2019 Buick Regal Sportback Avenir: a mid-size, full-luxe...hatchback?

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:53
The 2019 Buick Regal Sportback Avenir strings together a lot of words that haven't always gone together. The new, range-topping 2019 Regal hatchback that Buick unveiled Tuesday is the latest to get the automaker's aspirational luxury treatment. On the 2019 Regal, the trim package mostly mirrors the changes made to the Enclave Avenir crossover SUV...
Categories: Property

2019 Volvo XC60

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:48
The 2019 Volvo XC60 luxury compact crossover feels like an occasion. New last year, the headline this year for the Volvo XC60 is a more affordable, front-wheel-drive version that should appeal to sunny-state shoppers. The 2019 XC60 still rates highly on our overall scale. We give it a 7.3. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Part of that special...
Categories: Property

Argent Related unveils Tottenham Hale redevelopment plans

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:31
Argent Related has submitted proposals for its redevelopment of Tottenham Hale comprising 1,036 new homes, new retail spaces as well as co-working and office space.
Categories: Property

City take-up close to a third up on 10-year average in H1

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:25
Take-up in the City of London for the year to the end of June reached 3.5m sq ft according to Savills, 10% up on the same point last year and 31% up on the 10-year average.
Categories: Property

CBRE, JLL and Colliers among 19-strong Homes England property panel

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:22
CBRE, JLL and Colliers International are among the 19 firms that Homes England have appointed to deliver property related services in all areas of England to its Property Professional Services framework.
Categories: Property

CBRE's Hallissey heads to Colliers to head up EMEA occupier services team

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:11
Colliers International has appointed Andrew Hallissey to lead its occupier business in London as executive managing director of EMEA occupier services.
Categories: Property

2020 Ford Explorer: What to Expect From Ford’s Redesigned Family Hauler

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:00

Ford last redesigned the Explorer for the 2011 model year, and despite being nearly eight years old at this point, the three-row crossover is still one of the best-selling vehicles in the midsize segment. The Explorer manages to overcome questionable material quality and poor ergonomics with a stylish design, an excellent infotainment system, powerful engine options, and several near-luxury trims.

Based on what we’ve heard, though, it sounds like Ford’s ready to redesign the Explorer again, most likely for 2020. Official information is still limited, but here’s what we expect from the next-gen Ford Explorer.

New Platform

The 2020 Explorer is expected to share a platform with the new Lincoln Aviator. That means it will most likely be rear-wheel-drive based, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The CD6 platform was also designed to accommodate front-wheel-drive layouts, but we don’t see Ford going that route with the new Explorer. That’s because a teaser image Ford released shows an SUV with a longer dash-to-axle ratio, suggesting the engine will be mounted longitudinally. Proportions also appear to be similar to the rear-drive Aviator concept (pictured above), with a sloping roof and a pronounced beltline.

Plenty of Room


The Explorer may be changing platforms, but it should still offer plenty of room for the whole family. Expect the new version to continue offering seating for seven (or possibly eight) passengers, as the Aviator concept showed it has plenty of room for a third row. Look for a more spacious cabin, as well as a layout that uses space more efficiently than the current Explorer. The Expedition will still be significantly larger, but when the redesigned Explorer arrives, families who were considering upgrading to the highly rated full-sizer may find they don’t need to do so.




When Ford last redesigned the Explorer, adaptive cruise control was generally a feature reserved for luxury vehicles, and backup cameras were a common option. These days, adaptive cruise control is standard on the Toyota Corolla, and every new car is sold with a backup camera. In order for Ford to stay competitive, expect the Explorer to come packed with technology. Co-Pilot360, Ford’s suite of active safety features, should be offered, but it probably won’t come standard. Look for the latest version of Sync to offer an impressive amount of connectivity, as well.

Sport + Utility

Ford hasn’t said much about the new Explorer, but we do know one thing for sure: There will be an ST version. Like the Edge ST, the Explorer ST will most likely replace the Sport model. Currently, the Explorer Sport makes 365 hp from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, but we expect Ford to add a good bit more power, potentially pushing it past the 400-hp mark. Look for the Explorer ST to get a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, as well as a sport-tuned suspension and active roll control. Hopefully, it will offer enough performance to give the Dodge Durango SRT a real run for its money.


In addition to the ST’s twin-turbo V-6, expect the next Explorer to offer several more pedestrian options, as well. The current 2.3-liter turbo-four should stick around, but there’s a chance the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 may disappear. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 added to the lineup, potentially making an Edge ST–matching 335 hp. As far as transmissions go, the current six-speed auto will most likely be replaced with the 10-speed unit used in the recently redesigned Expedition.


