Lockdown easing delayed in England until 19 July

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The easing of lockdown restrictions in England will be delayed until 19 July due to rising cases, the prime minister has said.
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Knight Frank shopping centre veteran poached by Green & Partners

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Green & Partners has expanded its agency team by hiring Rowen Grandison.
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2022 Lexus NX debuts, Tesla Model S Plaid sets speed record, Maserati teases EV: What's New @ The Car Connection

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2022 Lexus NX preview The 2022 Lexus NX is a five-seat crossover SUV that’s been revamped for the new model year with a dramatic shape, a plug-in hybrid edition, and massive touchscreen-driven infotainment. GM's recall of 2021 full-size SUVs, cars can be fixed with over-the-air update Flawed airbag lights force automaker to recall its most...
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Croydon's 69 Park Lane looks for occupiers following refurb

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Nearly 20,000 sq ft of new office space has hit the market at 69 Park Lane in Croydon.
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Clothing rental pop-up opens up in Carnaby

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Shaftesbury has signed premium womenswear rental pop-up Rotaro at 45 Carnaby Street.
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CBRE instructed to sell portfolio of eight pubs

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Aviva Investors has mandated agents to sell a portfolio of eight pubs let to Marston’s.
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GM's recall of 2021 full-size SUVs, cars can be fixed with over-the-air update

The Car Connection News Feed - 6 hours 35 min ago
General Motors will be recalling 282,429 new vehicles across its four brands, the NHTSA disclosed Monday. In the 2021 vehicles, the airbag malfunction light may not illuminate to warn drivers that there is an issue with the deployment of the airbag in case of a crash. Faulty deployment of the airbag can increase the risk of injury in a crash. The...
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GRAHAM to build Bermondsey student block

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Student Urban Living Bermondsey has mandated GRAHAM to build a £13m student accommodation block in Bermondsey Spa Gardens, Southwark, south-east London.
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Latin American restaurant concept makes UK debut in London

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Latin American restaurant concept Sucre has secured a deal to open its first restaurant in the UK.
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The Seafood Bar secures first UK site

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Family-run Dutch restaurant group The Seafood Bar has signed for a flagship restaurant in Soho.
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PE group looks to sell off Wickes portfolio

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Private equity investor Investra Capital is offloading a portfolio of five Wickes DIY stores, Property Week can reveal.
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Blend Network funds largest project to date

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 10 min ago
Lender Blend Network has funded its largest project to date in Dorset.
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Revolution Bars banks on share placing to slash debt pile

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 33 min ago
Revolution Bars is set to raise £21m through a share placing, which it hopes will cut its debt pile.
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Chancerygate appoints former St Modwen director to run new Bristol office

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Chancerygate is set to open an office in Bristol as the industrial developer and asset manager seeks to further grow its activity throughout the South West and into South Wales.
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CBRE appoints former Blackrock director as consultant

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CBRE has appointed Marcus Sperber, the former head of global real estate at Blackrock, as a consultant.
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Oaknorth lends £50m to Brigid for retirement assets

Property Week News Feed - 12 hours 59 min ago
Oaknorth Bank has provided a £50m loan to Brigid Investments to support the acquisition of approximately 250 newly built and fully occupied rental retirement properties across the UK.
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Zorin enters North East England market

Property Week News Feed - 13 hours 51 min ago
Zorin Finance has made its first investment in the North East of England following an £11m loan to a local developer.
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Unplugged Performance Reveals Insane Model S Plaid Pikes Peak Racer

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 23:56

On June 10, 2021, Elon Musk formally kicked off deliveries of the 1,020-hp Tesla Model S Plaid. Approximately two days later, on June 12, Unplugged Performance debuted its race-prepped Model S Plaid that’s set to compete at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (with our resident pro racing driver, Randy Pobst, behind the wheel). You might remember that at last year’s race Pobst had a little moment and unexpectedly flew the Unplugged Performance Model 3 off the course. In a feat of determination, the Unplugged Performance team rebuilt the car overnight, and Pobst placed second in the exhibition class—and in a car with only half its horsepower!

What Is It?

Unplugged Performance’s Plaid racecar uses the stock powertrain from the top-line Model S. The interior is almost completely stripped out. After ditching items such as the car’s airbags, a center console, and door panels, Unplugged Performance fit this tri-motor Tesla with a roll cage and a racing seat with six-point racing belts. The body is stock except for a huge front splitter and a gigantic adjustable rear wing. Likewise, the Plaid racer retains its factory air springs, however, it employs custom Unplugged Performance/Bilstein dampers and a three-way adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The car rides on Yokohama Advan slicks on custom forged aluminum wheels. The so-called Pikes Plaid retains its stock brake calipers but subs in Unplugged Performance/PFC rotors. Air jacks? Yes ma’am. This thing is a real race car. Before the car gets to Colorado, the company intends to fit its front end with a set of fully adjustable upper controls arms, adjustable rear camber arms, and high-performance brake pads.

Unplugged Performance pulled the covers off of its Pikes Plaid racer at the third annual Hypercar Invitational happening at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. The company finished the vehicle at 3:00 am on June 11, loaded it on a trailer, and then drove it straight to the track. In other words, the first time the completed car was ever driven was when it rolled straight out of its garage at Laguna Seca and onto the track’s racing surface—just the way it should be. Pikes Plaid is in full shake-down mode for the next two days. Pobst was able to silently pass several Lamborghinis, Porsches, and McLarens, before shattering the splitter on his second lap of the day.

