NHTSA investigating Ford F-series Super Duty tailgates for opening without warning

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:45
Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck owners have found their tailgates have been flying open without warning while driving, according to complaints filed to the NHTSA. According to a report published by on Tuesday, the NHTSA has received multiple complaints from F-250 and F-350 owners claiming that the tailgate will open on its...
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LBS uses VR to secure green light for long-delayed £230m Canary Wharf resi-led scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:38
Developer LBS Properties has secured planning permission at appeal for a proposed 48-storey mixed-use development adjacent to Canary Wharf at Cubitt Property’s 225 Marsh Wall.
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BDP launches new modular construction initiative in Bristol

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:31
BDP Bristol has launched a new modular construction initiative called Gap Homes.
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Native confirms £250m development programme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:00
Aparthotel developer Native has announced a £250m programme for its new ‘lifestyle-led’ concept which will incorporate food and beverage, co-working and retail aspects into its hotel schemes.
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London office market strong in quarter three despite political uncertainty

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:50
London’s office market could at least match the record activity seen in 2017 this year after a strong third quarter, though a depleted stock pipeline highlights a decline in investment opportunities in the capital.
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Allsop seeks £7m for luxury London flat in October sale

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:49
The grade II-listed triplex apartment opposite Regent’s Park is one of the largest lots to be offered this year.
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Barnard Marcus auction raises £17m – £5m less than last year

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:36
Barnard Marcus raised £5m less at its sale this week than at the equivalent event in October 2017.
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2019 Lincoln MKC

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:12
The 2019 Lincoln MKC is back with a facelift and a nosejob, but not much else has changed for the entry-level luxury SUV. With a more refined, modern look, the MKC finally has the highbrow looks to match its Lincoln street cred. We rate the 2019 MKC 6.6 out of 10 overall for its attractive new design, quality materials, and finishes. (Read more...
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2019 Chrysler Pacifica

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:01
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is proof that America still knows minivans. The jack-of-all-trades family hauler remains unchanged for 2019, which means it keeps all the things that made Best Car to Buy 2017. The Pacifica elevates the minivan aesthetic with a sleek, attractive design that all but hides its utilitarian underpinnings. The 2019 Pacifica...
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BNP Paribas expands West End investment team

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:48
BNP Paribas Real Estate has expanded its London markets team with the appointment of Paul McNair from Fineman Ross.
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PLA appoints two new honorary members

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:55
The Property Litigation Association (PLA) has appointed Jeremy Hudson, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, and Katie Bradford, head of property and finance litigation at Linklaters, as honorary members.
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QIA takes control of Colonial in €718m SFL investment

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:11
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund QIA has become the largest shareholder of Spanish listed real estate giant Colonial via a major share swap and capital increase.
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The 13 Quickest Compact Crossovers Under $40,000

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:00

Small crossovers are best known for offering a mix of value and utility in a manageable size. They’re less known for offering rousing acceleration. But even so, there are plenty of right-sized crossovers that won’t let you down when you lay into the right pedal. Here are the quickest compact crossovers under $40,000 that Motor Trend has tested.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Starting price: $38,790
0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
Quarter mile: 16.2 seconds at 85.9 mph

One of the more accessible Land Rover models, the Discovery Sport features a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 from the Ingenium family. Despite the added heft of its standard all-wheel-drive system, the engine offers good punch even in its base 237-hp guise. Like the larger Discovery, the Discovery Sport is available in a standard five-seat configuration or a 5+2 layout, giving you room for seven in a pinch.

Jeep Cherokee 2.0T Trailhawk

Starting price: $34,965
0-60 mph: 7.6 seconds
Quarter mile: 16.0 seconds at 85.9 mph

FCA’s new Hurricane 2.0-liter turbo I-4 gives the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee a much needed torque boost that improves its straight-line performance on pavement. The added torque also helps off-road for crawling over large obstacles without needing to wring out the engine. With the optional Trailer Tow package, turbocharged Cherokees can haul up to 4,000 pounds of payload.

Honda CR-V Touring 1.5T AWD

Starting price: $35,145 (LX 2.4: $25,245)
0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds (LX 2.4: 7.7 seconds)
Quarter mile: 15.8 seconds at 89.0 mph (LX 2.4: 16.0 seconds at 88.4 mph)

Smooth power delivery defines the Honda CR-V’s powertrain, especially with the 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four. Minimal turbo lag and a smartly tuned CVT combine to deliver better acceleration than you’d expect from a car with less than 200 hp. Even the base model with a 2.4-liter I-4 driving just the front wheels gives up little to its turbocharged counterpart in straight-line performance, coming in only a few ticks behind.

Ford Escape 2.0 EcoBoost Titanium AWD

Starting price: $34,485
0-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.7 seconds at 85.0 mph

The most powerful Ford Escape comes with a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4, giving you punchy acceleration during your commute. That engine also makes 275 lb-ft of torque, which is one reason why the Escape is rated on the higher end of the compact crossover towing spectrum at up to 3,500 pounds.

