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2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:00
The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of big sedan in its home market of South Korea Wednesday. There, it's known as the K7, but we'll likely see the car keep the Cadenza name when it's shown for the U.S. market. Though sedans continue to fall out of favor with buyers over crossovers and SUVs...
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Taylor Grange and Galliford Try launch Birmingham resi partnership

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:54
Midlands developer Taylor Grange has selected Galliford Try Investments as its preferred development partner for its residential projects in Birmingham.
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Here’s Every Tesla We’ve Tested So Far

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:00

We can largely thank Tesla for making electric vehicles exciting. From the original Roadster to the more practical and mass-market Model 3, Tesla hasn’t missed a beat in creating vehicles that are quick, nimble, and technologically advanced. While other automakers will be flooding the market with high-performance EVs in the coming years, we’ll always appreciate Tesla for beginning the charge. And though there’s no shortage of turmoil at the company these days, Tesla remains committed to high performance, promising a host of new vehicles including the Model Y SUV and next-gen Roadster. To see how the carmaker has evolved over the last decade, keep reading for a list of all the Tesla vehicles we’ve ever tested.

 

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport


0-60: 3.7 seconds
¼ mile: 12.6 seconds at 102.6 mph
Figure eight: 24.6 seconds at 0.81 g (avg)
60-0: 113 feet

Tesla nailed it with its first product, the Roadster. In 2009, we clocked this sinewy sports car hitting 60 mph in an impressive 3.7 seconds. The Sport model we tested produced the same 288 hp as the standard Roadster but at 600 fewer revs (4,400 rpm) and 295 lb-ft of torque, up from 273 lb-ft. The feeling behind the wheel was almost otherworldly. “It’s such an unnatural thrust that it actually brings to mind that hokey Star Trek star-smear of warp-speed,” we wrote in a First Test. “The quick, linear accumulation of velocity makes you smile and hold on, shake your head, and eventually learn to carve unimaginable moves through traffic that’s populated by completely flat-footed internal-combustion cars.” Predictably, the performance came with a high price tag of $130,000.

We can’t wait to test the new 2020 Tesla Roadster, which the automaker claims will be able to hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.

 

2012 Tesla Model S P85


0-60: 3.9 seconds
¼ mile: 12.5 seconds at 110.9 mph
Figure eight: 25.3 seconds at 0.70 g (avg)
60-0: 105 feet

The next time we tested a Tesla, it was Elon Musk’s personal Model S. Tesla had just introduced the electric luxury sedan, and this performance version made 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Weighing almost 2,000 pounds more than the Roadster we tested, this car took 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph. We managed to travel from Fontana on the eastern edge of the L.A. basin to San Diego and all the way back on one charge, pushing the car’s 265-mile range to the limit.

 

2013 Tesla Model S P85

0-60: 4.0 seconds
¼ mile: 12.4 seconds at 112.5 mph
Figure eight: 25.6 at 0.77 g (avg)
60-0: 113 feet

The Model S was a contender for MotorTrend’s Car of the Year award—and it won. Like our last Model S tester, this model had the performance bits that helped it make 416 hp.

The vote was unanimous among the 11 judges. “The mere fact the Tesla Model S exists at all is a testament to innovation and entrepreneurship, the very qualities that once made the American automobile industry the largest, richest, and most powerful in the world,” we wrote. “America can still make things. Great things.”

 

2013 Tesla Model S

0-60: 5.0 seconds
¼ mile: 13.2 seconds at 110.9 mph
Figure eight: 25.7 seconds at 0.76 g (avg)
60-0: 124 feet

During our Car of the Year evaluation, we also tested a less powerful version of the Model S. It still had the biggest 85-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery option, but output was limited to 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The sedan hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, making it a full second slower than the performance models we had tested.

 

2013 Tesla Model S P85+ Long Term


0-60: 4.0 seconds
¼ mile: 12.7 seconds at 107.8 mph
Figure eight: 25.3 seconds at 0.74 g (avg)
60-0: 108 feet

After the Model S won our Car of the Year award, we drove one for a more than a year to get a better idea of how it performs over the long run. We came away impressed, despite the model getting a new power unit when technicians noticed a clicking sound in the single-speed reduction gears—it proved an easy swap-out. Over the course of 38,000 miles, the car’s battery experienced little degradation.

