Homes England-backed York Central Partnership unveils 2,500 home scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:29
Plans have been submitted for a 110 acre residential-led redevelopment as part of the York Central development project.
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Botany bay plans given green light

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:23
Chorley Council has recommended to approve planning for the redevelopment of FI Real Estate Management’s (FIREM) Botany Bay site.
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Salmon Harvester sells retirement village project

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:14
Salmon Harvester Properties, the NFUM/Salmon joint venture, has sold its freehold 25-acre site to the Royal London Pension Property Fund (RLPPF).
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Quartet of Octopus deals grow regional lending by £35m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:11
Specialist property lender Octopus Property has completed four loans worth a combined £35.2m across separate developments in Birmingham, Derby, Manchester and Edinburgh.
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2018 Dodge Durango 4 R/T Long Term Update 5: Like Sisyphus

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:05

Our time with my beloved Durango is drawing to a close, and yet we’re still discovering new and wonderful features. The latest: Dodge’s inspired luggage rack cross-bar system.

Below: Letter coding makes it a snap to mount and restow the crossbars.

I avoid roof-rack use because it torpedoes the fuel economy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. We needed to move an IKEA kitchen to our cabin, where we’d spend a week assembling and installing it. Among the week’s necessities to be transported was a new Weber grill for our Independence Day cookout. It weighed half the 150-pound recommended maximum roof-top cargo limit, so it had to ride up top.

Most vehicles make you buy accessory crossbars to use their longitudinal rails, but the Durango hides two crossbars in the rails. It’s all part of the $395 Cargo Plus Group that includes the cargo area roller shade. You unscrew the crossbars, swing them 90 degrees across the roof, pivot their hinged ends down, line up the mounting points (clearly marked with letters A–D), slide them in place, screw them down, and voila! Ready to lash a grill to. These rails stay out of the airstream when not in use, but they’re always with you, should an impulse estate-sale purchase beckon.

Fitting everything into and onto the Durango for this weeklong work-cation was a Tetris-like process that required an hour of loading, unloading, and reloading that still afforded Snickers (our dog) space to buckle into the right rear seat.

We heeded the owner’s manual warning to slow down with a roof load because it was 97 degrees out, our overall load might have been an ounce or two over our Durango’s 7,100-pound gross vehicle weight rating, and I was in no mood to deal with a heat- or load-related tire blowout. Traveling at 60–65 mph we actually averaged slightly better fuel economy than the empty ute does at 80 (#SlowDownToSaveGas).

Another load-hauling observation: I can’t tie the tailgate down when carrying a long load. With it up, an aggressive launch out into highway traffic sounds awesome but results in a big whiff of exhaust.

Our Durango R/T plays up its Hellcat heritage to let you know it’s game for any manner of car-playing, even before you plug in your iPhone.

This week I’ve been playing with the Uconnect phone app, following Detroit editor Priddle’s vacation travels to her Canadian cabin, where she used the Durango to help deliver a pretty spiffy Sea Ray ski boat. It also shows me the odometer, tire pressures, fuel level, oil life, and vehicle health reports. I’ve resisted the urge to remote-honk the horn at 7 a.m. So far.

Read more about our 2018 Dodge Durango R/T long-termer: During Detroit Editor Priddle’s summer vacation she found her literal dreamboat: An 18.5-foot Sea Ray bow-rider located 9 hours east in Ottawa, Ontario. The burly Hemi V-8 easily shouldered the load, though the cruise control had to drop a gear or two to maintain speed on some hills and the indicated fuel economy dropped about 5 mpg on the return trip.

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Four new signings take Coal Drops Yard to 80% full

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:03
The King’s Cross Partnership has announced that Aesop, Fred Perry, Rains and Superga as the latest retailers to sign up for stores at Coal Drops Yard.
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Green light for office phase at £400m Belfast Waterside

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:20
Belfast City Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for the 250,000 sq ft grade A office element of Vanguard Real Estate’s £400m Belfast Waterside masterplan scheme.
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2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback Review: Practical Performance

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:00

“I’d really like an Audi RS 5 Coupe, but I really need two more doors, a usable rear seat, and up to 35 cubic feet of luggage space.” That’s probably an inner conversation no buyer is ever going to have with himself as he walks into his friendly local Audi dealer. But it neatly sums up the appeal of the latest addition to Audi’s burgeoning RS lineup. The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is a practical performance car, a civilized family vehicle when you need it to be, and a rip-snorting supercar when you want it to be.

