Lipault Paris ups London presence with trio of new stores

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:43
Upscale French luggage company Lipault Paris has significantly increased its presence in London with a trio of new stores.
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Majority of real estate investors ‘unsettled’ by capital gains tax changes

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:14
Nearly two thirds (61%) of real estate investors are concerned about recent changes to UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT) according to a new industry-wide survey.
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CBRE brings in Baytree's Priestley as logistics senior director

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:11
CBRE has hired Baytree Logistics Properties founder Jonathan Priestley as a new senior director for its UK industrial & logistics team.
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Khan backs plans to build 10,000 new council homes

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:35
The Mayor of London has unveiled plans to use £1.67bn of funding to support local councils’ plans to build 10,000 new homes over the next four years.
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Agents appointed on south east London's largest spec dev

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:28
First Panattoni and Savills IM have appointed Glenny LLP, DTRE and Savills as joint agents on the largest speculative development in south east London and Kent, Belvedere Wharf.
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A2Dominion secures £150m funding

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:24
Residential property group A2Dominion has secured £150m across three separate loans from MUFG, BNP Paribas and HSBC.
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Hotel double deal for Dalata in Bristol and Birmingham

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:49
Dalata Hotel Group has agreed forward lettings on a pair of UK hotels to be constructed over the next three years for its Maldron Hotel brand in Birmingham and its Clayton Hotel brand in Bristol.
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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch Long-Term Update 4: Size Matters, Part 2

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:00

The last update dealt with the downsides to living in the big city with an even bigger truck. To recap, I’m meeting a colleague for lunch in downtown Los Angeles, and I’m already dreading parking the mountainous Ford, as most parking garages have a height limit of 6-foot-8, and the F-250 Crew Cab is … 6-foot-8. But that was the last update. This one is concerned with the many upsides to the F-250’s formidable bulk. Towing and carrying capacity aside, allow me to list a few of the large benefits of largesse, as well as a couple of tricks Ford figured out to mask the big guy’s (massive) figure.

You’ll never lose it. Unless someone has jacked his or her truck up to the heavens, the Super Duty is the tallest vehicle in the lot. Case in point: A group of us parent types took our wee ones to see the Muppets perform at the Hollywood Bowl. If you’ve never been to a performance at the Bowl, know that leaving is literally chaos: 17,500 of your fellow not-necessarily-sober Angelenos all simultaneously make for the exit within one second of “Thank you, and goodnight!” Large groups get separated, and rendezvous points are few, far between, and likely covered in barf.

“Just meet us at my truck,” I told everyone so we could wait out the parking jam in unison. “How will we know which truck?” my friend Julie asked. “You’ll know,” I said. With a single click of the unlock button, the front of the F-250 lights up like a mini sun. I never understood the real purpose the orange lights atop the cab until that moment. Standing like a beacon in the dusk, all parties easily found my truck, and a couple of the kids horsed around in the bed while we waited. AMG lent me an alien slime green G65 for a few weeks once. This Ford is easier to spot.

I can’t really tell you how many times I’ve had conversations with folks that end with me saying, “OK, you don’t need an SUV. What you need is a wagon.” The response, 99 times out of 100 is, “But I like to sit up high so I can see over traffic.” I chuckle to myself about these Groundhog Day discussions each and every time I look down into a BMW X5’s sunroof. Or notice that the Super Duty’s hood is taller than a Lexus RX 350’s roof. You know what? Because we now live in a country where SUVs outsell sedans (8.3 million to 6.1 million), if you really want to see above everyone else, the F-250 is your best option.

Then there’s parking. Yes, obviously this Ford is simply too big not only for many spaces but also for many lots. I’ve gotten used to parking several blocks away and walking. Good for me, too. However, Ford has done a remarkable job of making this monster truck as easy to park as possible. Many vehicles have “around view” or “360 degree” cameras—systems where four camera angles are stitched together to give you a God’s-eye view of your vehicle and what it’s about to bash into—but none that I’ve used work as well as this Ford’s. Of course, none are as needed or needed as frequently. Regardless, I can essentially park this rig anywhere, even the draconically cruel lot at my kid’s day care. One gripe: When you shift from reverse to drive, the camera goes away. You can reactivate it by pushing the camera button on the upper right-hand corner of the dash (memorize that location—you’re gonna need it), but I wish it would just automatically flip the camera on. Like the way Audis work, for instance.

There’s a certain luxury in size. Perhaps it would be better if I wrote there’s a certain American luxury that comes with size. Sure, when you opt for the King Ranch (or above) trim level, Ford saddles the seats up with heat, air, and massage. Just like a gaggle of BMWs and Cadillacs and Mercedes I could name. But forget the gizmos; it’s the sheer scale of the interior that makes the Super Duty a luxury vehicle. Remember, we’re talking about a truck so large that you actually have to bend forward in your seat to get your hand on the parking brake release. (Pro-tip: You can actually use your left foot to disengage the parking brake in lieu of grabbing it.) The F-250 Super Duty is a rolling representation of the luxury of space, the pleasure of being able to stretch out. From any seat in the house, too. Rear-seat legroom? I’ve been in limos with less. Dare I say there’s a certain freedom to all the acreage? I do dare, indeed.