 

2014 Tesla Model S P85+

0-60: 3.9 seconds
¼ mile: 12.5 seconds at 108.4 mph
Figure eight: 24.8 seconds at 0.80 g (avg)
60-0: 102 feet

 

In 2014, we pitted a Model S against the BMW i8 in a comparison test. Although the i8 proved more nimble, the Model S took the crown for its impressive power, everyday livability, and excellent efficiency.

 

2015 Tesla Model S P85D

0-60: 3.1 seconds
¼ mile: 11.6 seconds at 115.2 mph
Figure eight: 25.0 seconds at 0.77 g (avg)
60-0: 113 feet

By this point, Tesla had made significant updates to the Model S, including improved seats and upgraded powertrains. Thus, Tesla’s new P85D model boasted a significant power increase over previous Model S sedans. It had a new dual-motor setup—one motor at the front and one at the back—good for a combined 691 hp and 687 lb-ft of torque. We were pleased with the upgrades, noting in our First Test: “The torque impacts your body with the violence of facing the wrong way on the train tracks when the whistle blows.”

 

2015 Tesla Model S P85D

0-60: 3.2 seconds
¼ mile: 11.7 seconds at 113.7 mph
Figure eight: 25.2 seconds at 0.79 g (avg)
60-0: 104 feet

Later, we tested the model again, pitting it against a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Surprisingly, the Tesla was heavier (4,944 pounds versus the Hellcat’s 4,562 pounds).

 

2015 Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous

0-60: 2.6 seconds
¼ mile: 10.9 seconds at 122.7 mph
Figure eight: 24.7 at 0.81 g (avg)
60-0: 109 feet

Now, Tesla was making a version of the Model S with an insane 762 hp and 713 lb-ft of torque. This combined output comes courtesy of a more potent version of the new all-wheel-drive, dual-motor setup. In our tests, the Model S with the Ludicrous update zipped to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, making it the quickest four-door on the market at the time. This time was even good enough to beat top sports cars. It was quicker to 60 mph than the Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Aventador, and Bugatti Veyron, and it was tied with the McLaren P1.

 

2016 Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous

0-60: 3.2 seconds
¼ mile: 11.7 seconds at 116.0 mph
Figure eight: 25.1 seconds at 0.78 g (avg)
60-0: 106 feet

Tesla took the Ludicrous magic of the top Model S and repackaged it in SUV form. The Model X, known for its falcon-wing doors, is ridiculously quick when equipped with a dual-motor powertrain making a total of 532 hp and 713 lb-ft of torque. Its 5,516-pound curb weight didn’t hinder its performance; the SUV cosseted drivers with excellent ride quality and cornering ability, plus very solid braking performance. It became the quickest SUV we had ever tested at the time, and it was even 0.2 second quicker than a Ferrari Enzo to 60 mph.

 

2016 Tesla Model X 75D

0-60: 5.5 seconds
¼ mile: 14.1 seconds at 100.6 mph
Figure eight: 26.7 seconds at 0.70 g (avg)
60-0: 113 feet

Without the dual-motor setup of our previous tester, this version of the Model X had more modest performance. The 328-hp SUV hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, putting it on par with the Jaguar F-Pace S AWD. In a review, we noted you get 90 percent of the adventure of the top P90D model for more than $40,000 less.

 

2016 Tesla Model S 60

0-60: 5.0 seconds
¼ mile: 13.6 seconds at 103.5 mph
Figure eight: 26.5 seconds at 0.70 g (avg)
60-0: 121 feet

Finally, it was time to test the “budget” version of the Model S sedan. Making 315 hp, this sedan managed to hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, which was still quick compared with many other EVs on the market. Range was limited to 200 miles, but buyers could pay for a software upgrade that unlocked an extra 40 miles of range. It had a bit more body roll than higher-trim Model S sedans equipped with stickier tires and an air suspension. But for less than $70,000 before tax credits, you were still getting a technological marvel with a solid ride and great steering.

