1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs recalled to address suspension component

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:35
About 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs have been recalled over a suspension part that may crack over time. The automaker said this week the recall involves 2010-2017 Ford Explorer models. Specifically, the issue affects SUVs that experience "frequent full rear suspension articulation." The actions may eventually lead to a toe link fracture in the...
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Co-working entrepreneur to launch Manchester co-living scheme

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:51
Colin Shenton, the founder of ‘pay-per-minute’ co-working company Ziferblat, is set to launch a co-living scheme in Manchester.
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The Green Group signs in Trafford

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:47
Logistics provider The Green Group has agreed to take a 62,000 sq ft, grade A warehouse facility at Trafford Park.
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Five Cars, Three Lap Records, Go!

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:00

None of it was planned. But somehow, on a Tuesday in late April on the big track at Willow Springs International Raceway, we found ourselves in possession of five vehicles capable of breaking three different lap records.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ would Challenge the Porsche GT2 RS for the overall production car lap record; both the Lambo Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo could vie for the BMW X6 M’s SUV lap record; and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Jaguar Project 8 each could grab the sedan record from the Cadillac CTS-V. Our resident pro racer, Randy “Father Lap Time” Pobst, was there. It all just sort of fell in our lap.

For months and months I’d been begging/bugging Lamborghini to let our test team have a crack at both the Urus and Aventador SVJ. I’d driven both, but with the exception of Scott Evans and a trip to Iceland with an Urus, no one else had touched either car. I wanted the rest of our team (plus, like, you know, the world) to know what crazed yet competent performance monsters Lambo had built. The trick is, when you strap on instruments to test Lamborghinis, the Italian automaker likes it if an engineer or two is present. That’s Lambo’s rule and there’s nothing we can do about it. Finally, the email showed up. Tuesday April 30 would be the day. Sweet.

As it turned out, two other things were happening that fateful week. For one, since we knew we’d have our greedy paws on the Urus, it was time to stage our now annual Best Driver’s SUV competition, the winner of which gets a ticket to play in the Best Driver’s Car festival this July.

Last year we chose the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to represent the steroidal, yet nominally off-roadable machines. This year besides the Urus we had the Bentley Bentayga Speed, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Without boring you to tears, I spend a bizarre amount of time discussing racetracks with the fine people at Porsche. Meaning they knew we’d be lapping the Urus. Would we mind lapping their new uber-Cayenne while we were at it? Not at all!

The other happening was an episode of Head 2 Head, the car comparison show hosted by myself and Mr. Jethro Bovingdon, available on the MotorTrend app, which had to be filmed during the same time period. Hey, why not split costs between various departments and film the track portion of that episode the same day we lap the Lambos and the Porsche? No one could think of a reason not to. Right, on with it.

The current street-legal car lap record at Big Willow is held by the Porsche GT2 RS with Randy Pobst behind the wheel. In similar setup, it also has scorched Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, and most recently Road America. The car is a metronome. A very quick metronome.

When we first heard about the GT2 RS, it was under the guise of setting the production car lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:47.25 with Lars Kern at the wheel, smashing the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s previous record of 6:52.01. Almost a year later, the Aventador SVJ piloted by Marco Mapolli obliterated the GT2 RS’s record with an astonishingly quick lap of 6:44.97. Given that, could Randy and the Lambo SVJ beat the Porsche GT2 RS on our home track?

No, not even close. The best Pobst could muster was a 1:24.92 lap, good enough to put the SVJ in 13th place all time, but nowhere near the GT2 RS’s 1:21.08 record. Nearly 4 seconds off the pace is equal parts confusing, disappointing, and upsetting.