Here are the headline numbers: 444 horsepower, 443 lb-ft of torque, 0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed—if you order the optional Dynamic Plus package—of 174 mph. All that, and room for the kids and their stuff.

Built on VW Group’s MLB Evo hardware, the RS 5 Sportback is identical to its two-door sibling from the B-pillar forward. However, wheelbase and overall length have grown 2.3 inches to accommodate the rear doors, and the roof is 1.1 inches taller to improve passenger headroom. The extra doors and the large rear hatch mean the Sportback weighs 89 pounds more than the Coupe, which Audi says accounts for it being a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph.

The RS 5’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6—and Audi makes it very clear this engine, also used in Porsche’s Panamera, was developed entirely in-house—delivers a creamy surge of thrust, accompanied by a woofly baritone exhaust rumble when you nail the gas. It’s one of the nicest V-6s in the business, though with peak power arriving at a relatively modest 5,700 rpm, it lacks the thrilling top-end zing of the 4.2-liter V-8 that powered previous-generation RS 4/5 cars. But whereas the V-8 developed 317 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm, the V-6 makes its maximum 443 lb-ft available from just 1,900 rpm. It’s a torque monster, and rapid progress is most effortlessly achieved by short shifting before the digital tach starts flashing red to warn of the approaching rev limit.

Or you can leave the eight-speed ZF transmission to its own devices. That the engine’s torque curve is flatter than Kansas from 1,900 rpm to 5,000 rpm gives it a lot to work with; there’s always a response when you get on the throttle. In the normal drive mode—what Audi confusingly calls Auto—the transmission glides through the ratios before settling in the highest, most efficient gear and letting the torque do the work. But in Dynamic mode it neatly downshifts right where you want it on corner entry, the engine matching revs on the way through, and will coolly hold gear when you lift off the gas. You’d still be quicker down a canyon road fanning the paddles, shifting yourself. But not by much.

The RS 5 Sportback rides 0.3 inch lower than the regular S5 Sportback. The standard wheel/tire combination is 19-inch forged alloys with 265/35 summer tires, but our U.S. spec tester was fully loaded, fitted with 20-inch wheels and 275/35 tires, and the Dynamic Plus Pack. That adds monster 15.7-inch carbon ceramic brakes and gray painted calipers up front, in addition to Dynamic Ride Control, which uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable shocks connected diagonally via oil lines running through a central valve to reduce diagonal pitching and roll through corners. Oh, and the Dynamic Plus Pack also includes a tweak to the engine management system that lifts Vmax from 155 mph to 174 mph.

Don’t want or need 174 mph and the brakes to match? No problem. Just order the Dynamic Pack, which gives you the highly effective Dynamic Ride Control suspension, along with red-painted calipers for the steel brakes, and the RS sports exhaust system with blacked-out tips. Just to show what you’ve paid for.

You don’t notice the longer wheelbase and extra weight of the RS 5 Sportback on the road. However, like its two-door sibling, the RS 5 Sportback is a car whose front axle weight bias demands precision on corner entry when driven hard. But although the steering is accurate and there’s decent front-end grip, you never get a detailed read as to what’s happening at the tire contact patch. So the best way to attack the twisties is slow in, quick out, allowing the clever drivetrain to best apportion the torque between the front and rear axles and the rear wheels, to punch the car away from the apex.

Ironically, despite the label, Dynamic mode isn’t the best for press-on road driving. Even on Germany’s smooth two-lanes, the ultra-stiff damper rates delivered a gut-jiggling ride, and the novelty of the amplified rumble from the exhaust wears off quickly. The solution? Switch the drive mode to Individual and set the suspension and exhaust to the Comfort settings and everything else to Dynamic. Thus configured, the RS 5 is a fast, comfortable, coherent grand turismo, on any paved road, in any weather.

Americans don’t like wagons, which is why we don’t get the heroically subversive RS 4 and RS 6 load luggers this side of the pond. But we’re not exactly fans of hatchbacks, either. Audi’s A/S7 and A/S5 five-doors are the exceptions that prove the rule, however: The A/S5 Sportback outsells the A/S5 Coupe by almost three to one, and Audi of America product planners fully expect the RS 5 Sportback to be one of the company’s most popular RS models.