 

2017 Tesla Model S P100D (Ludicrous+)

0-60: 2.3 seconds
¼ mile: 10.5 seconds at 125.0 mph
Figure eight: 24.6 seconds at 0.82 g (avg)
60-0: 109 feet

Tesla outdid itself again. The Tesla Model S P100D featured a new 100-kW-hr battery pack with enough juice to propel itself to 60 mph in 2.28 seconds. To this day, it remains the quickest production car MotorTrend has ever tested. P100D models could travel 315 miles on a single charge.

 

2017 Tesla Model 3 Long Range

0-60: 4.8 seconds
¼ mile: 13.4 seconds at 104.9 mph
Figure eight: 25.7 seconds at 0.74 g (avg)
60-0: 119 feet

The Model 3 was “make it or break it” for the automaker. It was a test to see if Tesla could build affordable cars with enough range to serve as someone’s one and only vehicle. So far, it has been a big sales success. When it arrived on the scene, Tesla’s small sedan proved more capable in many ways than a segment favorite, the BMW 330i. For instance, with a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, it was 0.7 second quicker to 60 mph. This rear-motor, rear-drive model made 271 hp and 307 lb-ft of torque.

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance

0-60: 3.2 seconds
¼ mile: 11.8 seconds at 115.2 mph
Figure eight: 24.3 seconds at 0.84 g (avg)
60-0: 99 feet

This Model 3 variant is far from entry level. Packing 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque from a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain, this small sedan made it to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Just as notable, it managed to brake from 60 mph in 99 feet, putting it on par with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range


0-60: 4.0 seconds
¼ mile: 12.5 seconds 113.1 mph
Figure eight: 24.9 seconds at 0.78 g (avg)
60-0: 113 feet

This model combined the best from the two-motor Model 3 with the longer-range model. Most consumers will not be wanting for power. With a total of 346 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque from its two motors, this sedan hit 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. That time put it in good company with the Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro SS, and Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats.

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2020 Mercedes GLB-Class: 5 Things You Should Know About the New Luxury Crossover

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:00

At Mercedes-Benz’s press drive of its new 2020 GLS-Class (stay tuned for the review), the German brand used the opportunity to show U.S. journalists its newest crossover—the 2020 GLB-Class. With a boxier design, space for up to seven passengers, and the latest technology, the GLB will slot between the GLA and the GLC crossovers. We already covered a lot of ground in our 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class First Look, but here are a few things we found out after the compact crossover was presented in Park City, Utah.

EQB Coming in 2021

As Mercedes pushes to bring more electric vehicles to market, it will be producing new nameplates based on current internal combustion engine models. And the EQB will be no exception. The EQB will arrive to market in 2021 on the same platform as the GLB but with an electric powertrain. Details are scarce at the moment, but we just drove the first electric SUV from Mercedes—the EQC. Our impressions? We thought the steering didn’t offer good road feel, but we liked the interior finishes and user experience from the MBUX infotainment system. We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for the EQB.

Built in Aguascalientes, Mexico

 

The GLB is the first Mercedes-Benz passenger car to be built in Mexico. The compact SUV will be produced in Aguascalientes, Mexico—in the same plant where the Infiniti QX50 is built, though the two SUVs won’t share a single part. The plant was part of an alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan to build Mercedes and Infiniti vehicles. China will also be producing the GLB for the Chinese market.

It’s just a bit shorter than the GLC

It might look much smaller in person, but the GLB is only a tad shorter than the GLC. The GLB has a 111.4-inch wheelbase (compared to the GLC’s 113.1 inches) and is 182.2 inches long (the GLC is 183.3). But in person, its boxiness gives it a more compact look, and it reminded me of the size of the first-gen Volkswagen Tiguan (now known as the Tiguan Limited in the U.S.).

The third row is for emergencies only

As a 5+2 vehicle, the GLB can carry seven passengers. But the optional third row is only good for young children. The very tight third row is difficult to get into, and if you do get in, your knees will be high, as legroom is pretty compromised. When I talked to designers about offering a third row, they said Chinese customers are always looking for a third row, so they decided to offer it in the U.S. in case there are any takers. But trust us: Only small children should sit back there. In contrast, the second row is pretty spacious and can comfortably seat three adults.