Currently, a base Explorer costs slightly more than $33,000 with destination, the Explorer Sport is around $47,000, and the top-of-the-line Explorer Platinum starts just under $55,000. The 2020 Explorer, however, will likely be a little pricier even if the increases aren’t as large as we saw on the redesigned Expedition. Expect the Explorer to start around $36,000 and top out north of $60,000. As for the 400-hp Explorer ST, that version should be priced in the low-to-mid-$50,000 range.

The post 2020 Ford Explorer: What to Expect From Ford’s Redesigned Family Hauler appeared first on Motor Trend.

Categories: Property

Kier property director departs in shake-up

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:03
Kier Group’s property and construction directors have left the company after a managerial shake-up which has seen Claudio Veritiero promoted to chief operating officer.
Categories: Property

Telford Homes completes first BTR development

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:55
Telford Homes has completed its first build to rent development on Caledonian Road, north London.
Categories: Property

Winchester City Council formally adopts new regeneration plan

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:32
Winchester City Council has formally adopted a supplementary planning document (SPD) for the regeneration of an 11-acre area of the city centre.
Categories: Property

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:00
With an old-school mentality and some new-age features, the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe remains a rugged, reliable workhorse that can be dressed up or down for almost any kind of duty. Thanks to a truck platform and some strong engine options, the Tahoe hauls more and goes further off-road than most crossovers while still maintaining some civility...
Categories: Property

Octopus Property to provide £16m development facility for 225-room Bristol student scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 10:12
Octopus Property has provided a £16m loan to Atlas Land to develop a new purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme and three commercial units in Bristol.
Categories: Property

Avison Young acquires Wilkinson Williams

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 08:49
Avison Young, the commercial real estate services firm, has revealed a takeover of Wilkinson Williams.
Categories: Property

Capita ‘on track’ despite 59% fall in half-year profit

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 08:28
Capita, the UK’s largest outsourcing group, has said it is on track to make the cost savings and full-year profits it has promised but warned it is ‘early days’ in the group’s recovery following a string of profit warnings.
Categories: Property

Council claims CapCo’s Hawksworth ‘shook hands’ on deal to hand back housing estates

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 07:00
The council leader at the centre of a bitter row with Earls Court developer Capital & Counties is prepared to release documents he believes will prove the property group agreed to hand back two social housing estates at the heart of the controversial development, Property Week can reveal.
Categories: Property

2019 Subaru WRX

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 05:01
The 2019 Subaru WRX doesn’t brag about its rally lineage, at least until its turbos spool up and all four wheels scrabble for traction on a winding dirt road. Try doing that in a BMW M2. What the 2019 WRX does well is go fast regardless of terrain while carrying four passengers in reasonable comfort. Luxury and style are not its fortes...
Categories: Property

2019 Buick Regal Avenir is the Latest to Get the New Top Trim Level

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:30

Buick’s upscale Avenir trim has helped the brand win both prestige and sales, so it should come as no surprise that the badge is rolling out to more models in the lineup. The latest to receive the Avenir treatment is the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback, rolling out to dealerships this fall.

Like the two U.S. Avenir models before it, the LaCrosse and Enclave, the Regal Avenir offers interior and exterior enhancements along with a host of standard features. Inside, you’ll find diamond quilted front seats with Avenir-embroidered headrests, sill plates emblazoned with the Avenir logo, and the first application of Buick’s new cloud-capable infotainment system. The interior can be had in either a Whisper Beige or Ebony color scheme.

Outside, the Regal Avenir sports a unique grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern inspired by the 2015 Buick Avenir concept. The five-door also receives Avenir badges on the front doors and an exclusive set of 19-inch Pearl Nickel-finished alloy wheels. Like all non-GS Regals, the Regal Avenir will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, tuned to 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which will be mated exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

We like how the standard Regal Sportback drives, but noted in a review that the interior doesn’t feel special enough. Here’s hoping this new Avenir trim can change that.

Pricing for the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir will be announced closer to its launch in the fall.

Source: Buick

The post 2019 Buick Regal Avenir is the Latest to Get the New Top Trim Level appeared first on Motor Trend.

Categories: Property

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera First Drive: Glorious. Glorious. Glorious.

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:01

At what point does emotion overtake logic? Inductive logic can be as simple as premise + premise = reasonable conclusion. Many flowers are red; most flowers smell good. Therefore red flowers should smell good. That’s easy enough, until you realize that titan arum, aka the corpse flower, blooms a deep red but smells like a locked dumpster that’s been sitting outside a Las Vegas Arby’s for the entire month of August.