What happened? The Lambo’s brakes seemed to be the culprit. Randy despised them. “The effing thing won’t stop!” he hollered at me when he pulled in. And you can bet your racing suit he didn’t actually say, “effing.” I’d also bet that the SVJ’s magnetorheological dampers were freaked out by Big Willow’s notoriously awful (meaning rough and bumpy) surface. The Corvette Z06—which rides on nearly identical dampers—had a similar issue. The Corvette team spent two weeks on Big Willow coming up with a bumpy road setting that knocked nearly a second off the lap, 1:25.76 down to 1:25.00. Lamborghini didn’t take such measures at Willow when it developed the SVJ. Anyhow, Porsche’s record is not only safe for now, but Porsche thinks there’s another half a second in there somewhere.

On to the SUVs. We agree, SUV lap times are silly. But until you people stop buying them (I own a hatchback and a wagon) this is how it’s going to be. The BMW X6 M went around Big Willow in 1:32.36, quicker than any SUV we’ve ever tested, including the Jeep Trackhawk (1:34.54) and the hunchbacked Bimmer’s shameless clone, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe (1:36.00). Call us crazy, but the X6 M is quicker around Big Willow than a BMW M3 (1:32.51).

The Urus and the third-gen Cayenne Turbo had their work cut out for them. Porsche was up first, and as Porsches are wont to do, it beat the BMW by nearly a second, posting a 1:31.59. That new record stood for at least 20 minutes. Then, the Lamborghini Urus crushed it, popping off a 1:30.87. How quick is that? Nearly as fleet as a BMW M6 Gran Coupe (1:30.66). Not bad for an SUV that stands at nearly 5,000 pounds. Lambo was one for two, and so were we.

Next up, sedans. Before we get started, I should point out that this isn’t the cleanest record. Here’s why: the ludicrously named Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid Sport Turismo went around Big Willow in 1:29.33. Thing is, that’s not a sedan, that’s technically a station wagon. So yes, if we were talking about four-door lap records, that 5,320-pound plug-in hybrid is quicker than the third-gen 2018 Cadillac CTS-V (1:29.69). However, it’s our pie and we’ll slice it however we like. Meaning that we should probably test the non-Sport Turismo version of the big Panamera. But, for purist reasons, the Caddy is the sedan lap record holder.

Er, was. The Alfa Romeo gave it a good go, but with “only” 505 horsepower (the weakest car we tested that day by a lot) it was no match for the 640-hp CTS-V. A 1:31.80 lap puts it ahead of the X6 M, but nearly 2 seconds off the Cadillac’s lap. The last chance belonged to Jaguar. Guess what? By the skin of its teeth, the $190K, AWD, 592-hp 2019 XE SV Project 8 put down a 1:29.59 lap, beating the CTS-V by 0.1 of one second. Boom, boom, boom. Out go the lights.

So there you have it. One day, five cars, three records, and two new benchmarks set. Really, three new records, though the poor Porsche’s only stood for the briefest of moments. The best part of all this, at least from my perspective? We’ll randomly do it all over again on some unknown, unspecified day in the future. Go serendipity, go!







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Big SUVs are most likely to last 300K miles

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:00
Giant SUVs are less likely to go extinct than sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles, according to the results of a study conducted released Monday by Only six vehicles in the study were likely to last at least 300,000 miles. The odds of any new vehicle making it that far into triple digits—that's the distance to the moon and...
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L&G’s affordable arm secures first four schemes

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:46
Legal & General’s new affordable housing arm, Legal & General Affordable Homes, has secured its first four schemes comprising 278 units.
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Help to Buy homes sell for less than 1% premium, says NAO

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:43
Homebuyers that use Help to Buy pay less than 1% more for their homes than buyers that don’t use the scheme, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
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What Car Should I Buy? MotorTrend Editors Pick Their Favorites

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:10

In today’s SUV-saturated market, cars—that is, sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes—are increasingly rare. Even so, that doesn’t stop MotorTrend from driving and testing every one we can get the key to. With collective decades of experience in evaluating cars, we’ve formed opinions around the standouts we’d buy with our own money.

We already named the SUVs we’d buy, selecting favorites for practicality, luxury, or adventure-readiness. Now that it’s time to choose cars, our picks range from frugal to fun.

