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Apparently, Knee Airbags Don’t Really Help

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 00:30

Knee airbags are commonplace in today’s cars, so it’s easy to assume they’d reduce the risk of injury for people in car crashes. But according to a new study, this may not be the case.

Knee airbags have a “negligible effect” on injury risk, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded in a July 2019 report. And in some cases, these type of airbags may even increase the risk of injury. IIHS came to this conclusion after examining data from two sources: its own crash test data and real-world crash reports.

For the first part of the study, IIHS looked at injury measurements recorded on crash dummies in 414 frontal crash tests. These include driver-side small overlap front crash tests—which simulates what happens when the front left corner of a car hits an object at 40 mph—and moderate overlap front crash tests, in which 40 percent of the total width of a car strikes the barrier at the same speed.

In theory, knee airbags are supposed to distribute crash forces to reduce leg injuries. But in small overlap crashes, knee airbags were associated with higher risk for lower leg injuries and right femur injuries, IIHS found. However, the risk of head injuries was found to be slightly lowered. IIHS deemed knee airbags had no effect on injury measures in the moderate overlap crash tests.

The second part of the study examined police-reported crash data from 14 states, comparing the risk of injury in vehicles with knee airbags to those without them. IIHS found that knee airbags decreased the risk of injury from 7.9 percent to 7.4 percent, but this effect was not deemed statistically significant after controlling for driver characteristics, a vehicle’s weight, and vehicle model year.

But it’s possible knee airbags help occupants who don’t wear a seat belt. We can’t know this for sure, however, as IIHS didn’t specifically examine crash test data or real-world data with unbelted occupants. According to IIHS, one reason automakers may be putting knee airbags in their vehicles is to help vehicles pass federally mandated tests with unbelted dummies.

Source: IIHS

Pictured are knee airbags in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which are not relevant to the IIHS study.

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These Special Editions Will Have to do Until New Maseratis Arrive

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 23:30

Maserati is in a sales conundrum, and scrambling to keep customers interested until its new products arrive. To that end, in advance of this year’s upcoming Monterey Car Week festivities Maserati has announced two limited-edition cars created in partnership with Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna. Will this poke of the trident suffice to motivate well-heeled shoppers?

Following a 28-percent sales reduction in 2018, Maserati shipments declined 41 percent through the first quarter of 2019, and net revenue is down by 38 percent. Subtle restyling and a new infotainment system given to the GranTurismo cannot hide that it’s over 10 years old now. Sedans like the Ghibli and Quattroporte simply aren’t what consumers are looking for these days. Buyers are more interested in crossovers like the Levante, but, despite its evocative design and available Ferrari engine, it remains a niche seller. Clearly, Maserati needs to refresh and diversify its lineup.

New vehicles are in Maserati’s plans, but we won’t see any until 2020. Starting that year a rollout of 10 new or revised models will begin, headed off by a sports car previewed by the Alfieri concept. In 2021 a smaller SUV to slot below the Levante will follow, as well as the successor to the GranTurismo. In 2022 the sports car’s convertible variant, and a Quattroporte replacement, are slated for debut. The next-generation Levante should launch in 2023. Hybrid and electric variants will be part of the mix, but the brand remains committed to combustion engines for their raw and emotional qualities.

This year’s Car Week limited editions may help boost cashflow until then. The automaker plans to build 50 each of the Maserati Quattroporte S GranLusso sedan and Levante S GranSport SUV, which will showcase special paints and appointments. Both feature Pelletessuta woven leather seating surfaces created by Zenga, giving the interior luxurious appeal. The Quattroporte will wear Blu Sofisticato dark blue exterior paint combined with blue brake calipers, while Bronzo bronze paint and black brake calipers will adorn the Levante.

To be sure, these editions increase the allure of undeniably attractive vehicles. But exclusive sheens aren’t equivalent to the all-new models Maserati needs. We look forward to seeing these cars glinting in the Monterey sun during our upcoming Car Week pilgrimage, but nowhere near as much as what the brand is preparing for 2020 and beyond.