Logic can therefore be tricky, especially, I’d argue, in the case of overwhelmingly beautiful sports cars. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is fist-chewingly gorgeous; cars with 715 horsepower are fabulous. Obviously then, the DBS Superleggera is the Aston Martin we’ve all been dreaming about since we loved our first car. Or is it? Only a black-hearted cynic could deny this brute’s charms, and then only out of spite. However, in the interest of a fanboy’s attempt at journalism, let me at least walk you through the trial before I deliver the verdict.

Friends, it’s Marek Reichman’s world; we’re just living in it. Even though he won’t follow me back on Instagram, Aston’s chief creative officer just hit a royal flush while the rest of the industry is shouting, “Go fish.” I’m sorry, but with the notable exception of the DB4 Zagato, I think this new DBS is the most beautiful Aston Martin since … ever. It’s a riveting design, blood pumping, jaw dropping, sweat inducing. I’ll save you the list of each and every physical reaction caused by Reichman’s latest and greatest, but rest assured, the car moves you.

The hard nose is exquisite, the front three-quarters a masterpiece. The side profile smartly apes the aforementioned DB4 Zagato, but in loving homage, not slavish facsimile. And those hips! Sinful is putting my feelings mildly. If I have a single gripe, it’s with the Superleggera’s Teutonic rear end, specifically the gaudy 144-point A S T O N  M A R T I N spelled out like a chrome billboard. I understand the argument: Customers in emerging luxury markets (Hi, China!) aren’t always sure what they’re looking at so the signage is needed. But with a design this strong, it’s not needed. Plus it looks tacky. Thankfully, fishing wire and Goo Gone are cheap. Did I mention how small and perfect the taillights are?

The interior? There’s a saying in the beer brewing world: Hand ten brewers the same recipe and ingredients, and you’ll get ten different beers. Long story short: What one guy calls a boil, another lady deems as not quite roiling. Because of the human factor, each beer is unique. The same is true for the DBS Superleggera’s insides. Since the seats are hand-stitched, the same person who sews the driver’s seat sews the passenger seat. Otherwise each seat’s patterns would fail to match. Can’t have that. Remember, even if you’re not in love with the interior photographs attached here, Aston Martin’s Q department can (nearly) outfit the innards any way you like. And yes, it’s basically the same interior as the DB11 AMR, which is no bad thing.

Under that exquisite carbon-fiber hood beats a vicious heart; Aston’s Cologne-sourced 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 with the boost turned up by 5 psi. The results are 715 horsepower as well as 664 lb-ft of torque. DB11/DBS mini-CEO Paul Barritt assured us that unless Aston swaps in physically larger turbochargers, this is the most power that this motor can make. Expect to see larger snails on the DBS refresh in four years. All that power and fury is routed via a carbon-fiber torque tube to a high-torque-capable ZF eight-speed transaxle. The entire rear subframe is soft-mounted to the unibody via rubber bushings like on the DB11, unlike the hard-mounted rear of the Vantage.

Despite its prodigious power output, the Superleggera is still first and foremost a grand tourer, not a sports car. The previous iteration of this vehicle was named “Vanquish,” but because of lightweighting efforts this time around, Aston Martin went and licensed the Superleggera moniker from Italy’s Touring to more accurately describe the DBS (meanwhile, the upcoming mid-engine Aston will probably be called Vanquish, because why waste a great name).

Crack the throttle of the Superleggera, and all sorts of hijinks ensue. Forward momentum is one of them, but with so much power travelling through just two wheels, well, hijinks. Should you have the traction control fully on, then the little yellow light will flicker on the dash, letting you know that the 305/30 ZR21 Pirelli P Zeros are having momentary grip issues (the fronts are 265/35 ZR21). Now, it should be pointed out that torque is limited through first, second, and third gears in normal and Sport modes. If you are in Sport Plus, then torque is restricted in just first and second.

Remember those soft rubber bushings holding the rear end onto the rest of the car? As the engine cuts, but then allows power, you can feel the transaxle rocking around back there. Even under small applications of throttle, you can feel the housing move as the torque converter locks and unlocks. Although the amount of movement is both interesting and comical, it’s kind of a mess. I’m hoping that I drove early cars and that Job One vehicles will be a bit better sorted. Still, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that I’ve never driven an automatic transaxle vehicle that was 100 percent shipshape. Specifically, I’m thinking about the Corvette and how its slushbox is never actually good enough. I think the solution for the DBS is active transaxle mounts, like AMG employs on its GT S. That car puts down power like an all-wheel driver. All that said, Aston claims the Superleggera can crack 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. Quick enough, says me.

