2018 Chevrolet Suburban

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:19
With its traditional truck-based construction, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is the anti-crossover. It’s a throwback SUV capable of hauling nine passengers and their gear in comfort, all while towing a boat. If a crossover like Chevy’s own Traverse simply won’t do, the Suburban stands ready. Thanks to its excellent hauling ability...
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Best Car to Buy 2018: Previous winners

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:07
Soon, we'll crown a new winner of our annual Best Car to Buy award. It will join an elite list of vehicles we have picked over the last few years for previous iterations of the award, which we bestow on the new car that we think best meets the needs of mainstream consumers. Unlike sister sites Green Car Reports and Motor Authority, at The Car...
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2018 Acura RLX Starts at $55,865

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:00

For the new model year, Acura’s flagship receives a new exterior and interior design and standard 10-speed automatic transmission. The slightly-less-sedate 2018 Acura RLX arrives in dealerships this week starting from $55,865, up $450 from last year.

Starting prices also increased for the more powerful RLX Sport Hybrid. These models cost $62,865 compared to $60,915 from last year. However, Acura is now offering the Advance package as standard equipment. Now, Sport Hybrid customers receive a free upgraded Krell audio system with 14 speakers, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and other features. When adding in all these extras, buyers save $4,050 compared to the 2017 Sport Hybrid model equipped with the Advance package.

All RLX models feature Acura’s suite of safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, collision mitigation braking, and lane keep assist. New for 2018, Traffic Jam Assist joins the package. The feature works to keep the vehicle centered in its lane and at a set distance from the vehicle ahead.

For 2018, the RLX receives a new diamond pentagon grille that brings the flagship model in line with other new products from Acura. The automaker also redesigned the hood and wheels, also adding exposed dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser. Six new paint colors add a bit of spice to a previously mute color line, especially Brilliant Red Metallic. Inside the cabin, the RLX features a new Espresso interior color option and redesigned Milano leather seats with high-contrast stitching.

The RLX comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission replaces the old six-speed. Sport Hybrids, capable of all-wheel drive, make 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of torque thanks to a V-6 engine paired with three electric motors.

Source: Acura

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BMW recall, 2018 Nissan GT-R price cut, European charging stations: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:30
BMW recalls 1.4 million cars, SUVs over fire risk BMW is calling back about 1.4 million cars to address one of two issues that could cause them to catch fire, even when the vehicles are not being operated. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai...
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Dacres duo promoted

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:29
Dacres Commercial has promoted Fiona Bellamy to director level and Matt Brear to associate level as part of expansion for the wider Leeds-based Dacre, Son & Hartley.
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Octopus aims to grow with triple hire after record lending quarter

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:17
Specialist lender Octopus Property has made three senior hires in its development team as part of plans to target further growth following a period of record lending.
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:12
Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid walked away with a serious accolade and the vehicle safety body named it a Top Safety Pick+. The Ioniq Hybrid's IIHS scorecard shows "Good" ratings in all crash test scenarios, which include the small-overlap front, side, and roof strength tests. In...
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Swathes of Oxford Street to be traffic-free by end of 2018

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:59
Plans to pedestrianise large parts of Oxford Street as early as next year were unveiled today by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
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JLL revenues rise 19% in EMEA

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:58
JLL has reported total revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew by 19% in the third quarter.
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WeWork takes to The Stage

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:23
Flexible workspace provider WeWork has taken a 186,000 sq ft pre-let at The Stage in Shoreditch.
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PCPD could take over £6bn Meridian Water scheme

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:20
Hong Kong’s Pacific Century Premium Developments (PCPD) could be set to take over the £6bn Meridian Water project in North London after Barratt London exited the scheme last week.
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2017 Honda Civic Type R First Test Review: World’s Greatest Hot Hatch

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:00

Thinking of clever ways to describe cars pays my bills, so rarely does a car leave me struggling to find words to describe it—yet that’s the situation I found myself in after driving the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R. I settled for three: “Holy s—. Wow.”

There’s not any one thing that makes the Civic Type R so special, but rather it’s Honda’s holistic approach to building what’s not only arguably the greatest hot hatch the world has ever seen but also the best front-wheel-drive sports car ever.