Pricing should start at about $38,500

It’s a big estimation, but the GLB’s price should be between that of the GLA and GLC, or somewhere between $34,945 and $41,545. Given that it’s closer to the GLC’s size, we expect the price to be closer to the GLC. We expect to have more information when the GLB makes its debut at the end of this year.

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Tested: Is the Genesis G70 Still a Driver’s Car With the 2.0T Engine?

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:00

Here’s a story you’ve heard before: “[Upstart manufacturer] creates sports sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series.” It’s a tale as old as the 3 Series itself, with new chapters added every few years as ambitious brands take their turn at rivaling the German standard-setter. With the Genesis G70, 2019 marked the shortest time from brand establishment to Car of the Year win. The Genesis G70 win is especially impressive considering it’s the three-year-old brand’s first effort in the segment. Recently, we spent time in the base-engine G70 2.0T and wondered: Would the G70’s prowess as a driver’s car still shine through? And, crucially, could it hold its position against the 3 Series?

Our G70 2.0T tester’s 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, compared to 365 hp and 376 lb-ft from the 3.3T model’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. Acceleration drops accordingly; its 0–60 time of 6.2 seconds is a second and a half behind the six-cylinder version of our Car of the Year champ. It’s also slower than all-wheel-drive Audi A4s we’ve tested; those cars hit 60 in 5.0–5.4 seconds despite having identical displacement and horsepower.

The four-cylinder G70 completed the quarter-mile sprint in 14.7 seconds at 93.9 mph, falling behind the Mercedes C 300’s 14.1 seconds at 99.9 mph. Supposedly the Genesis has launch control, but road test editor Chris Walton found it didn’t help—enabling it produced “a little chirp from the tires, then the engine bogs a bit. Trying various rpm brake releases produced nearly identical runs.”

Outside of a dragstrip, however, the 2.0T model doesn’t leave the driver wanting for acceleration. Clearly it’s turbocharged; there’s a bit of lag as power arrives a moment after the driver’s input. Keep it on boost, though, and it rushes toward its 6,200-rpm horsepower peak. Genesis attempts to amplify the experience by playing an artificial engine note inside the cabin, but its organic delivery had us wondering what effect it had.

In casual driving, the Genesis-designed eight-speed automatic transmission shifts with just enough feeling to let the driver know something’s happening. Hit the upshift paddle under generous throttle, and it responds with a satisfying kick into the next gear. However, the downshift paddle wasn’t so reactive. In real-world and track testing, multiple taps often wouldn’t engage a lower gear while braking.

Annoyingly, there’s no manual mode—the G70 returns to automatic shifting if you hold a gear too long, or whenever you come to a stop. For permanent manual mode, Genesis notably offers the G70 2.0T with a six-speed stick. The company knew the take rate for the manual would be low, and to date it’s only sold a handful of cars so equipped. Still, the automaker did it to capture the attention of enthusiasts, who would hopefully recognize the newcomer brand keeps their interests in mind.

The 2.0T drivetrain didn’t wow us like the 3.3T did, but the smaller engine cuts 119 pounds of mass over the front axle, yielding an improved 51/49 percent front/rear weight distribution. That seemed to parlay the balance we praised in our Car of the Year writeup. However, in figure-eight handling testing, testing director Kim Reynolds found where the G70 might concede to the 3 Series. Despite the Genesis weighing only 13 pounds more, its steering feels heavier and less natural than the BMW’s: “A bit wonky and more artificial, but I don’t want to be too critical—it’s fun,” he wrote.

That weighty steering complements the excellent chassis tuning, an element that’s continuously evident in the G70’s drive. The taut suspension and stiff body communicate what the tires are passing over, but the ride is supple, not harsh or crashy. We might not call it nimble, but it’s always poised. This isn’t a car you toss around, rather one in which you plot a flow down the road—equally enjoyable in highway cruising and backroad exploration. This is where the G70 earns its sport sedan credentials. The overall feeling it provides is one of connection, refinement, and solidity.