Be sure to return to this page as we update it with cars that best answer the question, “What car should I buy?”

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2019 Honda Insight: How Prius Performance Compares to Our Hybrid Honda

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:00

Before we benchmark any long-term test vehicles, we like to put at least 1,000 miles on the odometer to break in various components and systems. The first road trip in our 2019 Insight EX easily accomplished this, so heading to the track and strapping in Vbox test gear for MT’s standard battery of instrumented tests was the next logical step.

At 7.3 seconds to 60 mph, the Insight’s accelleration is pretty good for a hybrid. It absolutely smokes a recent Toyota Prius we tested, which hit 60 mph in 9.8 seconds and took 17.4 seconds to run the quarter mile. Our Insight covered that distance in only 15.8 seconds at 84.6 mph. Road test editor Chris Walton notes that the Insight has a “slow launch, but then the engine ramps up quickly (and noisily) for impressive, linear acceleration.”

At the opposite end of the equation, our Insight needed 122 feet to stop from 60 mph. That’s a good deal better than the 131 feet required by the Prius but not as good as the 117-foot stop by a different Insight (Touring grade) we also tested. The difference? Better rubber. Walton’s notes reflect Honda’s no-surprises approach to deceleration: “Soft pedal, modest dive, but steady and straight. Typical Honda fade.”

On our figure-eight handling course, testing director Kim Reynolds knocked out a few invigorating laps in the Insight, recording a 27.5-second time around the course at average of 0.63 g. The kicker is that although the Insight beats the Prius in braking and handling, the latter gets around our course significantly quicker, taking just 26.3 seconds at 0.64 g (avg). The Prius also records a higher max lateral grip (0.90 g avg) than the Insight (0.87 g avg).

Reynolds describes the Insight’s handling as “surprisingly pleasant,” adding these details: “Its body motions are very well controlled but without any accompanying harshness. The Insight turns in very precisely and has good brake pedal feel, too, as you approach the corner. It seems to like a quick release-brake/turn-in as opposed to trail braking. It understeers but with some steering feel of the tires that offers some pleasantness.”

Next update: signs of wear creak in, rubbing us wrong …

Read more about our 2019 Honda Insight EX long-termer: 2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Limited 2019 Honda Insight (EX) BASE PRICE $33,130 $23,850 PRICE AS TESTED $34,786 $25,390 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 1.8L/96-hp/105-lb-ft Atkinson cycleDOHC 16-valve I-4 1.5L DOHC 16-valve Atkinson cycle I-4, 107-hp, plus 129 hp (elec); 152-hp (comb)/99-lb-ft plus plus 197 lb-ft (elec) TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,101 lb (61/39%) 2,992 lb (61/39%) WHEELBASE 106.3 in 106.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.0 x 69.3 x 57.9 in 183.6 x 71.6 x 55.6 in 0-60 MPH 9.8 sec 7.3 sec QUARTER MILE 17.4 sec @ 79.8 mph 15.8 sec @ 84.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 131 ft 122 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.90 g (avg) 0.87 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.3 sec @ 0.64 g (avg) 27.5 sec @ 0.63 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 50.0/54.7/52.0 mpg 44.6/57.5/49.6 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 54/50/52 mpg 55/49/52 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 62/67 kW-hr/100 miles 61/69 kW-hr/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.37 lb/mile 0.37 lb/mile

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2019 Hyundai Kona Limited: Why I’d Buy It – Miguel Cortina

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:00

“What SUV should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here.

I moved to L.A. from Mexico City when I got my job at MotorTrend. I’m 30, single, and really enjoy living by the beach. I like to go surfing on the weekends, and whenever I get into a different car, I always make sure it has enough interior space for my 8-foot Wavestorm surfboard. That’s one of the reasons I chose the Hyundai Kona as the SUV that I’d buy today. It’s versatile enough to fit a surfboard, and its features and young looks resonate with me.