Read more about our 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty here:

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2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2.0 First Test: Ready for the Wilderness

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:00

Most crossovers share their underpinnings with traditional cars, and their capabilities only go as far as a dirt road leading to a campsite. What if you’d like to go farther? Crawl through a rocky trail? Or even traverse a stream to get to that spot where you’ll wake up with an epic sunrise after a long night? Jeep has you covered with the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk, a crossover that’s at home on the highway and off the beaten path.

For the 2019 model year, the Jeep Cherokee received a major refresh. Gone is the controversial tiered headlight design with LED running lights and turn signals up high and the main headlight cluster separated, right below it. Instead, the crossover has a single cluster with a more conventional look. Because the Trailhawk model has different bumpers for improved approach, departure, and breakover angles, its foglights are smaller LED units positioned closer to the main headlight cluster.

The most notable addition to the 2019 Cherokee is an available 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. At the track, our tester hit 60 mph in 7.6 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at 85.9 mph. Associate road test editor Erick Ayapana liked that the turbo engine meshed well with the transmission, which shifted smoothly and holds revs close to redline before shifting. Stopping from 60 mph took 139 feet. Ayapana found that although the Cherokee dives under hard braking, it has great body control and pedal feel.

On the skidpad, the 2019 Cherokee generated 0.76 g of lateral acceleration. It finished the figure eight in 27.8 seconds with a 0.61g average. Road test editor Chris Walton noted that the Cherokee had good brake bite and that it cornered flatter than expected for an off-road-oriented crossover. However, Walton also observed that the transmission is slow to respond in manual mode and would sometimes reject your shifts.

Because the Cherokee Trailhawk is an off-road-oriented model, its suspension has been revised and raised by an inch compared to the standard model, and it wears 17-inch alloy wheels shod in all-terrain tires with more sidewall. Total ground clearance is 8.7 inches, giving the Cherokee plenty of room to clear large obstacles. All four-wheel-drive-equipped Cherokees get a rear axle disconnect feature for improved fuel economy. When you upgrade to the Active Drive II system, it adds a Neutral mode and a four-low setting. Trailhawk models build on that with the Active Drive Lock four-wheel-drive system that adds a locking rear differential and Rock mode.

Despite its off-road-tuned suspension, the Cherokee Trailhawk rides comfortably on pavement and dispatches imperfections well. The all-terrain tires do make a significant amount of road noise, and there’s also some wind noise coming from the passenger-side A-pillar. The SUV’s handling is secure, but its steering is vague and slow. Off the beaten path, the Cherokee Trailhawk is in its element; you can clear obstacles that would cause less capable crossovers to lose their bumpers, or cross reasonably deep bodies of water without the risk of flooding. Put the Cherokee in four-low and select Rock mode, and it will crawl over everything except for trails that require a more specialized vehicle like the Wrangler.

FCA’s punchy new 2.0-liter turbo-four suits the Cherokee well on and off pavement, offering plenty of power for passing, merging, and climbing up grades. Turbo lag is minimal and doesn’t detract from the driving experience. With smooth shifts on all driving condition, the ZF nine-speed automatic is much improved over its previous iterations. This is a step up over the unit in our long-departed long-term Cherokee, which had its transmission reflashed three times. The new Cherokee’s transmission could be quicker to respond to your inputs, but thankfully the engine’s torque doesn’t always require a downshift when passing slower traffic. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/26 mpg city/highway, which is good considering the 2.0-liter turbo-four’s output, and the Cherokee’s curb weight of more than two tons. Powertrain noise is minimal, even at full throttle.

Jump inside the Cherokee’s cabin, and you’ll find FCA’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system. The unit in our tester didn’t have an onboard navigation, but it did have an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Like its predecessors, the latest version of Uconnect is easy to use thanks to its responsive touchscreen and shortcut buttons. Most functions, including climate control and heated/ventilated seat controls, are found in the touchscreen, but they’re not buried within hard-to-find menus.

Android Auto gives you access to apps like Waze, Spotify, Google Maps, Pandora, and Google Play Music. Our tester, however, had a minor hiccup with Google Maps, which kept thinking we were in Moab, Utah, before eventually realizing that we were in Los Angeles. Instead, we used Waze to get us around Los Angeles’ gridlocked roads, and it worked wonderfully, telling us about road hazards ahead of time and providing quicker alternative routes to our destination.

