Galliard launches £500m Birmingham push

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:20
Galliard Homes has joined forces with Apsley House Capital with plans for a £500m push into the Birmingham residential market.
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Target posts NAV rise

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:03
Target Healthcare has posted a 1.9% rise in net asset value (NAV) for the three months to 30 September.
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2019 Volkswagen Golf

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:01
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is what we would all drive if we were all rational people. We’re not, so we buy three-row SUVs to take to Kroger and convertibles for family cars. We’re imperfect. So is the VW Golf, but not as much as we are. On our scale, the 2019 Golf rates 6.6 out of 10. That figure is for the lineup as a whole, but...
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2019 Infiniti Q50

The Car Connection News Feed - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00
Fierce competition has left a bevy of good compact luxury car choices for shoppers like the 2019 Infiniti Q50. While crossovers like the Infiniti QX50 get more attention, the Q50 remains a compelling value among sedans. We give the Q50 a 6.2 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks and relatively strong value. (Read more about how we rate...
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“Little Red” Ford Shelby Mustang Prototype Makes California Special Appearance

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 19:15

Remember that experimental Ford Shelby GT500 Prototype nicknamed “Little Red” that was discovered rusting away in a Texas field earlier this year? Well, the long lost experimental notchback coupe makes its triumphant return to the West Coast at Shelby Legendary Cars in Irvine, California, today.

The legendary muscle car prototype is the star of the grand opening of Shelby’s latest location and we got a sneak peek at its unveiling. Members of the original Shelby American team will answer questions about the carmaker and a documentary crew will be on hand to film anyone who can help shed light on the history of the Shelby prototype on Saturday, October 13.

“We’re very grateful that Craig Jackson agreed to give Shelby Legendary Cars the chance to debut Little Red on the West Coast for the first time since its astounding discovery,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars in a statement.

“Little Red is an extraordinarily important piece of American automotive history and exemplifies the passion for Ford and Shelby performance vehicles. Craig will be one of our special guests during our Open House and will give enthusiasts the chance to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime find.”

The big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of “experimental” cars created by Ford and Shelby. It featured a restyled body and had a Paxton supercharger added to the big-block engine. The prototype eventually became the model for the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special before it disappeared for decades.

“We’re excited to bring Little Red to the West Coast for the first time since we discovered it earlier this year,” said Jackson. “This legendary vehicle has its roots in California, where Shelby American and Ford Motor Company turned it into an important development car. It’s especially fitting that Little Red will be surrounded by so many other vehicles that share its special Ford and Shelby-powered heritage.”

Information about the car’s discovery and upcoming restoration will be documented at If you are in Southern California, Shelby Legendary Cars’ open house will be held at 1 Whatney in Irvine. The event  is open to the public from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

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2019 Mini Countryman

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:00
Brands can stretch too far. In rare cases like the 2019 Mini Countryman, the biggest Mini on offer gets the same spunk as the adorable Cooper, applied to a more useful crossover body that mainstream buyers want. All good things. In other cases, brandalism can end up like “Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul.” The 2019...
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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 BMW X5

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 00:08

Entering its fourth generation, the BMW X5 receives a new architecture, new engines, and an optional off-road package. Design changes are more subtle, but all together, they contribute to a more refined look compared to its predecessor. The question is: Did BMW go far enough given this is a full redesign and not a midcycle refresh?

The front face of the 2019 BMW X5 retains the same basic design, with a few changes. The headlights are no longer connected to the kidney grilles, which are taller than before. The new model boasts standard adaptive LED headlights, and optional laser lamps add a blue x-shaped signature. You’ll also notice the lower vents command more space than before, particularly on the sides. Lighting elements have been incorporated more subtly into front end.

Take a peek at the side profile, and you’ll hardly notice the X5 has grown in size. The model is just 1.1 inches longer, 2.6 inches wider, and slightly lower, with a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. There is a new character line that runs from behind the front wheel through the front door, turning up sharply when it reaches the rear door. This effect contributes to the model’s new, more prominent wheel arches. Standard xLine models feature aluminum side window surrounds and chrome accents, while M Sport versions come with black side window trim, bumper trim, body-color side skirts, bigger wheels, and other updates.

In the rear, the only change you’re likely to notice is the new taillights. They’re thinner than before, and unlike the old taillights, they aren’t disturbed by the cut lines of the trunk. BMW also redesigned the rear bumper area and lower lights.

You would think the cabin would look more distinct from its predecessor, but in reality, the two interiors look similar. That is, the cabin is dominated by a large central touchscreen, and the general layout is the same. Look closer and you’ll find there is a new shifter and a simpler array of buttons on the center console. The new model features BMW’s next-generation iDrive operating system, with a 12.3-inch center screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that modernizes the cabin. Instead of hard physical buttons, the round iDrive controller is surrounded by haptic controls.

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McLaren Speedtail Will Make More Than 986 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 22:22

McLaren is revealing more details about the Speedtail ahead of its debut, which we now know takes place later this month on October 26. It also put out this teaser image that previews the Speedtail’s sinewy body.

The spiritual successor to the F1 will make more than 986 hp from a gas-electric powertrain, McLaren confirmed today. As we previously reported, the model will have a central driver seat and two passenger seats on either side, and it will exceed the 243-mph top speed of the F1 road car. The model’s exact top speed will be announced upon the Speedtail’s reveal, but we know it will be the highest of any McLaren ever.

From the teaser image, we can see the car will have a sculpted and low-slung rear end. Other than that, McLaren promises, “Its design will be futuristic and highly streamlined, incorporating exquisite new materials to facilitate limitless possibilities for tailoring through McLaren Special Operations (MSO).”

