Fintech 'unicorn' continues Canary Wharf journey to Columbus Building

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:26
The Canary Wharf Group has signed fintech firm Revolut to an upgraded 23,700 sq ft space at its recently redesigned Columbus Building.
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2019 Chevrolet Suburban

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:20
The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is the anti-crossover, an old-school truck-based SUV for those looking to carry eight passengers, all of their stuff, and tow a boat or camper along for the ride. Thanks to an excellent towing capacity and surprisingly luxurious interior, we’ve given the 2019 Chevy Suburban 6.4 out of a possible 10 points. (Read...
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Spelthorne buys Landid/Brockton portfolio in the Thames Valley for £285m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:57
Spelthorne Borough Council has bought the entire office portfolio of the joint venture between Brockton Capital and Landid.
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Mazda CX-5 diesel, 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, IIHS on self-driving tech: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:30
2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel certified by EPA at 29 mpg combined The 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel is one step closer to arriving in showrooms. In certifying the 2018 CX-5 diesel for sale in the U.S., the EPA said that it is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined with front-wheel drive. Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto...
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Catalyst teams up with Redrow Homes for £180m Brentford resi development

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:09
Housing association Catalyst and housebuilder Redrow Homes have formed a joint venture partnership seeded with plans to develop a £180m residential-led mixed-use scheme in the London Borough of Hounslow
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Tycoon Whateley swoops for Derby hospital site

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:04
Cedar Group founder Grahame Whateley has acquired the eight-acre site of Derby’s former DRI hospital through a new venture called Nightingale Derbyshire.
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Springfield secures Nairn resi scheme approval

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:51
Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties has received planning consent for a new housing scheme in Kingsteps, Nairn.
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More style, less money: 2019 Audi A7 priced from $68,995

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:34
The 2019 Audi A7 will cost $68,995 when it arrives in the automaker's U.S. showrooms later this year, Audi said Thursday. That's about a $700 savings over the outgoing 2018 model, even though the new A7 features big tech upgrades inside and under its hood. The latest A7 will be offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. Audi...
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Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto voice-activated software

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:28
Forgot to turn your smart thermostat down at home before leaving? No problem, Amazon said Thursday. Just ask your car to do it. The e-commerce giant released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit for new vehicles as a way to incorporate key functions of the voice-activated software into vehicle infotainment systems. MORE: AAA study finds...
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Network Space nets Tameside leisure scheme approval

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:13
Totally Wicked Stadium developer Network Space has received the green light to deliver a £14m leisure scheme in Tameside including a swimming pool and ten-pin bowling alley.
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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo First Test: Poise and Precision

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:05

Amid a complete redesign for the 2017 model year, the Porsche Panamera lost its signature bulbous rear end to more closely resemble the sporty sedan it has always tried to embody. A year later, the Panamera gains that rump back on the new Sport Turismo wagon variant. Despite the extra bulk, the model is just as competent as its traditional-looking counterpart.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo is pictured at the top of this review; other photos depict different Panamera Sport Turismo trims.

Practically speaking, there is little difference between the regular Panamera and the wagon version. They feature the same exterior dimensions in terms of length, width, and wheelbase, but the wagon is 0.2 inch taller. It has just 1.7 cubic feet of extra space in the back with the seats folded, or 0.7 inch with the seats up. In terms of curb weight, Porsche lists a standard Panamera 4 Sport Turismo as 65 pounds heavier than a traditional Panamera. Both come with a standard 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine making 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque.

So how did our wagon perform in our battery of tests? It’s not the quickest car we’ve tested, but we certainly weren’t left wanting for more power. The 0–60 run took 4.6 seconds, matching the time of a rear-drive Kia Stinger GT we tested.

“As always, Porsche’s launch control is solid, easy, and great to use. Definitely got better results compared to doing it on my own,” associate road test editor Erick Ayapana said of our tester. But those who really want to hustle will need the S version or the Turbo, which hits 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with its 550-hp twin-turbo V-8. But the drive experience is more than just speed.

Just like the previous-gen Panamera, our tester features a well-tuned suspension that protects riders from the indignity of road imperfections. Of course, Sport Plus mode is noticeably firmer, and the throttle is also more responsive than in Normal mode. Road and wind noise is kept to a minimum, just as you’d expect from such a saloon. The greatest praise belongs to the eight-speed twin-clutch transmission that quickly and seamlessly switches gears.