Source: Maserati, Automotive News (Subscription required)

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Roadkill Nights is Back With More Drag Racing, Drift Rides, and Dyno Runs!

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 23:06

If you dig Roadkill, Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge should be your jam. It’s a two-day event that celebrates all the big-displacement, tire-shredding, quarter-mile monsters you know and love. This year’s event is this weekend, August 9–10 at the M1 Concourse race track in Pontiac, Michigan.

Last year’s single-day affair was so popular that over 44,000 fans came out, so we expanded Roadkill Nights accordingly by adding another day of activities on Friday. Fans can enter the gates at 3:00 pm EST Friday afternoon and they’ll have quite a night ahead of them. Friday’s activities include dyno testing, a freestyle motocross show, a burnout contest, and free drift rides in the 717-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat and 707-hp Dodge Charger Hellcat.

Drift rides continue on Saturday, but the main event is drag racing. Historic Woodward Avenue goes from street to drag strip on Saturday, with Big Tire and Small Tire classes competing for a cash purse of $30,000. There will also be a celebrity drag racing competition, in which Roadkill hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan battle it out alongside other enthusiast icons from the world of MotorTrend for a $10,000 charity prize. We’ll be streaming the whole affair live on MotorTrend’s streaming service on Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm EST.

MT streaming subscribers (don’t have a subscription yet? Click HERE) get access to the MotorTrend Lounge with snacks and refreshments, a complimentary beer per person, giveaways, and exclusive celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities. Out on the track, more than 400 vehicles will be on display for the annual Show ‘n Shine car show. Dodge Demon simulators, flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions, family-friendly Kid’s Zone activities, and food and beer truck offerings mean it’s unlikely that any gearhead could get bored.

To buy tickets and see the full Roadkill Nights event schedule, click HERE.

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Hot Hatch Heartbreak: Volkswagen Golf R Discontinued for 2020

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:20

Yesterday, Volkswagen announced changes to its lineup for the 2020 model year, which mainly revolved around standardizing active driver assistance tech. When we combed through the release, we noticed the Golf R wasn’t outlined so we assumed that Volkswagen was either going to release a separate announcement or the car carried over unchanged. Unfortunately, neither of those are the case. The Volkswagen Golf R has been discontinued for 2020.

A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed to MotorTrend that the all-wheel-drive Golf R has officially ended production, leaving the Golf GTI as the hottest model. The Golf R is expected to return when the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf debuts. It’s rumored to feature a more potent 2.0-liter turbo-four that reportedly makes well over 300 hp, giving the Golf R more separation from the Golf GTI, which could only see a minor power bump if any at all. An updated MQB platform will underpin the eighth-generation Golf family.

Earlier this year, we reported that the next-generation Golf Mk 8 might only come in two flavors when it arrives in the U.S., the Golf GTI and Golf R. Both models are confirmed to come Stateside but other models including the base Golf and wagon variants are still under consideration. Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced the discontinuation of the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack, both of which will be replaced by a small crossover in the U.S. market. The all-electric e-Golf will be replaced by the ID hatchback.

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is expected to debut before the end of 2019. However, it will go on sale in Europe first, with North America and other markets to follow.

Source: Volkswagen

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2020 Kia Forte gets a price, Volkswagen Golf R gets axed, Tesla gets another warning from the feds: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:09
2020 Kia Forte compact sedan starts at $18,715, but the GT you want is $23,815 The compact sedan has a low price in base versions, but a 201-hp performance version has us drooling. IIHS study shows knee airbags may not reduce injury in crashes The agency looked at real-world crash and test data and determined that knee airbags may not reduce...
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Every Color You Can Get on the C8

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:02

What color do you want for your new Corvette Stingray? This could be the hardest question C8 fans may face while perusing Chevy’s 2020 Corvette online “Visualizer” and preorder site, which is currently the best place to spec out your dream machine until the model finally reaches dealerships in early 2020. We’ve already told you how we’d spec our own mid-engine ‘Vettes, but in case you want to see all the choices you have, here’s a quick rundown of every color and option available at launch. And if you’re dying to see the car in the sheetmetal, a cross-country tour has kicked off, with the C8 making stops at more than 155 dealerships, as well as at the Concours d’Elegance of America, the Woodward Dream Cruise, and other big car shows in August.