I know I sound crazy, especially to anyone who’s driven a Civic Si in the past decade or so. On paper, the Civic Type R’s competition—the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R—would all seem to blow the Honda out of the water, just by the virtue of all three offering up performance-enhancing all-wheel drive. And yet the Civic Type R works—and so incredibly well at that.

The magic starts in the English city of Swindon, on the very same production line that produces run-of-the-mill Civic hatchbacks for worldwide consumption. The base Civic hatchback body, already significantly stiffer than the previous-generation Civic Type R, gets adhesive joints in a few key areas to increase torsional stiffness. As the Type R makes its way down the production line, the British workforce buzzes around it, fitting it with a dual-axis strut suspension up front, a multilink unit in back, and unique electronically adjustable dampers at all four corners. Under the hood goes a hot-rodded version of the new Honda Accord’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, making a class-competitive 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a Springfield rifle-slick six-speed manual and a mechanical limited-slip front diff. The package is rounded out by racing buckets inside, a revised rear bench omitting the middle seat in favor of formfitting outboard seats and a center console, and functional styling add-ons that could’ve only come from a country that created Gundam and Initial D.

With our Vbox and test gear hooked up, we lined our Championship White Civic Type R up for its first launch. Thanks to its limited-slip diff eliminating torque steer and a lack of turbo lag, the 306-hp Type R accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. That’s less than a second slower than the 350-hp all-wheel-drive Focus RS’ 4.5-second time but more tellingly quicker than both the 305-hp WRX STI and six-speed manual-equipped 292-hp Golf R, both of which benefit from grippy all-wheel-drive launches and need 5.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The Civic Type R maintains second place through the quarter mile, too. It’s 14.0-second run at 102.5 mph trails the Focus RS’ 13.3-second run at 103.3 mph, but the Civic still just beats out the WRX STI (14.1 seconds at 98.5 mph) and the Golf R (14.1 seconds at 102.7 mph). In braking tests, the Civic Type R manages to tie the Focus RS’ 104 foot stop from 60 mph, beating the WRX STI’s and Golf R’s 109 foot stop. The overall trend continues on the figure eight; the more powerful Focus RS (24.0 seconds at 0.81 g average) manages to just beat out the Civic Type R’s 24.7 second at 0.78 g performance, while the WRX STI and Golf R fall behind, at 25.1 seconds at 0.75 g and 25.4 seconds at 0.77 g, respectively.

Even more important than how the Civic Type R drives at the track is how it drives on the street. More often than not, high-power hot hatchbacks are beset with compromise—peaky engines, punishing rides, and poor fuel economy are the rule of the day. Not the Type R. The Civic Type R is an absolute sweetheart, no matter what you throw at it. On a good back road, it’s a precision instrument; around town or on the highway it is an easy-going cruiser. The Honda turns in on a knife’s edge, absorbing bumps and bruises from the road without upsetting the driver or chassis no matter what drive mode you’re in. Steering is crisp and quick, and throttle response is linear. The Civic Type R’s engine is a little monster, with tons of power, little lag, and a sky-high 7,000-rpm redline, backed up by a Ryan Gosling-slick six-speed gearbox topped by a brushed aluminum knob. “This is the most impressive new Honda I’ve driven since the original NSX,” said international bureau chief Angus MacKenzie. “The Type R delivers utterly remarkable performance and handling, yet it’s impressively refined to drive. It’s the best-front drive chassis in the world. Period.”

Although the Civic Type R drives phenomenally no matter what’s thrown at it, what’s arguably more impressive is how livable it is on a day-to-day basis. The Type R is comfortable and quiet on the highway, doesn’t beat up you on rough pavement around town, and it still retains the Honda Civic hatchback’s trademark versatility. Up front, the driver and passenger get to sit in what are arguably the best racing seats ever fit into a street car. “The seats are among the best sport buckets I’ve ever sat in—holding monsters that don’t pop you in the jewels when you get in or out,” said editor-in-chief Ed Loh. The backseat retains the huge, adult-friendly dimensions, albeit at the expense of the middle seat. The Type R’s trunk is huge, too, retaining the standard Civic hatch’s ingenious cargo cover, which retracts into a mount on the right side of the cargo area, meaning you can drop the rear seats flat without having to worry about where to store a cargo cover.

