which reflects a $570 price bump over last year's price. The 2019 price includes a $995 destination fee and Nissan said Monday that 2019 Juke models should arrive in dealers soon. 2019 Toyota RAV4 first drive review: Reaching new heights...
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2019 Nissan Kicks price punted to $19,535

The Car Connection News Feed - 10 hours 11 min ago
The 2019 Nissan Kicks will cost $19,535 when it goes on sale soon, which reflects a $570 price bump over last year's price. The 2019 price includes a $995 destination fee and Nissan said Monday that 2019 Juke models should arrive in dealers soon. Nissan's Kicks replaced the Juke earlier this year as Nissan's smallest crossover. The base price will...
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Arcadia wants to "substantially" cut store estate

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 19 min ago
Sir Philip Green wants to reduce the size of his Arcadia fashion empire “substantially”, but the time until lease expiry on many stores is impeding progress, Property Week can reveal.
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Mesut Ozil's coffee chain scores new London location from Carphone Warehouse

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 34 min ago
39 Steps Coffee Haus, the specialist coffee chain part owned by Arsenal’s World Cup winning footballer Mesut Ozil, has secured a third London location by taking over a lease from Carphone Warehouse.
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Camden Council invests in extra-care resi

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 52 min ago
Regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a development agreement with Camden Council to build an extra-care facility valued at £12.6m and redevelop its existing Charlie Ratchford resource centre.
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Karbon homes issues £250m bonds

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 3 min ago
Karbon Homes, a North-England focused housing association, has issued £250m of bonds in its first offering.
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Co-op to invest £50m in social housing

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 11 min ago
The Co-op’s pension fund will invest up to £50m in to the social housing market over the next year and has appointed PGIM Real Estate to manage the portfolio.
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‘Toxic’ planning deregulation is making people worse off, Raynsford report finds

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 16 min ago
Planning deregulation is increasing inequality according to the final draft of former Labour housing minister Nick Raynsford’s review of the English planning system.
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Dentons partner takes reins at PLA

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 19 min ago
Bryan Johnston, partner at law firm Dentons, has been named the new chair of the Property Litigation Association.
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THB Group to take 35,000 sq ft at Twentytwo Bishopsgate

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 23 min ago
Insurer THB Group is set to be the next occupier to sign up at Twentytwo Bishopsgate having entered exclusive negotiations to rent 35,000 sq ft of space in the AXA IM-managed tower over one and a half floors.
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