What Is Unplugged Performance?

Founded by Ben Schaffer in 2000 to customize Japanese cars (Ben was even an extra in The Fast and The Furious), Unplugged Performance moved into a building next to Tesla’s Hawthorne design studio in 2013—right next to SpaceX. Through that physical connection, Unplugged Performance began talking to Tesla about modifying automaker’s EVs for enthusiasts. After falling in love with EVs as performance cars, Unplugged performance quickly began building race cars, and in 2020 it brought a tuned Tesla Model 3 to Pikes Peak. The difference between last year’s Model 3 and this year’s Plaid?

“Power is the big one. This is more than four times the power we ended up racing last year. Unintentionally so,” Schaffer said. Obviously, the Model S is heavier than the Model 3, however, “the battery pack and the cooling systems are much better.”

Illustrating this point, Schaffer points out that as the state of charge decreased in the Model 3, “the power would go down in ratio to some degree.” The same does not hold true for the Unplugged Performance’s Pikes Plaid racer. At one point Pobst rolled into the pits at Laguna Seca with 34 percent charge remaining, only to announce the car feels as quick as it does with a full charge. “That’s a big difference.”

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2022 Lexus NX

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 04:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Lexus NX? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lexus NX is a five-seat crossover SUV that’s been revamped for the new model year with a dramatic shape, a plug-in hybrid edition, and massive touchscreen-driven infotainment. It’s a competitor for cars like the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Cadillac XT4. Is the...
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Spec Check: 2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 20:25

Considering the compact 2022 Ford Maverick and midsize 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks are in two different classes, this breakdown of the specifications is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. What these Ford and Honda trucks share in common, however, are construction methods. Rather than traditional body-on-frame construction, the Maverick and Ridgeline both rest on car-like unibody bones. We already compared the Maverick to Hyundai’s Santa Cruz, and now it’s the Ridgeline’s turn to step into the ring.

Ford Maverick vs. Honda Ridgeline: Overall Utility

Let’s start with some basic figures. The Ford Maverick is 199.7 inches long and has a 121.1-inch wheelbase; its estimated curb weight is between 3,550 to 3,750 pounds. The Maverick’s versatile FlexBed is 4.5 feet long, although it expands to 6.0 feet with the tailgate down. In contrast, the Honda Ridgeline has an overall length of 210.2 inches and rests on a 125.2-inch wheelbase. We weighed a Ridgeline Sport with the available HPD kit at 4,444 pounds. Moreover, the Ridgeline’s bed measures around 5.0 feet in length, which expands to almost 7.0 feet with the tailgate down.

The Ridgeline offers 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space (not counting the 7.3 cubic feet in its lockable, under-bed storage box), whereas the Maverick sports 33.3 cubic feet. Passenger volume for the Maverick checks in at 100.3 cubic feet, while the Ridgeline offers a maximum of 109.7 cubic feet.

Ford Maverick vs. Honda Ridgeline: Performance and Efficiency

The Ridgeline relies on a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque for motivation. All-wheel-drive is standard, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Maverick, meanwhile, is available with two powertrains. The base gasoline-electric hybrid unit relies on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a pair of electric motors to push 191-hp to the front wheels. A 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is available, too. The more powerful option comes standard with front-wheel drive, however, all-wheel-drive is available.

Efficiency-wise, the Ridgeline sips fuel at a rate of 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined, per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s yet to release fuel economy figures for the Maverick, however, Ford estimates the compact pickup will return figures 40/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with its hybrid powertrain. The automaker remains mum on fuel economy estimates for the turbocharged truck.

Ford Maverick vs. Honda Ridgeline: Towing and Payload Capacity

When equipped with the optional 4K Tow package, the Maverick can tow up to a maximum of 4,000 pounds. Payload capacity, meanwhile, stands at a maximum of 1,500 pounds. Avoid the tow package, and the little Ford tows a maximum of 2,000 pounds. The Ridgeline, meanwhile, offers maximum payload and towing capacities of 1,583 pounds and 5,000 pounds, respectively.

While front-drive Mavericks sport 8.3 inches of ground clearance, AWD models welcome an additional 0.3 inch of ground clearance for a total of 8.6 inches. Approach, breakover, and departure angles for the FWD Maverick are 20.6, 16.6, and 21.9 degrees for the front-drive Maverick, respectively. Adding AWD raises those figures to 21.6, 18.1, and 21.2 degrees. Honda’s Ridgeline offers 7.6 inches of ground clearance, while its approach, breakover, and departure angles come in at 20.4, 19.6, and 19.6 degrees. If off-roading is key to your unibody truck purchase, the Ford seems to be the better bet—at least on paper.

Ford Maverick vs. Honda Ridgeline: Pricing

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline starts at $37,665. Opt for the optional HPD appearance package and the entry-level Ridgeline Sport’s price rises by $2,800. Honda’s midsize pickup truck is available in three additional trim levels, too: RTL, RTL-E, and top-of-the-line Black Edition.

In Ford’s corner, the 2022 Ford Maverick XL will start at just $21,490 and is available in two higher variants: XLT and Lariat, both of which are available with an optional FX4 off-road package when equipped with AWD and the turbocharged engine. The trail-ready kit includes the likes of 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, additional underbody protection, and more.

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