2019 Acura ILX First Look: Back From Refresh Number Two

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 22:25

The Acura ILX is an automotive survivor, and it’s back for 2019 to challenge the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA. By giving the ILX its second refresh since the model went on sale back in the 2013 model year, Acura clearly still sees value in the entry luxury-sedan segment—today’s ILX buyer might trade up to an RDX tomorrow. While we wait for the possibility of a completely new ILX in a couple years, the 2019 model boasts visual changes far more in-your-face than the car’s last update in 2016.

But the 2019 Acura ILX’s updates go beyond new sheetmetal. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now offered, and it’s an important addition on a car Acura says brings in more first-time buyers to the brand than any other model. The dual-screen layout returns, with the 8.0-inch screen up top and a lower 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen that’s said to be 30 percent faster than before. Espresso is a new interior color that joins gray and black, as well as ILX A-Spec models’ eye-catching red or black interiors.

Value has always been one of Acura’s brand strengths, and the automaker hopes to continue that with the 2019 ILX’s inclusion of AcuraWatch safety tech now as standard equipment. Optional on the 2018 ILX, all 2019 models come with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. In an automatic emergency braking test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2016–2018 ILX performed well, reducing the car’s speed by 11 mph in a 12-mph test and cutting speed by 15 mph in a 25-mph test.

What Acura hasn’t changed with the 2019 ILX is the luxury sedan’s powertrain. Every ILX is still powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4 that’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and only with front-wheel drive. When we tested a 2016 ILX, we said the A-Spec model felt “athletic” and noted that although the ILX isn’t the quickest car around, “it’s still quite fun listening to the engine growl.”

Acceleration from 0 to 60 came in a Motor Trend–tested 6.8 seconds, a bit slower than a Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and all-wheel-drive variants of the Audi A3 2.0T. With the Acura’s enormous badge in the middle of a restyled front grille and a completely restyled rear fascia (with the license plate pushed down), the 2019 ILX should have no problem distinguishing itself from those German rivals as well as pre-2019 ILXs on dealer lots.

Buyers who want the boldest look will want to consider the 2019 ILX A-Spec, which offers trim-exclusive 18-inch wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, an A-Spec-badged steering wheel with contrasting stitching, aluminum pedals, and new sport seats on Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede trim in the center.

When the 2019 Acura ILX goes on sale in October, expect prices to start below $31,000. Although the ILX might still be a tough sell to those who see its overall package as not justifiable over a loaded Civic Touring sedan, the twice-updated ILX’s real test will be whether the modernized car can attract buyers who will only consider luxury brands.

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Autonomous Volvo 360c Concept Takes Aim at Domestic Air Travel

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 20:59

Volvo has revealed its 360c concept, and as we predicted, the car is an all-electric, autonomous people mover. To set its concept apart from the many other autonomous rolling living rooms we’ve seen over the years, Volvo designed the 360c to do one thing in particular: compete with commercial airlines.

The 360c won’t get you overseas, obviously, but Volvo believes its concept could pose a threat to domestic air travel, an industry it says is worth billions just in the U.S. The 360c would be targeted at short flights, trips where driving could be an option if it was more convenient or comfortable. Examples include Los Angeles to San Diego, Washington, D.C. to New York, and Houston to Dallas. Volvo thinks many people would prefer a luxurious vehicle that takes you from door to door over the hassle of going to the airport, even if it means longer travel times.

Like most autonomous vehicle concepts, the 360c adopts a tall, somewhat boxy shape to maximize interior volume. Because there’s no driver’s seat to work around, the cabin can be configured in a number of ways. Passengers enter through a wide gullwing door, which could lead to a spacious living room setup with a seat that can convert to a bed, or a mobile conference room with an interactive table and coffee maker. There’s even one rendering showing a lounge-like arrangement complete with cushy bench seats and champagne. There also appears to be a digital personal assistant built into the car, and the windows double as augmented reality displays.

If Volvo’s travel pods actually do look like this, they might steal a few customers away from airline companies. But there are many hurdles that need to be overcome before a fully autonomous vehicle like this becomes a reality. The 360c concept exists in a future where infrastructure for both autonomous cars and electric vehicle charging are sufficiently developed. We’re still many years away from that future, but Volvo sees the 360c concept as “a first yet deliberate step towards a broad discussion about the potential for autonomous driving technology to fundamentally change society in many ways.”

“When the Wright brothers took to the skies in 1903, they did not have a clue about what modern air travel would look like,” said Mårten Levenstam, Volvo’s senior vice president of corporate strategy, in a release. “We do not know what the future of autonomous drive will hold, but it will have a profound impact on how people travel, how we design our cities, and how we use infrastructure. We regard the 360c as a conversation starter, with more ideas and answers to come as we learn more.”