Those adjectives describe the interior, too. It looks and feels high quality, with hardly a surface that could be described as cheap. Our car’s lovely black-over-brown interior was a hit among testers and passengers. Quilted leather seats have bolstering that strikes harmony between sport and luxury. The door panel, center console lid, and transmission tunnel are comfortably padded where the driver might rest their extremities. Brightwork on trim, knobs, and buttons isn’t genuine metal but—like everything in the cabin—presents a substantial feel.

Genesis’ decision to forgo a dial or touchpad for infotainment control is appreciated. A fixed 8.0-inch screen centrally mounted on the dashboard responds quickly to touch inputs. Graphics aren’t among today’s best, but integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is fairly seamless. The screen’s positioning may be suboptimal for shorter drivers, but its location and function seems natural and sensible. Sensible, too, is how the instrument cluster display between the gauges works; toggles on the steering wheel let the driver access key functions on the move. All climate tasks can be controlled by physical dials and buttons on the center console.

A few quirks and confusions indicate this is a first-effort car. The navigation system SD card, which will almost never be accessed, is smack in the center of the dashboard, displacing more useful buttons next to it. Several times on our tester, switching drive modes while using Apple CarPlay garbled our music, requiring an on-off of the audio to fix. The head-up display spontaneously disappeared between drives. We eventually found it, positioned in a way that couldn’t be safely viewed while driving. It wouldn’t adjust back into sight, as if the projector shifted entirely. Adaptive cruise control cut out at the same time, and no number of vehicle restarts got it going again.

Although Genesis is a subbrand of Hyundai, little about the G70 indicates that it shares parts with a non-luxury brand. Yes, the lower door cards are plastic, and the infotainment is what you’d find in any Hyundai. But if Genesis saved development dollars there and spent more on improving the way the car drives, it’s a worthwhile trade-off. At $44,895, our fully loaded G70 2.0T Dynamic rings up many thousands of dollars less than similarly equipped competitors.

We summed up our 2019 Car of the Year report by praising Genesis for “accomplishing the near impossible: It built a better 3 Series.” Again, in a recent comparison, the G70 2.0T beat the 330i (but was bested by the Tesla Model 3), our testers saying the Korean car “represents the pinnacle of a segment.” To answer our earlier questions, yes, the G70 is still excellent even with the smaller engine. And yes, it still beats the 3 Series.

2019 Genesis G70 2.0T BASE PRICE $35,895 PRICE AS TESTED $44,895 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 2.0L/252-hp/260-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,659 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 111.6 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.5 x 72.8 x 55.1 in 0-60 MPH 6.2 sec QUARTER MILE 14.7 sec @ 93.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 106 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.94 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.2 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/30/25 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/112 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.78 lb/mile

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2019 Honda Accord Hybrid: Why I’d Buy It – Zach Gale

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:00

“What car should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would senior production editor Zach Gale drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here.

When I turn the knob, I giggle. It’s stupid, I know, but turn a 2019 Honda Accord’s temperature dial, and watch as the accent lighting turns blue or red, depending on whether you made the air hotter or colder. Cool, right? If I were in the market for a new car, however, green is the most important color to me. Because I believe humans are doing serious damage to the planet, my new-car purchase would be limited to hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full EVs. But as I mentioned in my Toyota RAV4 Hybrid fantasy-SUV buying story, I’m cheap. So regardless of my personal budget, I’m not interested in cars that cost too much to begin with and then slap you with enormous maintenance bills down the road.

The smaller Insight hybrid sedan would probably meet my needs most of the time, but I prefer the Accord’s interior and higher seating position. Upgrading to a midsize sedan means more rear-seat space. And since I haven’t selected the gorgeous-for-a-midsize-sedan Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, my new car will actually come with a full-size trunk. That’s right, if you go for the hybrid version of the spacious Accord, trunk space goes from 16.7 cubic feet to … 16.7 cubic feet. The Ford’s many hybrid displays make commuting more fun, but the Fusions aren’t as roomy for people or cargo. So I’ll stick with Honda even though I’m tempted to snag a great deal on a Fusion before they disappear from dealer lots.