It’s not hard to see why. With a roofline that sweeps down into a fast backlight, the regular Sportback looks more like a racy four-door coupe than a prosaic grocery-getter. The RS family visual cues add muscle to the mix: The grille is shallower and wider, the fenders have been pumped 0.6 inch on each side, and the new front and rear bumpers are adorned with the usual performance car prerequisites such as vents, spoilers, splitters, and diffusers. Eight exterior colors are available at launch, including the lovely RS-only Nardo Grey, and Sonoma Green, which is exclusive to RS 5 models.

The interior is typically Audi, beautifully designed and impeccably executed, swathed in stitched leather, with soft-sheen aluminum highlights. Audi’s impressively configurable Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation pack is standard equipment, and the RS-specific head-up display, showing engine oil temperature, lap time, and shift lights in addition to speed and nav information, is available as an option. That 35.0 cubic feet of luggage capacity—enough, says Audi, for five golf bags or four full-size suitcases—is what you get when you fold the rear seats flat. Seats up, the RS 5 will haul 21.8 cubic feet of stuff. In case you’re wondering, that’s about 14 percent less luggage capacity than an RS 4 wagon with the seats down, and only 3 percent less with the seats up.

You can’t buy an AMG C 63 wagon in the U.S., BMW hasn’t built an M3 wagon for a few years now, Jaguar couldn’t make a business case for an XE Sportbrake, and Cadillac has long since given up any ambition to play in the space. All of this leaves the $75,195 Audi RS 5 Sportback pretty much in a category of one. If you want autobahn-storming performance and genuine practicality in a premium midsize package, it’s the only game in town. But one worth the price of admission.

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Brokenshire invites more bids for garden town funding - property reacts

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:58
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on local authorities and developers to apply for additional government funding for the development of new garden towns.
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Brokenshire invites more bids for garden town funding

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:58
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on local authorities and developers to apply for additional government funding for the development of new garden towns.
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South Korean investment in UK commercial property in H1 2018 double total for whole of 2017

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:29
South Korean investment in UK commercial property has risen to £1.1bn in the first half of 2018, which is already more than double the £530m invested in the whole of 2017.
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Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Corvette top list of new cars owners keep the longest

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:00
According to a new study, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Corvette, and a variety of Toyota owners are most likely to keep their new vehicles the longest, almost 9 years on average. The study by reported that the average length of ownership for both the Expedition and Corvette stood at 9.0 years, almost 21 percent longer than the average...
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WMCA acquires seven acre Darlaston site

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:56
Brownfield developer St Francis Group has sold a seven acre plot of land at Bentley Point in Darlaston to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
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Cain injects £400m into Fortwell Capital

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:49
Cain International has acquired a majority stake in Fortwell Capital, the real estate lender sold by Christian Candy’s CPC Group earlier this year, and provided £400m of investment capital to the company.
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Round Hill appoints MD for €1bn push in Ireland

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:44
Round Hill Capital has appointed John Vaudin as managing director, Ireland.
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NAV rises at CLS

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:24
CLS Holdings has reported a 3% rise in net asset value (NAV) for the six months to the end of June.
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2019 Acura RDX Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Rating From IIHS

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:30

The IIHS has named the 2019 Acura RDX a Top Safety Pick Plus after putting it through its full battery of testing. In order to get the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must fulfill the following requirements: earn Good ratings on roof strength, side impact, head restraints, moderate front overlap, and driver’s side front small overlap impact; Acceptable or Good on the passenger’s side small overlap impact; Advanced or Superior in the front crash prevention test; and offer an available headlight option that scores a Good rating.

The 2019 RDX scored the highest rating on all of the IIHS’ categories, scoring Good on crash tests and Superior in front crash prevention after it avoided crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph. Surprisingly, the base LED headlights on the 2019 RDX are rated Good while the optional adaptive units have a lower score of Acceptable.

AcuraWatch, Acura’s suite of active safety features, comes standard across the 2019 RDX lineup. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available with the Technology, A-Spec, and Advance packages.

The 2019 RDX is the first model to ride on an Acura-exclusive platform and is powered by a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional.

Source: IIHS, Honda

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MSO Introduces McLaren 720S Pacific and Track Themes

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:30

McLaren Special Operations has cooked up more special editions of the 720S. The automaker announced it has delivered the first 720S vehicles to wear the Track Theme and Pacific Theme designations.