Source: Volvo

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Equifax makes major expansion at Leeds’ Wellington Place

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 18:11
Developer MEPC has agreed a deal with analytics firm Equifax is take a further 15,373 sq ft of office space at its Leeds city centre development Wellington Place.
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Amazon ups order for US-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 18:08
Online retail giant Amazon said Wednesday at the opening of Mercedes-Benz's new Sprinter assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, that it will order 20,000 vans for its delivery service. Amazon had initially said that it would order 4,500 Sprinter delivery vans. Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, said in...
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2019 Acura TLX

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:40
Reservation isn't just for dinner. The 2019 Acura TLX heaps on luxury features without the swagger of its rivals, but offers a lower price tag that may sway more buyers looking for understated luxury. In 2019, the Acura TLX grabs a 6.5 on our scale thanks to its comfortable ride and impressive standard features, though styling leaves a bit to be...
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Columbia Threadneedle to sell Southbank’s Courage Yard

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:21
Columbia Threadneedle has appointed JLL to sell its Courage Yard scheme in London for £89m, reflecting a net initial yield of 5%.
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CREFC Europe announces board appointments

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:15
CREFC Europe has appointed Aviva Investors’ Barry Fowler as chair, succeeding Dale Lattanzio of DRC Capital.
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Redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van to cost $34,985

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:00
Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday said that its new, U.S.-built full-size cargo and passenger vans will cost slightly less than the model they replace. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will cost $34,985 to start in cargo van configuration, $5 less than the outgoing model, but its price will climb fast thanks to the myriad options the automaker will offer...
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With 2019 Acura ILX, the starter luxury sedan finally gets sporty life it needed

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:30
The 2019 Acura ILX made its debut Wednesday, finally sporting the beak-less face, sporty A-Spec appearance package, and updated touchscreens it needs to woo back buyers. Although Acura didn't say how much the sedan would cost when it goes on sale in October, the ILX has been the most affordable car offered by the luxury automaker and among the...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:00
The all-electric 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC crossover skips past anticipation for the automaker's biggest push into zero-emissions vehicles and heads straight into integration. Kind of. The EQC is due to arrive in 2020, nearly two years behind its chief competitors. The EQC eschews a techno-heavy, futuristic look and assimilates into the automaker's...
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LSH duo boost Savills retail team in Manchester

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:59
Savills has expanded its retail team with the appointment of two new directors to its Manchester office.
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192,000 Toyota Prius hybrids recalled over fire risk

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:35
An engine wiring harness that can fray and start a fire prompted Toyota on Wednesday to recall 192,000 examples of its popular hybrid hatchback in the U.S. The recall covers 2016-2018 model year Toyota Prius hybrids. At fault is wiring that comprises the Prius' hybrid-electric system, which the automaker said can rub against a cover at one contact...
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No interest loans, Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed, Fast charging systems: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:30
Countdown to zero: Automakers dial back 0 percent interest loans after almost two decades If you’ve been counting on a zero percent interest rate to help finance your next new car, it may be time to lock in the deal before it’s too late. According to a report by Automotive News, rising benchmark rates from the Federal Reserve and a...
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Squarestone agrees £125m loan facility

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:10
Investment fund Squarestone has agreed a £125m syndicated loan facility with Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclay to fund its Squarestone Growth strategy.
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Springfield submits plans for Glasgow resi-led regeneration scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:05
Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties has unveiled plans to convert a long-disused site in Glasgow into a 237-home resi-led development.
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First occupier secured for Edinburgh’s Capital Square

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:05
BAM Properties in partnership with Hermes Investment Management has secured the first occupier for its Capital Square office development in Edinburgh.
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Aberdeen Standard Investment homes in on €120m of resi deals across Europe

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:58
Aberdeen Standard Investments has agreed two deals for its Pan-European Residential Property Fund, a total investment of €120m (£108.5m) in Paris and Vienna.
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Government ‘scraps three year tenancy plan’

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:56
The government has scrapped plans to guarantee three-year tenancies for renters, according to reports.
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SNP pledges £7bn for Scottish building projects

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:48
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined plans to invest £7bn in major building projects and create a non-domestic business rates bill as part of the Scottish government’s Programme for Scotland 2018/19.
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Apple files patents for haptic car seats, trick sunroof

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:58
It’s still unlikely that Apple, the world’s largest technology company, will come out with a full-fledged car, but recent patent-filing history has some scratching their heads regardless. iDrop News reported last week that Apple was awarded two car-related patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The two patents, which are...
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