The Accord Hybrid has another advantage over the more attractive Ford: acceleration. The Honda hits 60 mph in a MotorTrend-tested 6.7 seconds, quicker than any hybridized Fusion. That’s also quicker than a base-engine Accord or Clarity plug-in, which is the other car I’d strongly consider. I remember being impressed by the Clarity’s ride, and its EV range is exceptional. The overstyled Clarity plug-in will get you 47 EPA-rated miles on EV power before the gas engine turns on to power you through another few hundred miles.

The truth is that I wavered between the Clarity plug-in and Accord hybrid while writing this story. The Clarity’s matte wood-like trim and suede-like trim feel upscale, but I prefer the Accord’s higher infotainment screen placement and volume knob for when my husband is serving as in-car DJ. Driven back to back on the world-class driving roads near me in Southern California, I bet the Accord—which is about 700 pounds lighter—will be more fun. With no stylistic middle ground between these two cars, I’ll drive the more subdued Accord even though I prefer the last-gen model’s wheel design to the current one.

The Clarity would be better for avoiding visits to the gas station, but as it is, the Accord Hybrid’s 48/48 mpg city/highway rating and 600-plus-mile driving range mean I won’t need to refuel often. I’ll take mine in Touring form (for the ventilated front seats), wearing Obsidian Blue Pearl paint and a black-chrome grille to avoid the Accord’s overchromed stock look.

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MAG puts industrial airport sites on market for £500m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
The portfolio includes income-producing assets at Stansted, Manchester and East Midlands airports
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Caldecotte Lake office returns to the market

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
Columbia Threadneedle puts Milton Keynes’ biggest business park on sale for £38m
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NCP targets 300 new sites in expansion drive

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
Parking operator NCP plans to increase its national footprint by 300 sites in the next five years.
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Growthdeck launches commercial property arm for private investors

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
Investor network Growthdeck has launched a commercial property arm aimed at private investors.
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AEW grabs Lichfield logistics site

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
AEW has acquired a development site in the West Midlands for a 431,500 sq ft speculative logistics scheme.
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Number of people using co-working space in UK hits 1.3 million

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
The number of people using co-working space in the UK rose 10% in the past year, according to a survey by blockchain-powered shared workspace provider Primalbase.
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BidX1’s June result falls £3m short of previous sale takings

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
Auction house scored 82% success rate but £4.5m raised was lowest since firm’s launch in December 2018
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WATCH 24 Hours of Le Mans Flag-to-Flag Coverage HERE!

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 22:28

There’s nothing quite like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and now you can get live flag-to-flag coverage with MotorTrend! Starting at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT on Saturday June 15, catch the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans on the MotorTrend app, on MotorTrend TV, and right here.

And if you’re interested in catching coverage of live practice and qualifying sessions, we’ve got that, too.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans here!

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15 Awesome Turo Cars for New College Graduates

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 20:00

Congratulations, college graduates! Receiving your diploma represents the culmination of a lifetime of work. Soon, you’ll realize you have another lifetime of work ahead and must learn to navigate the real-world challenges your professors never taught you about. But there’s a fleeting period in between that’s worthy of celebration—what better way to spend it than with an exciting drive?

Turo is a car-sharing marketplace where you can book other people’s cars. Focused less on basic transportation and more on enthusiast enjoyment, Turo has more than 350,000 vehicle listings divided among 850 makes and models that (almost) anyone over the age of 21 and with a valid driver’s license can book. Recent college grads seeking an unforgettable way to celebrate their accomplishment should check out Turo. Prices may vary depending on location or demand, but these examples give an idea of the awesome cars you can drive.

Audi RS 5

The Audi RS 5 combines the R8’s engine with a slinky 2+2 coupe body. That 4.2-liter V-8 channels 450 hp through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while Quattro all-wheel drive provides traction and grip. The RS 5 has rear seats, so you can even squeeze friends in the back. This one on Turo is painted special-order Solar Orange, so it looks as quick as it goes.