Also notable is the Honda Civic Type R’s fuel economy and sticker price compared to the Golf R, Focus RS, and WRX STI. On the former front, the Civic Type R’s 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined EPA rating is among the best in the segment. It tops the Ford Focus RS’ 19/25/22 mpg and the WRX STI’s 17/22/19 rating while nearly matching the VW Golf R, which is rated at 22/31/25 mpg with the manual and 23/30/25 mpg with the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Where the Civic Type R most easily beats Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru is in sticker price. Although a cheaper version is reportedly coming, the Civic Type R currently comes in one spec, the loaded, no-options-available Touring trim, which stickers for $34,775 in the limited-run 2017 model and $34,990 for the 2018 Civic Type R. The next cheapest competitor is the Subaru WRX STI at $36,955; the Golf R and Focus RS cost considerably more. The Golf R starts at $40,195, and Focus RS prices start at $41,995.

Although words might have ultimately failed me, the Honda Civic Type R doesn’t need ‘em. This is a car that speaks for itself, and one that’ll be the performance benchmark for both front-drive cars and hot hatchbacks for years to come.

2017 Honda Civic Type R (Touring) BASE PRICE $34,775 PRICE AS TESTED $34,775 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 4-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE 2.0L/306-hp/295-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,114 lb (62/38%) WHEELBASE 106.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.4 x 73.9 x 56.5 in 0-60 MPH 5.4 sec QUARTER MILE 14.0 sec @ 102.5 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 99 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.99 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.7 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) 1.6-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 1:25.07 sec EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/28/25 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/120 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.80 lb/mile

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THE WEEK AHEAD: Workspace set for half year figures

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:55
Workspace Group, the London office space company, will publish its interim results for the six months to 30 September on Wednesday.
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LXi buys two care home portfolios

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:54
LXi REIT has bought two portfolios of care homes and supported living properties for £30.3m.
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Redefine sells German supermarket assets for £182m

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:46
Redefine International has sold its Leopard German supermarket portfolio to PATRIZIA Immobilien for €205m (£182m).
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McLaren Gets Small for the Holidays

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 02:24

It’s never too early to get them started, right? For the holidays, McLaren is rolling out a fresh new batch of P1s for sale for a limited time or at least while supplies last.

Yes, now you can buy a McLaren P1 of your very own—and for only $47.05 at today’s current exchange rates.

Of course, there’s a catch—the petite P1s are made exclusively for pre-schoolers, pee-wees, and the Peter-Pans of the world.

This year’s Volcano Yellow P1 for pip-squeaks requires Fred Flintstone-like foot power and is currently only available in the U.K.

But if you really want one, you can order one at—just plan on paying plenty of extra pounds on shipping.

Still, just think how cute that P1 rugrat is gonna look on Instagram. We’re clicking hearts already.

OK. Maybe you have a kid that doesn’t like peddling for fun, petro power, and prefers a real juicebox?

Well, try visiting Toys R Us to search for an all-electric “Ride-On” McLaren P1 that retails for about $300 bucks.

These puny P1s should sell to collectors like hot cakes. Maybe you should order two of each before they sell-out.

Now if your garage space is getting tight like ours, we recommend an all-new resin version by Tecnomodel with pricing starting at $450.

The car crafter from Italy offers limited edition 1/18th scale models in a number of gelato inspired flavors too.

Yes, now is the best time of year to start your holiday shopping engines. Happy motoring!

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Zero to 60 Designs Refreshes Tesla Model S

Motortrend News Feed - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 16:17

Forget the production hell of the Mesla Model 3. At last check Elon Musk was stuck in Level Nine. So instead, feast your eyeballs on the Zero TS by Zero to 60 Designs.

Zero TS gives the Tesla Model S a “performance look” to help your Tesla stand apart from the staid O.C. crowd at Fashion Island.

Kenny Pfitzer, formerly of West Coast Customs, founded his company last year. Zero also brought a modified Raptor, revamped Ford GT, and other goodies with wheels to this year’s SEMA show in Sin City.

For the TS, Zero to 60 redesigned the Model S with some sleek curves and softer edges. The front end and reshaped rear receive carbon-fiber accents for starters.