The first 720S Track Theme, commissioned by McLaren Manchester, features an Anniversary White paint job inspired by the automaker’s Formula 1 cars of the 1980s. The exterior also features black and orange accents on the doors, rear, and hood. The black wheels feature orange on the outer rim, and the “Speedy Kiwi” design on the mirror caps further celebrates McLaren’s racing heritage. To save weight, all carbon fiber components have a satin finish instead of paint. Inside, you’ll find black Alcantara upholstery with orange contrast stitching. Bred for the track, this car has a lightweight titanium harness bar that can be fitted with a six-point harness.

As you may have guessed, the 720S Pacific Theme is inspired by the ocean bearing the same name. It features a Cerulean Blue paint job accented with a darker shade called Estoril Blue on the door intakes. Carbon fiber components on the roof, air intakes, front splitter, mirror casings, rear diffuser, rear deck, and rear bumper are tinted in a third shade: Cobalt Blue. More blue can be found on the seats and steering wheel. If this isn’t your shade of blue, MSO also presented a darker 720S in Atlantic Blue earlier this year.

The two models add to the MSO 720S Themes portfolio. McLaren has already introduced its 720S Velocity Theme cars. First presented with a two-tone red color scheme at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the Velocity Theme was the first MSO special edition for the 720S, which also debuted at the show.

Source: McLaren

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Spied! Audi RS Q3 SUV Caught Testing at the Track

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:00

It’s been less than a month since Audi revealed the redesigned Q3, so it’s no surprise that details such as pricing and U.S. engine options are still up in the air. That doesn’t mean Audi’s resting on its laurels, though. Based on these latest spy shots, the German automaker is already hard at work on a new high-performance RS model.

The last RS Q3 was more of a high-riding hot hatch than a fire-breathing SUV, making 306 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque from a detuned version of the TT RS’ 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5. Audi also sold a sportier RS Q3 Performance that was lower, more aggressively styled, and came with an extra 27 hp. According to our spy photographer, the prototype shown here sounded like it was still using the same five-cylinder engine, but this time around, it’s expected to at least make an RS 3-matching 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

While the previous RS Q3’s styling was conservative at best, the new version will get a much more aggressive look that builds on the 2019 Q3’s much less anonymous design. Even in a full wrap, the massive air intakes and angular styling stand out, as does the new grille pattern that our shooter believes will spread to other future RS models. The fenders appear to be only slightly wider than on the regular Q3, but toward the back, you can clearly see massive oval exhaust pipes, a diffuser, and a large roof spoiler.

With upgraded brakes and a track-tuned suspension in the mix as well, the RS Q3 is shaping up to be one seriously fun-to-drive little crossover. Audi hasn’t announced a reveal date, but there’s a chance we could see it as early as the Paris motor show in October. The big question, though, is whether or not Audi will offer the RS Q3 in the U.S. We’d like to think it will, but that’s still far from official.

Photo source: CarPix


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Jeep Wrangler-Based Pickup Caught Testing on the Rubicon Trail

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 21:45

We’ve praised the JL Jeep Wrangler for its off-road capability and surprisingly good on-road performance, which is one reason why the idea of a midsize truck based on that same platform has us really excited. Now, there’s even more to get excited about as a prototype for the JL Wrangler-based pickup, rumored to be called the Scrambler, has been spied testing on the Rubicon trail by the folks over at Jeep Scrambler Forum.

Although we’ve seen the Wrangler-based pickup on the street countless times before, this is the first time we’ve seen the truck off-road, and the images tell us a couple things about the upcoming variant. According to forum members who spotted them on the trail, the two prototypes had some serious dents on the rockers, bed, tailgate, and bumpers. You can clearly see the rear bumper on the above test mule has sustained some damage to the camo at least, and it looks like it could even be a little bent out of shape. The truck’s rear overhang is much longer than the Wrangler’s, which impacts its departure angle. And because of the pickup’s longer wheelbase, breakover angle could also be an issue. Hopefully, the suspension tweaks we spied previously will help compensate for these things.

The Wrangler-based pickup arrives in 2019, but we might see the highly anticipated vehicle as early as the 2018 L.A. auto show. The Wrangler pickup’s exact engine lineup is unknown, but leaked documents suggest FCA’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, will be one option.

Source: Jeep Scrambler Forum

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