Although the DBS Superleggera may not be the finest drag racer the world has ever seen, blasting from, say, 40 to 80 mph, or 40 to 100 mph, or (let’s be honest) to 130 mph could very well be its own sport. Any issues I had with standing starts were instantly forgotten as I spent the better part of three hours passing as much Bavarian Alpine traffic as possible (pro driving tip: Avoid Berchtesgaden at the height of summer). Thanks to generous helpings of carbon bits including the brakes, this car should weigh 159 pounds less than the 4,194-pound DB11.  What an intoxicating rocket sled. What a torque monster.

At the launch of the DB11 AMR, the 630-horsepower refresh of the V-12-engined DB11, Aston CEO Andy Palmer was quick to point out that the AMR produced more horsepower than the new Bentley Continental GT (630 versus 626) and had a 1 mph higher top speed (208 versus 207). What Mr. Palmer didn’t know was that I’d just driven the new Conti, and due to its AWD traction, the Bentley felt like it would get to its V-max well before the Aston. The AMR is a fast car, but no match for the Bentley. Now, with the DBS, which should weigh 1,000 pounds less than the Continental GT, the Aston feels like the quicker machine. Perhaps much quicker. I’m not sure if the Superleggera actually is, but the car feels that way. Just an awesome feeling of on-road invincibility. Also, the DBS can hit 211 mph. Neener, neener.

Dynamically, the DBS rocks. What a wonderfully sorted front end. The steering is beautifully weighted, neutral, and imbued with great-for-a-modern-car feedback. You can fall into the clutches of understeer should you fail to brake hard enough for a corner (sorry!), but that’s on the driver, not the car. For the most part the DBS offers a front end that refuses to quit. The sounds of the snarly V-12 have been enhanced for DBS duty, and the results are fab. What I love most is that you’re not hearing separate induction and exhaust noises, but rather a full-on mechanical symphony taking place inside the cabin. One with just the right amount of turbo whirl mixed in, too. It’s glorious. In fact, you can apply that descriptor to the driving experience itself. I’m still drunk on the memories.

At this point, I’m almost ready to conclude that with the DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin is just showing off. Quibbles about the transmission programming aside, the Superleggera’s big flaw is its unobtainable price. Just over $308,000 to start, and the metallic crimson example with the lovely navy blue leather and red contrast stitching raises the buy-in to up over $370,000. That’s some serious scratch, and hard to logically justify. Though as Marek Reichman so famously said, “You don’t need an Aston Martin. You want an Aston Martin.” Damn skippy. Had I the means, I’d buy one just to look at the damn thing. Consider the driving experience a nice little bonus.

The post 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera First Drive: Glorious. Glorious. Glorious. appeared first on Motor Trend.

Categories: Property

Is This the First Special Edition Jeep Wrangler JL?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 23:00

The Jeep Wrangler has entered a new generation, but we have yet to see the first of the many inevitable special editions that will launch. Well, this might be it, according to the folks at JL Wrangler Forums.

A member of the forum sent in a photo of a dark silver JL Wrangler on a car hauler. As the forum points out, this Wrangler has a number of special parts that distinguish it from your standard model from the factory, including different rock rails, black tow hooks, black wheels, a gray Jeep logo, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires, as well as factory steel bumpers. The hood features the Moab decal, hinting this could possibly be a special Moab edition. The forum points out this decal is in the parts catalog for the new Wrangler. Jeep launched a Moab edition of the last-gen JK Wrangler for the 2013 model year.

JLWranglerForums said it’s trying to confirm whether this is a special edition Wrangler or something else entirely, such as an aftermarket model. But it’s worth noting that this vehicle was spotted in Auburn Hills, Michigan, near Fiat Chrysler’s headquarters. It was being transported in the area alongside other Wranglers, although all the others were eventually unloaded while the special model remained on the hauler, the forum member said in a post.

Although Jeep hasn’t rolled out a special edition yet, the Wrangler already offers quite a bit in terms of variety. There are more than 200 Wrangler products from Mopar, including performance parts and accessories. Jeep will add a diesel Wrangler for the 2019 model year, and a Wrangler pickup is also expected sometime soon.


The post Is This the First Special Edition Jeep Wrangler JL? appeared first on Motor Trend.

Categories: Property