It also gets a dolphin gray $40,000 exterior PPG paint scheme. Solar Gard provides a clear topcoat that helps protect your EV from dings and scratches. We’re not sure if it protects it from keying; so just in case—don’t be rude to skaters, bikers, or Dodger fans.

It's official our #tesla with @solargardwindowfilm is a hit, non stop attention and everyone loves our concept. More aerodynamic and that #aerodynamic with that #supercar feel. #teslamodels #sema2017 #custom #clearshieldprohydro #tint #sgpartner #hre

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The Zero TS here rolls on black HRE wheels and Nexen Nfera tires. Because black makes everything faster too. It also gets custom Brembo brakes to help slow it down on the street, track, or more importantly, at the Starbuck’s drive thru.

Inside the cabin receives a bloodbath of red European leather that looks soft and supple to the touch.

Zero claims that the custom interior is protected by Solar Gard’s LX Series window film but even so, don’t spill your frickin’ Frappuccino on it.

Zero to 60 says its new Tesla upgrade kit costs $6,500, which sounds like pocket change for most Tesla owners. Well, maybe not Model 3 ones anyway.

Now if Zero can only make a Nissan Leaf 2DIE4—that would be awesome. Well, maybe next year.

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Video Tells the Story of the Most Expensive DeLorean Ever Sold

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 18:00

When movie vehicles aren’t needed anymore, many end up rotting in desolate junk yards, only to be discovered decades later in terrible condition. Depending on the film it starred in and its popularity, a movie car can fetch reasonably good money from collectors. That was the case with this DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future Part III, which sold for a cool $541,000.

Owner Bill Shea paid that amount when the DeLorean from Back to the Future III was auctioned off for charity back in 2011. According to Shea, this is the only screen-used Back to the Future DeLorean time machine in the hands of a private owner.

This isn’t just any DeLorean time machine, though–it’s a DeLorean dune buggy. If you have seen the film you may remember the DeLorean jumping through the desert like a Baja race truck. This particular DeLorean has been highly modified for the movie with a full roll bar, Volkswagen suspension, steering, and an old Beetle engine and manual transmission. It may have worked great on camera in 1991, but 26 years later the stunt car isn’t quite as easy to drive, as the presenter shows in the video.

Even the owner admits Back to the Future Part III isn’t as iconic a film as the first movie. So why did he pay $541,000 for this DeLorean/VW hybrid? Check out the video below and find out!

Source: Aficonauto via YouTube

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Icon Rolls Out Old School Series for Toyota FJ Fans

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:13

Something wicked this way comes—wicked cool that is. Icon brought a handsomely traditional 1970 FJ40 Land Cruiser to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The classic FJ40 build introduces the company’s Old School Series, which falls between its traditional TLC concours-level 4×4 restorations and its full-blown, no-parts-left-unmodified full treatments.

“We have customers who love the ICON ethos but who don’t necessarily want to get drawn into a lengthy conversion about their vehicle every time they stop for gas,” said Jonathan Ward, Icon founder and lead designer, in a statement.

“Certain people prefer an understated, stock-appearing exterior but all of the modern performance and amenities. We’re launching the Old School Series to appeal to them.”

Except under the hood of course—this FJ received a Cummins R 2.8-liter turbo four-cylinder diesel engine swap. The engine provides 161 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an old school five-speed manual transmission.

Icon says four-wheel-drive is actuated by an Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case and a two-speed version is also available.

The body is aluminum and powder coated in a sandy finish with alloy wheels and hubcaps. It rolls on 285/65R18 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.

Icon’s latest ride also receives Brembo Sport Brakes that are hydro-boosted with power-steering pressure instead of with engine vacuum. The coilover suspension system has been upgraded substantially too we are told.

Inside the cabin, Icon states that while the seats “might look like Toyota vinyl from a distance, they are actually covered in custom Italian leather that Moore & Giles embossed to mimic the look of elephant skin.”

Also the dash looks factory fresh, except instead of plastic bits you get aluminum ones and nifty electric gauges.

The new Old School ICON Land Cruisers are offered in FJ40, FJ43, FJ44, and FJ45 variants.

Since they are built to order, pricing hasn’t been announced, but you can see the latest FJ40 at SEMA through November 4.

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