I don’t take a lot of road trips, and my family doesn’t live in California, so I rarely transport more than two people in the car. Leg- and headroom in the second row aren’t my primary concern—I’d rather drive something that looks cool than something that’s more comfortable for those in the back seat. And the Kona delivers on that. Its youthful design and cool color options bring a different vibe, and that’s what I’m looking for at this stage of my life.

I’d go for the Limited trim with a Thunder Gray exterior and a Black with Lime interior; the green trim inside adds to the fun factor. Getting the Limited means you get the punchy 1.6-liter turbo engine and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. I’ve driven it many times over the past year and have been happy with the powertrain’s performance. With 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, the engine makes the Kona fun. Because I live in L.A. and don’t drive to the mountains often, I’d skip all-wheel drive.

The Limited trim comes well equipped. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard through a 7.0-inch touchscreen. There are four USB ports in total, which is more than enough for me, and it comes with leather seats, a push-button start, and a proximity key. As far as safety, the Limited has pretty much every feature except adaptive cruise control; that would be nice to have, but I don’t really need it. (Adaptive cruise control isn’t offered on any Kona trim level.)

Because I live 7 miles away from the office, I would lease the Kona Limited. Thankfully, I have very good credit, so if I put $2,000 down, I’m looking at paying somewhere around $260 per month for 36 months. This includes 12,000 miles every year, which is more than enough for me. Insurance in Southern California would be about $130 per month for the Kona, so that would put me around the $400 per month price mark, which fits my budget. And the best thing is, three years later I can choose a different model if my needs change.

As far as other SUVs I’d consider—the Honda CR-V is on the list. After all, I spent a year driving the CR-V LX and really enjoyed it. I’d also consider the Subaru Crosstrek, which is affordable, has good features, and would fit my surfboard. But I’d rather go for something that looks fresh and is fun to drive.

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2019 Kia Stinger: Why I’d Buy It – Alex Leanse

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:00

“What car should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would associate online editor Alex Leanse drive? Keep reading for the answer, and stay tuned to see other editors’ picks, too.

I love hybrids. No, I don’t mean cars that combine gas and electric power. More like fruits that meld two sweet varietals for a unique taste. Like the half-tangerine, half-grapefruit tangelo, the Range Rover Evoque SUV convertible looked great in bright orange. Crossing the Braeburn and Gala apples produced the Envy, also an emotion generated by the limousine-luxurious and supercar-quick BMW M760i. But the car I’d buy combines a banana-esque curving hatchback roofline with a bit of jalapeño performance heat: the Kia Stinger.

The car is a breakout for Kia and a real step away from its economy car roots. With engineering overseen by a former BMW M boss, the Stinger is a great driver, even with the basic 255-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 I’d choose. That engine doesn’t have power like the optional 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, but all Stingers share a rear- or all-wheel-drive chassis, which we said “feels lively and entertaining” no matter what’s under the hood. Handling is more important than power anyway—after all, it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, and with a 6.6-second 0–60 time, the slow Stinger, well, isn’t.

Given those looks, too, I’d be happy to walk up to the Stinger every day. Penned by the mastermind behind classics including the Audi TT, the Stinger seems to execute the low-slung, four-door-coupe-type look the best. With its sloping hatchback profile, the Stinger isn’t a sedan-ified extension of a two-door or a wagon-ized version of a four-door. The design works well enough that even without the more aggressive fascia on six-cylinder Stingers, there’s no danger of blending in.

Let’s focus on the Stinger’s shape—that practical hatchback shape. Its short deck and big window open as one to reveal a roomy cargo area. It has 23.3 cubic feet as standard, but I’d most often have the second row folded to take advantage of 40.9 cubes. That capacity makes it eminently usable, great for hauling my bike to a trailhead, carrying new flat-pack furniture, or a camping trip along canyon roads. I’d proudly defy crossover drivers by cramming the back full of stuff then whizzing away with a chirp of the rear tires.