Only 106 cars are being produced, the same number of F1s that were sold. Each Speedtail commands a price of £1.75 million, which equates to roughly $2.3 million at current exchange rates. Unsurprisingly, all copies of the hyper grand tourer have been spoken for. Production will begin at the end of 2019.

The McLaren Speedtail will be revealed to the lucky 106 customers at a private event in London. The rest of us will see it debut online at on October 26.

Source: McLaren

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Next Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Offer Level 3 Autonomy

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:30

Audi beat its German rivals when it introduced the world’s first Level 3 autonomous system in the A8 sedan. In 2020, Mercedes-Benz will step up to the plate with its own Level 3 technology for the next-generation S-Class.

After coming to the S-Class, the autonomous system will trickle down to lower tier vehicles in the Mercedes lineup, says Ola Kallenius, Daimler’s head of research who is slated to become CEO of Daimler and Mercedes next year.

The current S-Class falls under Level 2 autonomy. These systems can assist in steering, acceleration, and deceleration, but the driver remains in charge of monitoring the driving environment at all times. Level 3 systems are considered “eyes off,” but they still require humans to respond to a vehicle’s request to intervene when necessary. The use of Level 3 technology also depends on where you live. Germany recently approved systems like Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot for use on its roads, but regulatory hurdles in the U.S. could get in the way of a full Level 3 system being offered here initially. General Motors’ Super Cruise feature available in the Cadillac CT6 is nearly a Level 3 system, though it requires you to keep your eyes forward at all times. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Autopilot feature is said to be capable of Level 5 autonomy when equipped with Hardware 2, but the system is currently restricted to Level 2 operation until regulations allow for more automation.

In 2021, BMW will join the party with a Level 3 autonomous system for the iNext electric vehicle. It will upgrade to Level 4 automation in as little as a year later. At this level, the vehicle can operate itself almost all of the time.

We have spotted prototypes of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class with an updated exterior and interior design. It may pack a revised version of the automaker’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, but we hear it won’t be getting a V-12 option. It might receive mild hybridization like the new CLS, and it should continue to use a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription required)

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Mazda CX-5 Gets Turbo Engine in Japan

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 19:54

A leaked document from last month hinted at the Mazda CX-5 getting a turbocharged engine in North America. Now, Mazda has released official information on a turbocharged CX-5 for Japan, providing us more clues on what to expect from the U.S.-spec version.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four makes around 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque for the updated Japanese model. Should it come to the U.S., it will provide more power than the current model’s 2.5-liter inline-four that makes 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque.

The CX-5 is the first Mazda in Japan to receive a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. In the U.S., Mazda has already put a 2.5-liter turbo into the new Mazda6 and CX-9.

As we reported earlier, the CX-5 will receive an advanced version of the automaker’s G-Vectoring Control. As always, this system reduces torque to shift the vehicle’s weight to the front tires, improving cornering response as well as steering. But now, the system also uses the brakes to add direct yaw movement control to increase stability. As the driver returns the steering wheel to the center position while steering out of a corner, the updated technology applies braking force to the outer wheels to help the vehicle return to straight-line driving. Mazda says this tech is particularly helpful in emergency collision avoidance maneuvers, on slippery surfaces, or even just while changing lanes on the highway. In the Japanese press release, Mazda says it will roll out GVC Plus to all of its models.

The Japanese release also indicates the return of the CX-5 diesel, although that’s no indication it’s coming to the U.S. The aforementioned leaked documents from Mazda Canada make no mention of a diesel CX-5. For the first time in Japan, the diesel CX-5 receives a six-speed manual transmission. Mazda had promised a diesel CX-5 for the U.S., and despite an EPA listing for a 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel on its website, it’s unclear when the model will actually reach our shores.

The Japanese CX-5 also gets a new Exclusive Mode special edition with Nappa leather and real wood. We don’t know if this would come to the U.S., but the earlier leaked documents mention a new Signature grade that will likely top the lineup. Other updates for the Japanese CX-5 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and redesigned switches and dials.

A Mazda spokesman declined to comment on the possibility of a turbo CX-5 coming to the U.S. But we have a feeling we’ll learn more soon since the model is due for an update.

Source: Mazda

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CEG submits plans for £79m central Manchester redevelopment

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:22
CEG has submitted a planning application for a £79m redevelopment of a 1960s office block in central Manchester.
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U.S. to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:35
With many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it will plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of “adaptive driving beam” headlights...
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2019 Lexus IS

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:35
The 2019 Lexus IS takes on compact sports sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Angular styling themes, available sport trim packages, and a strong V-6 option pronounce the 2019 IS sedan’s intentions, but the IS ultimately falls short of benchmarks set by its rivals due to its tight interior and dated technology We give it a 6.0 out of...
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BMW fire recall, Traffic light-free future, Tesla tax credits: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:30
Fire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars BMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. 2019 Toyota C-HR recalled over wheel loss risk Toyota on...
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Fire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:21
BMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. In government filings, BMW said that incorrect electrical capacitors in its charging cords may fail and either...
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Knotel signs three lease agreements in London

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:50
Fast-growing US flexible office specialist Knotel has signed three new lease agreements for properties in central London.
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Westminster to make ‘biggest changes to planning for a generation’

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:31
Westminster is gearing up to launch a new City Plan, which council leader Nickie Aiken said would “give the property industry the ability to deliver”.
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​Two new directors climb to top team at Hill

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:10
Housebuilder Hill has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rob Jack as regional director of the Eastern Region and the promotion of Tom Hill to regional director of the Cambridge investment partnership division.
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Patisserie Valerie facing closure without cash injection

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:59
The owner of 200-store café chain Patisserie Valerie has said it will not be able to continue trading in its current form without an “immediate injection of capital”.
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Coast to close all UK stores as it enters administration

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:17
Women’s fashion retailer Coast has collapsed into administration and will close all of its 24 standalone stores.
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