Ford F-150 Raptor

Physics majors should avoid the Ford F-150 Raptor—its performance will defy everything you thought you knew. The Raptor has 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque on tap from its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, enough to get the 5,500-plus-pound truck from 0 to 60 in just over 5 seconds. When the going gets rough, electronically controlled Fox shocks eat up any terrain. One Turo host calls his Raptor “Simply the king of trucks,” and we’re inclined to agree.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Some say a degree is the key to unlocking a successful career. Dodge says the red key will unlock the Challenger Hellcat’s full horsepower. That’s 707 to be exact, whereas the black key the car also comes with only allows a mere 500. This Hellcat—equipped with a six-speed manual transmission—offers the red key so you can experience the full effect of its now-legendary supercharged V-8.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

You graduated from a prestigious institution—now step into another one. The Porsche 911 is an icon; the superlative sports car that’s been around longer than the mattress in your freshman dorm room. There’s a huge range of options available for the 911, exemplified by this Carrera Cabriolet—check out its captivating full red leather interior.

BMW M2

Didn’t party enough in college? Book yourself a BMW M2. Its short wheelbase and turbocharged inline-six engine make a car that’s ready to get rowdy. We’ve measured 0–60 times in the mid-4-second range, and the car’s configurable drive modes let the driver dial in the feeling they like the most. With bulging fenders and aerodynamic bumpers, the M2 looks ready for fun, too, especially when finished in Long Beach Blue.

Toyota 4Runner

The final weeks leading up to graduation are a grind, and after it all, you might just want to get out there and chill. Wherever out there may be, the Toyota 4Runner will get you there. It’s a legitimate adventure mobile, with body-on-frame construction, four-wheel drive, and big tires. Adding a pop-up tent to the roof provides a place to stay while on your vision quest.

Porsche Cayman S

A challenge of higher education is learning to balance focus and fun. When it comes to cars, a mid-engine layout provides that balance every time you drive. Mid-engine cars have an optimized weight distribution and center of mass, resulting in excellent handling and control. The Porsche Cayman is one of the best ways to experience that balance, and S models provide it with extra power.

Lotus Elise

Sparse and lean might be the best lifestyle to stretch a college budget, but applying those adjectives to sports cars increases enjoyment. History majors may recall Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s adage “simplify, then add lightness,” which aren’t necessarily words to live by, but are represented beautifully in the Elise. It weighs just over 2,000 pounds, and provides a visceral driving experience that cars more powerful or high-tech can’t match.

Jaguar F-Type S

The “things that will look good forever” list received another addition: the Jaguar F-Type. Its styling verges on simplistic, but in a way that exudes elegance and performance. Speaking of performance, the F-Type’s supercharged V-6 or V-8 provide plenty of it. Rolling up in an F-Type says you’ve made it—or in this case, you’ve made it through college.

Jeep Wrangler

A sad truth of graduating is that you and your best friends will go your separate ways. You’ll keep in touch, but the duties of work and life inevitably pull you in different directions. With four doors, four-wheel drive, and a big cargo area, the Jeep Wrangler is perfect for celebrating the good times together before reality kicks in. Take the roof off, pile in, and hit the open road.

Ford Focus RS

Maybe you’ve already got a job lined up post-graduation, and you need to get settled somewhere new—fast. The Ford Focus RS can help make that happen, with a spacious hatchback cargo area that can fit a bunch of your stuff inside. Plus, there’s the 350-hp turbocharged I-4 under the hood to hastily dispatch trips to the store for the things you inevitably forgot at home.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

We all knew that one guy in college who spent all his free time in the gym. He began freshman year as a skinny kid but by graduation had built himself into a beast. That’s much like the evolution from the regular C 300 to the C 63 S. It starts as soft and restrained and transforms into brawny and hard-edged. What better way to show off that power than by letting the top down?

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo is still finding its footing in the U.S. market, but the brand proudly displays its Italian heritage. That’s fully evident in the 4C, a miniature supercar with a carbon-fiber chassis, mid-mounted engine, and passionate styling. Driving it is certain to generate smiles, for those inside and outside the car.