The 2019 Cherokee offers generous space for four passengers, but five will fit in a pinch. Comfort levels for front and rear passengers are respectable, but the front seats’ lumbar is a little too aggressive even if you dial it down all the way. Otherwise the front seats hold you in place well when you get off the pavement and start playing in the dirt.

Cargo capacity in the 2019 Cherokee is 25.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats or 27.6 cubic feet with the cargo floor lowered. Need extra space? Fold the rear seats, and cargo space expands to 54.7 cubic feet. That’s behind many cars in its class. With the rear seats down, the Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Equinox have about 60 cubic feet, and the Honda CR-V and 2018 Toyota RAV4 are even larger at more than 70 cubic feet. Even the smaller Jeep Compass has more maximum cargo capacity at 59.8 cubic feet. For added flexibility, the Cherokee’s rear seats slide forward and back. Trailhawk models come with a full-size spare tire, which deletes the two-level cargo floor.

Solid off-road capability is hard to come by in the compact crossover class; many entries are soft-roaders that will spend most of their time on pavement. The Jeep Cherokee is one of the few compact crossovers that offers you more capability when the road ends. In Trailhawk guise, the Cherokee becomes a rig that’ll get you far into the wilderness. Sure, it isn’t as capable as the Jeep Wrangler, but in its segment, there aren’t many—if any—that can touch its off-road chops while still remaining comfortable on pavement.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 BASE PRICE $34,515 PRICE AS TESTED $41,650 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 2.0L/270-hp/295-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 9-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,389 lb (57/43%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 182.9 x 74.9 x 67.8 in 0-60 MPH 7.6 sec QUARTER MILE 16.0 sec @ 85.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 139 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.76 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.8 sec @ 0.61 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 17.7/26.4/20.8 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 20/26/22 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 169/130 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.87 lb/mile

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Taylor Wimpey jumps 3.9% on news of dividend pay out

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:58
Shares in Taylor Wimpey rose 3.9% on the FTSE 100 to 309.50p on Tuesday, after the house builder announced it will pay out an additional £100m annually in dividends as well as a one off £350m pay out next year.
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Dual-Clutch or 10-Speed Automatic?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:00

We’ve heard a lot about the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine, but so far we’ve only heard unsubstantiated rumors about its transmission. The video below doesn’t solve that mystery, although it does appear to be proof the GT500 will change gears automatically. Whether that’s through a dual-clutch or traditional torque converter automatic is up for debate.

The video, posted this week by the folks at enthusiast forum Mustang6G, shows a camouflaged Mustang testing on the street. The wingless prototype looks a lot like the one we spotted last month, but in this video, we can hear it running. The shooter captured the car taking off from a stop several times, and each time the transmission upshifts through second and third gear very quickly—too quick to be a manual. The gearbox’s rush to get into a higher gear reminds us of the 10-speed automatic currently offered on the regular Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet already uses a version of that transmission in the 650-hp Camaro ZL1, so we know it can handle track duty. Using the 10-speed on the GT500 would also probably reduce Ford’s development costs, but the rumor we’ve heard for the past several months has been that Ford will use a seven-speed dual-clutch like the Getrag unit found in the Ford GT. Either transmission would be capable of the quick shifts we hear in this video, so it’s difficult to tell which one it is.

But while the GT500’s transmission remains a mystery, we know more about the rest of the car. Thanks to a couple of leaks, it’s probably a safe bet that the GT500 will pack a supercharged variant of the GT350’s flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8. And thanks to Ford, we know the car will pump out more than 700 hp.

The GT500 will make its official debut in 2019, so there’s plenty of time for more info to trickle out. In the meantime, check out the video below and draw your own conclusions on the Shelby GT500’s quick-shifting transmission.

Source: Mustang6G via YouTube

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2019 Honda Insight Rolls Off the Line

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:45

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight stealthily rolled off the line at the marque’s Greensburg, Indiana, plant. Honda’s handsome hybrid thankfully looks nothing like either of its predecessors, which should bode well for future sales.

The third-generation hybrid arrives at dealers in June and will slot nicely between the Civic and Accord in Honda’s sedan lineup.

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a two-motor hybrid system provides a combined 151 hp for the five-seater. Honda claims it can average 55 mpg in the city—not too shabby.

“The new Honda Insight exemplifies our growing investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America and our associates in Indiana are proud to play a key role in this initiative,” said Isao Matsuzaki, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, in a statement. “As the lead plant for Insight production globally, we are committed to delivering the quality and reliability that our customers expect.”

LX, EX, and Touring trims will be offered and standard tech goodies include Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology, and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster. Another big bonus is that the 2019 Insight is Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-friendly.

The Insight will be assembled in Greensburg on the same production line as the Civic and CR-V, says Honda. It is Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle launched in the past two years after the 2019 Accord Hybrid and Clarity series.

Pricing hasn’t been announced at this time, so we’ll get back to you on that when the Insight goes on sale next month.