There are a dozen colors to choose from and at least a half dozen interior options. In addition, there are three trim levels for the C8: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Here is a closer look at the color options starting with the three new shades offered in the 2020 model: Accelerate Yellow, Rapid Blue, and Zeus Bronze. Returning colors include Arctic White, Black, Blade Silver, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Elkhart Lake Blue, Long Beach Red, Sebring Orange, Shadow Gray, and Torch Red. The targa roof is available in matching body-color paint, transparent, or visible carbon fiber.

Once you settle on the best color for your new C8, there are four wheel options—Bright Silver Open Spoke, Carbon Flash Open Spoke, Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke, and Ultra Bright Trident Spoke—as well as two accessory wheels (Performance Pewter Open Spoke, Black Trident Spoke). To spice up your wheel wells, the brake calipers can be spec’d in Black, Bright Red, Edge Red, or Yellow.

There’s more fun to be had inside, where the interior can be outfitted in one of nine colorways: Adrenaline Red, Jet Black, Jet Black with Red (or Yellow) Stitching, Morello Red, Natural, Natural Dipped, Sky Cool Gray, and Two-Tone Blue. Additionally, there are four custom interior combinations: Jet Black with Gray seats, Jet Black with Red seats, Sky Cool Gray with Black seats, and Adrenaline Red with Black seats. Finally, there’s a sweet Carbon-Fiber Interior Trim Package if you prefer a darkened driver’s environment.

The seat options run from the least aggressive GT1 to GT2 and on to the hard-core Competition Sport, and they can be wrapped in leather, suede, or cloth. There’s a two-tone upholstery option, as well as six seatbelt color options (black, blue, tan, orange, red, and yellow).

If you go for the Z51 package—necessary to achieve the C8 Corvette’s mind-blowing 0–60-mph time—you’ll get a more aggressive front splitter and rear spoiler to help keep you grounded on the track. There are even more doodads and trim bits to labor over—we’ve already spent hours combing through them all.

The base Stingray is said to start under $60,000 before destination charges, but pricing for all the options hasn’t yet been announced. Now, if you’re ready to do some fantasy shopping of your own, you can head over to Chevy’s site to spec your perfect ‘Vette. Happy building!

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RESIcast: Fast-tracking factory-built modular homes

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:36
Factory-built homes mimicking the car industry could well be the future, but right now, offsite manufacturing only accounts for a small proportion of housing delivery. Our property podcast asks how we can look to a future of faster delivery where no one mentions the word “prefab”.
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Paul Patenall begins BCO presidency

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:32
U+I director Paul Patenall has taken his place as the new president of the British Council for Offices (BCO).
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NHTSA told Tesla to stop claiming its Model 3 was the safest car ever tested

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:30
Federal officials told Tesla's lawyers last year to stop claiming its Model 3 electric sedan achieved the lowest probability of injury of any car they've tested, documents revealed. In an October letter uncovered by PlainSite through open records laws, lawyers for the NHTSA told Tesla to remove language from its website that claimed the Model 3...
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IIHS study shows knee airbags may not reduce injury in crashes

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:00
More airbags may not be better. An IIHS study released Wednesday concluded that knee airbags didn't significantly reduce the risk of injury in real-world crashes, and test data from the agency may show that the supplemental airbags may have increased injury rates in certain crashes performed by the insurance industry-funded agency. “There...
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2020 Kia Forte compact sedan starts at $18,715, but the GT you want is $23,815

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:30
The 2020 Kia Forte compact sedan will be one of the most affordable vehicles on Kia lots when it goes on sale later this year, but it'll have ace up its sleeve. The 2020 Kia Forte GT, which sports an uprated 201-horsepower turbo-4 under the hood, may be lurking nearby and tempting buyers into entry-level performance. The Forte GT starts at $23,215...
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2020 Kia Forte compact sedan starts at $18,715, but the GT you want is $23,815