At $33,985, the basic 2.0-liter trim I’d choose doesn’t pack all the sport-focused accoutrements of V-6 models. Besides a 110-hp power deficit, it lacks the Brembo brakes, electronically controlled suspension, limited-slip differential, and upgraded tires available on its counterpart. Some of those would be attainable with aftermarket parts, but driving a stock Stinger would still be fun. With its unique blend of usability and performance, it’s the type of hybrid I’d be stoked to spend my dollars on.

Other cars I’d consider: Mazda3 Hatchback, Volkswagen Golf GTI

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LXi REIT raises £200m for acquisitions

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 08:47
LXi REIT has raised around £200m – double the £100m target it set last month.
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GM Boosts Production of Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra HD Trucks

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 02:00

Last month, GM said it was investing $24 million at its Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana to increase production of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC 1500 pickups. Now, the automaker is anticipating high demand for its redesigned heavy-duty trucks, injecting $150 million into its Flint assembly plant in Michigan.

The Flint plant is shipping the first batch of redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks to dealers this week. Shown earlier this year, these trucks promise 52 percent greater maximum towing capacity than previous versions for a total of 35,500 pounds. The models also boast powertrain upgrades including a new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission for the 6.6-liter diesel engine, as well as more advanced cabin technologies.

The automaker has invested more than $1.6 billion in the Flint plant since 2013. With this cash, GM has been able to increase capacity of its HD pickups by around 40,000 vehicles per year.

A thousand new jobs were created this year at the Flint plant. Now the plant employs more than 5,000 workers. By the first half of next year, GM will have modified the plant’s conveyors and upgraded tooling to support increased production capacity for the trucks.

It remains to be seen how GM’s heavy-duty trucks perform on the sales charts. GM experienced one major disappointment: Ram surpassed Chevrolet to become the second most popular full-size truck brand in the first quarter of the year. But if you add Sierra sales in with Silverado sales, GM still has a lead over Ram in the full-size pickup race.

Source: GM

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Cindat brings in new buyers for Reuters HQ

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 00:00
The Chinese investor that bought 30 South Colonnade in Canary Wharf from the struggling HNA Group brought in two new buyers to complete the acquisition.
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Cindat flips Reuters HQ

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 00:00
The Chinese investor that bought 30 South Colonnade in Canary Wharf from the struggling HNA Group has flipped the asset less than a week after buying it.
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Orion more than doubles stake in intu to 9.2%

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 00:00
Orion Capital Managers has more than doubled its holding in shopping centre owner intu.
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British Land to lead £1bn Slough revamp

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 00:00
ADIA, owner of town’s two malls, appoints REIT to manage £1bn redevelopment
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Ranger Fighter: Is This Ram’s Dakota Midsize Successor?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 21:00

UPDATE: We may have jumped the gun with our Dodge Dakota successor theory, as previous spy shots of a similar prototype show what appears to be an independent rear suspension setup. It’s more likely a mule for the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which will be built at FCA’s Warren truck plant and is likely to share basic architecture with the Ram 1500. Still, a cool sight to see in our own neighborhood.

FCA can no longer ignore the booming global midsize truck market. It has the Jeep Gladiator now, but with its starting price of just over $35,000, that model isn’t an ideal competitor for mainstream variants of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and Ford Ranger—not to mention other small pickups sold around the world. In its five-year plan announced last year, FCA vowed to fill that gap with a midsize Ram truck, and we may have gotten our first look at it.

MotorTrend Group video production assistant Austin Cronkrite spotted this odd Ram 1500 wearing full camouflage in our backyard of Manhattan Beach, California, and had the good sense to snap a few pictures. We’re glad he did, because there’s definitely something going on with this mule. First, ignore those bed bars. They might be functional to some degree, but we think they’re just tacked on to throw us off the scent. What interests us most is what’s beneath the wheel wells.