Mini Countryman S ALL4

Starting price: $32,250
0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.5 seconds at 88.1 mph

Small in stature but packed with character, the Mini Countryman S ALL4 gives you all-weather traction, a gutsy turbo engine, and sporty handling in a practical, city-friendly package. Despite its 189-hp rating, the Countryman S’ 2.0-liter turbo-four delivers good acceleration and its 207 lb-ft of torque is available early in the rev range so passing power is always there.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic

Starting price: $35,950
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.3 seconds at 90.3 mph

Mercedes’ smallest crossover doesn’t skimp when it comes to straight-line performance. The GLA 250 4Matic offers plenty of torque down low from its 2.0-liter turbo I-4 and gets you to highway speeds with minimal fuss. Put the car in Sport mode for improved responsiveness and quicker shifts from the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Lexus NX 300

Starting price: $37,180
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.3 seconds at 91.0 mph

Lexus’ first compact crossover was the original recipient of its 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is rated at 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although the 2018 NX 300 weighs nearly 4,000 pounds, the little turbo engine gives it respectable acceleration, and the abundant low-end torque might even convince you there’s a small V-6 underneath the hood.

BMW X1 xDrive28i

Starting price: $36,895
0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.2 seconds at 90.5 mph

The first BMW model to move to a front-drive platform was the X1, making it a relative to the Mini Countryman. Unlike its quirky British cousin, the BMW X1 comes standard with more power from the same 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is rated at 228 hp and 258 lb-ft, giving it better straight-line performance.

Volvo XC40 T5 AWD

Starting price: $39,195
0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.1 seconds at 90.9 mph

Volvo’s smallest crossover, the XC40, is stylish and sensible, but also surprisingly quick. With 248 hp and 258 lb-ft on tap from its 2.0-liter turbo I-4, the XC40 T5 AWD offers plenty of passing power, all while looking like no other crossover on the road.

Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T AWD

Starting price: $33,995
0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds
Quarter mile: 15.2 seconds at 92.1 mph

Smaller than its predecessor, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox ditched the V-6 in favor of a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four as its most powerful engine option. Despite the drop in output, the Equinox’s lighter curb weight offsets it, giving it strong acceleration that will make you forget about the previous model’s six-cylinder when you hit the throttle.

BMW X2 xDrive28i

Starting price: $39,395
0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
Quarter mile: 14.9 seconds at 92.9 mph

The BMW X2 is the less practical and more expensive sibling of the X1, but it’s tuned for a sportier driving experience. As a result, it offers better handling when the road gets twisty and superior straight-line acceleration. Credit the X2’s lighter curb weight and stickier rubber for the improved performance.

Infiniti QX30

Starting price: $30,945
0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
Quarter mile: 14.9 seconds at 93.7 mph

The Infiniti QX30 is closely related to the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, sharing the same engine, transmission, and chassis. However, due to Infiniti having its own powertrain calibration, the QX30’s transmission shifts more smoothly and the car is quicker to accelerate. The QX30S, which is the most expensive trim, also features a lowered suspension with a unique calibration, giving it more car-like handling.

Mini Countryman S E ALL4

Starting price: $37,750
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
Quarter mile: 14.6 seconds at 88.3 mph

Yes, the quickest compact crossover under $40,000 is a plug-in hybrid, and it has one of the smallest gas engines available, too. The Mini Countryman S E ALL4 pairs a 1.5-liter turbo I-3 to an electric motor and a six-speed automatic for a combined output of 221 hp and 284 lb-ft. With instant electric torque, this fun-sized utility vehicle gets off the line swiftly, making it perfect for darting through city traffic.

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Crest Nicholson issues profit warning as Brexit bites

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:58
Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has warned profits will be lower than expected because buyers have been put off by “political and economic uncertainties” as Brexit approaches.
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Barratt makes solid start to its financial year

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:39
The UK’s largest housebuilder Barratt Developments has said it made a strong start to the new fiscal year as housing demand remained robust.
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Apache secures £58.5m loan on The Lexington in Liverpool

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:24
Apache Capital Partners has secured a four-year £58.5m loan from LaSalle Investment Management to help fund The Lexington build-to-rent (BTR) scheme in Liverpool.
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E-commerce demand boosts rental income at Segro

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:06
Rental income at Segro surged 43% in the first nine months of the year as demand for logistics space from online retailers continued to grow.
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GM recalls its full-size Chevy, GMC vans over fire risk

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:01
General Motors on Tuesday said that it will recall about 30,000 full-size vans to trim insulation around electrical components that could catch fire. The recall covers 2016 through 2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans fitted with a specific type of rear climate control system. In those vans, GM said that it identified electrical wiring...
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2019 Nissan Titan

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:01
The 2019 Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck that gets the basics right: it’s a hauler with plenty of power and a spacious cab. What it doesn’t do is offer many compelling reasons for loyal truck buyers to jump ship after years behind the wheel of its chief rivals. We land at a 4.5 out of 10 for Titan, awarding it praise for its...
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Commercial property lending soars 27% in H1 despite flat investment market

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 01:01
New lending in the UK commercial property market in the first six months of 2018 increased sharply even though the investment market was largely flat, the Cass Business School UK Commercial Real Estate Lending Report has revealed.
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