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:30
The 2020 Kia Forte compact sedan will be one of the most affordable vehicles on Kia lots when it goes on sale later this year, but it'll have ace up its sleeve. The 2020 Kia Forte GT, which sports an uprated 201-horsepower turbo-4 under the hood, may be lurking nearby and tempting buyers into entry-level performance. The Forte GT starts at $23,215...
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Glenny boosts residential division with senior hire

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:21
Glenny LLP has appointed Michael Donohoe as divisional partner to its residential development team.
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Custom Cars of Bentonville Heat up the Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:00

Part of what makes the Hot Wheels Legends Tour so cool is that each show highlights the car culture of the region around each stop. We feel like we got to know Bentonville, Arkansas, a bit better as we checked out the more than 150 cars in attendance.

As with other Legends Tour stops, enthusiasts of all kinds brought out their rides. The sheer number of truly zany cars set this show apart from the others we’ve attended this year. A Buick Roadmaster hearse adorned in skulls, oil drums, and a wrought-iron fence gave us strong Mad Max vibes. There were plenty of rat-rod style cars to go around, too, pipes jutting straight from the engine block. One participant even brought along a BMW Isetta hooked up to a riverboat fan. Another rolled into the parking lot with a full-size semi-truck cab. We really dug the safari-style Mini Cooper and VW Golf that showed up, as well.

Speaking of Volkswagens, an array of classic German metal stood out from the pack. One participant arrived in a Type 1 Beetle painted street-art style. A Karmann Ghia got the hot=rod treatment with custom bodywork and paint. A Caddy pickup truck made an appearance alongside a Corrado G60 and a sweet Jetta with some light modifications.

Of course, the usual battery of American classics also held their own in the Walmart parking lot (Bentonville is the home of Walmart). We were impressed with the mint Chevy C10 and Ford Ranger, while on the traditional muscle-car front, there was a sweet Dodge Charger sporting a bulging hood scoop and an “OEM-plus”-looking Plymouth ’Cuda.

A wicked-looking 1969 International Harvester pickup came out on top. This highly modified truck is exactly how we’d hope a Legends Tour winner would, with exposed rear wheels, a center-mounted V-8, side pipes, and a sweet spoiler. Remarkably, the build took owner Calvin Lutz, a long-time fabricator and car-restoration expert, just three months to complete.

Lutz’s family and friends call his creation the “Hot Wheels truck,” and now it has an even stronger claim to that title. The customized Harvester will go on to compete at SEMA in November for a chance to have the Hot Wheels team create a model in its image. We’ll see you at the next stop in Denver, Colorado, this weekend.

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Nissan Titan XD drops diesel, 2019 Corvettes drops some prices, Tesla adds free Supercharging: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:45
Nissan Titan XD Cummins diesel dead, Titan refreshed for 2020 Nissan confirmed that the optional 5.0-liter turbodiesel Titan XD won't return for 2020. How many doors would you like with your 2020 Yaris? Toyota charges same for sedan, hatchback The price is the same for four doors or five. Kia recalling 11K 2019 Optima sedans for defective...
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Threat of no-deal Brexit speeds withdrawals from UK property funds

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:33
The threat of a no-deal Brexit sped outflows from the UK’s property funds in July during the race to replace former prime minister Theresa May, according to Calastone’s Fund Flow Index.
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Network Space Developments sells Manton Wood site

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 13:56
Network Space Developments has sold a 63-acre industrial development to a major logistics business understood to be DHL.
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Almost half of new central London office space already pre-let

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 13:42
High occupier demand is continuing to put pressure on new central London office space, according to Gerald Eve.
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Intu trialling community-focused store in bid to revive high street

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 13:38
Retail landlord intu is working to breathe new life into its retail assets with the launch of a series of community-focussed stores.
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CBRE appointed to advise on Jack Wills properties after Sports Direct buyout

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 11:45
Sports Direct has appointed CBRE to advise the group on Jack Wills’s property dealings after it bought the retailer out of administration earlier this week.
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