From the profile view, it appears the rear wheel isn’t quite centered in the wheel well. The 2019 Ram 1500 Quad Cab has a wheelbase of 140.5 inches. The Jeep Gladiator, on the other hand, has a shorter 137.3-inch wheelbase. Could we be looking at a Ram 1500 body grafted to a Gladiator chassis? It’s possible, especially considering the Gladiator’s JT platform was co-developed by Ram. Further evidence that something’s up with this mule can be seen in the tailpipe, which is tucked beneath the bumper like the Gladiator (though the Jeep truck has its exhaust exiting on the driver’s side).

Though basing the Ram midsizer on a platform FCA already has seems like the easiest solution, there are some arguments against it. Recently, FCA CEO Mike Manley said the company is still deciding on a platform for the smaller Ram model. He said the automaker is looking to build the midsize Ram in a region with low production costs. Our intel suggests the JT platform could be too expensive for the rest of the world, and currently the Gladiator is built exclusively in the U.S. at Jeep’s plant in Toledo, Ohio. Still, it’s possible that building a JT-based Ram truck elsewhere in the world might net the cost savings needed for it to compete in other markets.

For now, all we know is there’s a weird Ram 1500 mule running around our neck of the woods. We’re very curious what it’s hiding, so you can bet we’ll be keeping an eye out for it in the future.

Scott Evans, Christian Seabaugh, and Alisa Priddle contributed to this post. 

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Refreshed 2020 Kia Cadenza Flaunts its New Mug in Korea

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 20:27

Remember the Kia Cadenza? That big front-drive sedan that slots below the Stinger? If you didn’t because of the current car’s conservative (yet tasteful) looks, that’s okay because you’re about to notice the big Korean sedan now thanks to its new look. The face-lifted 2020 Kia Cadenza, which recently debuted in its Korean home market as the K7, is now sporting some pretty significant updates that’ll surely draw a few stares.

The most prominent change in the refreshed 2020 Kia Cadenza is the front fascia, which now has a tiger nose grille that has doubled in size—literally. With slimmer headlights and reworked lower front fascia openings, the Cadenza’s face looks angrier than ever, especially with that oversized grille dominating the whole front end. Out back, the taillights are now wider, rounder, and connected by a single LED light strip. The once prominent chrome trim is now smaller and outlines the bottom of the light strip. The Z light pattern returns on the taillights; however, it features a curvier shape on the headlights and has been repositioned next to the grille instead of by the fenders to start a character line.

Inside, the cabin gets some minor updates including the addition of a large 12.3-inch touchscreen, the same unit from the larger K900. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster has been added, but that could be available only on higher trim levels. Kia replaced the traditional gear shifter with an electronic one, and the button layout on the center stack has also been updated to piano key-like switches.

Other key updates are mainly on the safety front. The 2020 Kia Cadenza receives blind spot view monitor that shows objects in your blind spot on the digital gauge cluster, rear automatic emergency braking, an updated lane centering system, and an upgraded adaptive cruise control system that uses the navigation system to help keep the car on the right path.

In North America, the Kia Cadenza only comes with a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic. Expect that powertrain to carry over for the refreshed 2020 model along with the same trim levels currently available.

Cadenza sales have been low in the U.S. for the last few years due to the decline of the large mainstream sedan segment. With consumer demand for more crossovers and SUVs, big sedans like the Cadenza are now niche vehicles over here. But the opposite is true in markets like Korea and China where the Cadenza and its cousin, the Hyundai Grandeur (formerly Azera in North America), are best sellers.

The refreshed 2020 Kia Cadenza will likely debut sometime this summer and could go on sale in North America before the end of the year.

Source: Kia

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Nearly 7K BMW SUVs, small cars recalled to fix airbag issues

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 18:00
A handful of new BMW crossover SUVs and small cars will be recalled next month to fix one of two airbag issues, according to documents filed by BMW with the NHTSA that were released Tuesday. The first recall covers the 2019 BMW X7 SUV, which may have been built with improperly head-protecting airbags that were improperly installed. According to...
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