BMW M3

The M3 seems to be built for those torn between two life stages: on one side a responsible adult who must tend to work or family, on the other a bright-eyed kid with verve and spirit for the future. In other words, it’s the perfect car for a recent college graduate. This one on Turo has 20-inch wheels and an upgraded cold-air intake.

Tesla Model 3

Today’s college graduates are entering an era of automotive electrification. Those soon-to-be professionals will continue to shape the car industry and may well guide us toward a fully electrified future. What better way to experience tomorrow, now, than in a Tesla Model 3?

Photos courtesy of Turo

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Classic Mustangs! See Vintage Pony Cars From the 55 Years of Mustang Show

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 20:00

Typically, most car shows are dominated by late-model cars, and that’s also true of Mustang events. The 55 Years of Mustang show at Charlotte Motor Speedway, however, was packed with the early model Mustangs that Mustang Monthly fans are fond of, and we tried to capture every single one of them here, so check out the gallery below. And if you attended the event, you should be able to find your car!

This article was originally featured on Mustang Monthly. For more stories like this, check out the Mustang 360 Network.

The event kicked off with the opening of the new Mustang Owner’s Museum (www.mustangownersmuseum.com) in Concord, North Carolina, just a stone’s throw from Charlotte Motor Speedway where the car show and open track portions of the event. Thursday saw a mostly filled infield car show, while Friday experienced heavy rain around noon, more of less washing out the show for the day. Saturday dawned cloudy but the rain stayed away, for the morning at least, and the soundtrack was once again filled with open track cars on Charlotte’s banked race track mixed with the murmur of the crowd of Mustang owners and spectators.

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Mid-Engine Corvette: Patent Hints at Potential Active Aero Bits

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 19:55

The countdown is underway–GM will debut the 2020 Corvette Corvette on July 18. Among the very few concrete details we have, it will bear a new logo and sport a mid-engine layout. Countless pieces of the puzzle remain up in the air, such as whether or not it will receive turbochargers and dual overhead cams. Adding more questions to the list, GM recently received a patent for an active aero system that we think could make its way to the new ‘Vette.

Issued on June 11, the patent details a system with “an air deflector moveably mounted to the vehicle body.” According to the document, sensors measure the distance to the ground, and this determines how the air deflectors are positioned. The system includes “a mechanism configured to selectively vary a height of the air deflector relative to the road surface and a position of the air deflector relative to the vehicle body to thereby control a movement of the ambient airflow relative the vehicle body.” The patent was uncovered earlier this week by MidEngineCorvetteForum.com, so head over there to check out the full document.

While the text doesn’t mention the Corvette specifically, sketches in the patent clearly show this sports car. Another aero bit that could make its way to the Corvette is an adjustable splitter system, of which one portion is fixed to the vehicle body and a second one moves to improve airflow. GM has filed for a separate patent related to this technology.

It’s likely the mid-engine Corvette will feature a dual-overhead-cam twin-turbo V-8 driving the rear wheels. We don’t know how much power the car will make, but it should offer 4.2-liter and 5.5-liter displacement versions. Earlier this year, we saw the interior of a Corvette prototype, sporting a new two-spoke steering wheel, a control knob for the infotainment screen, and a long row of climate controls on the right side of the center console. We’ll have to wait and see if all these details will make it to production.

Source: MidEngineCorvetteForum.com

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2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:00
The 2019 Honda Passport aced the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. However, the 2019 Passport didn't ace the tests. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test overall, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the calculated rollover risk measurement. Overall...
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2020 Hyundai Palisade priced, Lexus LC convertible debut, ChargePoint and Electrify America team up: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:33
2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover SUV priced from $32,595, undercuts Kia Telluride The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is ready to battle for families across the U.S. The three-row crossover SUV will arrive on the frontlines with a $32,595 starting price, Hyundai said Tuesday. Nearly 7K BMW SUVs, small cars recalled to fix airbag issues A handful of new BMW...
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CBRE to revamp London HQ

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:46
CBRE has begun a major redevelopment and extension of its UK headquarters at Henrietta House, London.
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