Source: Honda

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Priced From $19,385

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 18:45

Hyundai has released pricing for the 2019 Veloster, with the base model equipped with the standard six-speed manual starting at $19,385 including destination. The Veloster Turbo starts at $23,785 for the R-Spec trim, which comes only with the manual. All Veloster models now come with an independent suspension setup all around.

Standard equipment on the base Veloster includes  forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera and two USB ports. Moving up to the Premium grade adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, a sunroof, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, blind spot warning, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The base Veloster and Veloster Premium are powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque paired to either a six-speed manual or for an extra $1,000, a six-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings are 25/33 mpg city/highway for the stick and 27/34 mpg for the automatic.

Moving up to the Veloster Turbo R-Spec gets you all the standard features from the Veloster Premium and builds on it with high beam assist and LED low beam headlights but loses the sunroof and blind spot warning. Moving up to the Turbo model with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic does give you back those features plus rear cross-traffic alert and lumbar adjustment for the driver seat. The range-topping turbo Ultimate is the only one available with a two-tone roof, full leather upholstery, a head-up display, built-in navigation, and adaptive cruise control if yo opt for the automatic. The most expensive Veloster model, the automatic-equipped Turbo Ultimate, rings in at $29,035.

Turbo variants come with their own unique suspension and steering calibrations, and an active sound enhancer that pipes in engine sounds through the speakers. Manual-equipped Turbo models comes standard with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer performance tires while automatic-equipped ones make do with all-season rubber. Under the hood of the Veloster Turbo is an updated 1.6-liter turbo-four with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft, and an overboost feature that increases torque to 202 lb-ft for a short time. EPA fuel economy ratings for the Veloster Turbo are 26/33 mpg with the six-speed manual and 28/34 mpg with the automatic.

Hyundai hasn’t released pricing for the range-topping Veloster N yet, which is expected to arrive before the end of 2018. Like the i30N in other markets, the Veloster N is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four with up to 275 hp and 260 lb-ft. It comes exclusively with a six-speed manual with automatic rev matching. Adaptive dampers also come standard and an optional Performance package adds an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero summer performance tires specific to Hyundai’s N cars.

Source: Hyundai

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Major north east letting sees Premofab move to Clearbell's Lingfield Point

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:10
Clearbell Capital has let 132,000 sq ft of warehousing space at Lingfield Point in Darlington to Premofab in one of the North East’s biggest lettings of the year.
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2019 Acura RDX Production Begins in Ohio

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:00

The third-generation Acura RDX debuted at this year’s New York auto show, and now the crossover has started production at Honda’s East Liberty Plant in Ohio. Acura says the RDX is the first of a new generation of products built with the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance slogan in mind, and also the first to benefit from a $54 million investment in the East Liberty Plant.

That investment has led to new tech at the facility, including a roller hemming process for the RDX’s panoramic moonroof, high-performance structural adhesives, sound-deadening spray foam, and a new multi-layer paint system. The RDX’s engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 related to the units powering the Honda Civic Type R and upper-trim Accord models, comes from Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio. It makes 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and next-gen Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

In addition to the new drivetrain, the RDX has a redesigned interior that features a 10.2-inch screen with a new console-mounted True Touchpad Interface. All 2019 RDX models will come standard with advanced driver assist features including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2019 Acura RDX hits dealer lots this June.

Source: Acura

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Despite government efforts, keyless ignitions linked to carbon monoxide deaths

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 15:58
Keyless ignition systems that use start buttons to let drivers to leave key fobs in their pockets provide a lot of convenience, but a new report sheds light on a failed government effort to prevent users from accidentally leaving their cars on. The New York Times reported Sunday that at least 20 deaths have been linked to carbon monoxide poisoning...
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2019 Toyota C-HR, 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid driven, Chevy Bolt EV in Canada: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 15:30
Slice and dice: 2019 Toyota C-HR adds Apple CarPlay plus new LE, Limited trim levels The 2019 Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover lineup triples in breadth for the new model year and all variants gain standard Apple CarPlay compatibility. Self-driving vans ready to shuttle riders in Dallas suburb this summer After-work happy hour will never be the...
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Court rules Mishcon de Reya liable for breach of trust in landmark case

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:35
The Court of Appeal ruled today that Mishcon de Reya was liable for breach of trust after failing to make Dreamvar, the real estate buyer, aware of a fraudster posing as a seller.
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Court rules Mishcon de Reya liable of breach of trust in landmark case

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:35
The Court of Appeal ruled today that Mishcon de Reya was liable after failing to make Dreamvar, the real estate buyer, aware of a fraudster posing as a seller
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Court rules Mishcon de Raya liable of breach of trust in landmark case

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:35
The Court of Appeal ruled today that Mishcon de Raya was liable after failing to make Dreamvar, the real estate buyer, aware of a fraudster posing as a seller
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