That, and the car’s steering. You need to make only small inputs to achieve the desired effect, and you won’t get tired making constant corrections. Grippy tires help make cornering a real thrill. After driving the Panamera, you realize this is what a passenger car is supposed to feel like: translating a driver’s best intentions into reality.

This skill is never more important than while braking. And the wagon performed very well in this test, as well. Our 4,410-pound Panamera managed to brake from 60 mph to a complete standstill in just 101 feet, on par with a 2017 718 Cayman we tested at 100 feet. During testing, Ayapana noted he experienced “minimal dive or unwanted body movements” in the wagon Panamera, and that the brakes refused to fade.

In the figure eight, testing director Kim Reynolds noted, “Pretty easy to drive (thank goodness). With S+ on and PSM [Porsche Stability Management] off, it’s still very controlled while exiting (that’s its all-wheel drive talking).”

One point of contention: Big side pillars hamper visibility when checking your blind spots through the driver’s side windows. And although our model had many nice amenities such as a competent 12.0-inch touchscreen, it lacked a number of important features you’d expect on a six-figure car.

A base Panamera Sport Turismo will cost you $96,200, but our model rang out to $109,260 since it had a number of options. Yes, we had to pay extra for seat heating and front seat ventilation, $550 and $840, respectively. Not a big deal, although other cars offer it standard on high trim levels. Our model came with partial leather seats; upgrading to full leather will cost north of $3,700. Unfortunately, it also didn’t have keyless entry, which is a $1,100 option. It’s a little strange fumbling around in your purse for the key to your $100,000 Porsche when the person parked next to you has already opened their $25,000 Kia with the click of a button on the door handle. I know, first-world problems. But it’s the attention to detail that makes me love this car so much.

It’s larger than a 911, and it has somewhat ungainly proportions. But the Panamera Sport Turismo is no less Porsche, engineered for poise and precision. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo BASE PRICE $97,250 PRICE AS TESTED $109,260 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon ENGINE 3.0L/330-hp/331-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,410 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 116.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 198.8 x 76.3 x 56.2 in 0-60 MPH 4.6 sec QUARTER MILE 13.2 sec @ 103.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 101 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.97 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 20/26/23 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 169/130 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.87 lb/mile

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Celebrity Drive: Dave “Heavy D” Sparks of Discovery’s ‘Diesel Brothers’

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:05

Quick Stats: Dave “Heavy D” Sparks, Discovery’s Diesel Brothers
Daily Driver: 2017 Ford F-250 (Heavy D’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: U.S. 89 Beaver, Utah, to Lake Powell, Utah
Car he learned to drive in: a backhoe
First car bought: 1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

The guys on Discovery’s popular Diesel Brothers need reliable trucks that won’t let them down, and their go-to trucks have been Ford F-Series models. Last year, Dave “Heavy D” Sparks had a Ford F-450, and now his daily truck is a 2017 Ford F-250.

“The new Ford F-250 has to be one of the most comfortable, reliable vehicles I’ve ever owned,” Heavy D says. “I need a strong truck like this for long road trips, heavy hauls, or the crazy antics we get into. At the end of the day, this vehicle does everything I need and so much more.”

Heavy D has always been a truck guy. “I don’t enjoy driving cars unless they’re muscle cars or foreign sports cars,” he says. “I can’t stand driving the regular run-of-the-mill vehicles that most of the population drives—the Honda Accords, the minivans. Those vehicles do nothing for me.”

Heavy D’s love for trucks began early. He grew up working with his truck on the farm, repairing tractors and hauling hay, even doing some construction. Trucks have always been part of his life.

“You actually used your truck, and in using your truck, you build this relationship with it,” he says. “Any guy who works for a living and drives a truck, his truck is part of the family. That’s his livelihood, that’s how he makes his living, that’s how he gets to and from work. You’d be shocked at how many people across this country have a family-type relationship with their truck.”

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Rating: 8.5

Heavy D also has a Jeep that he relies on heavily. “I love the fact that it’s not a truck, and I come from the truck world,” he says. “For me it’s a total change of pace because it’s sporty. It’s the Overland package, which has the Air Suspension, so it’s very smooth riding.”

Heavy D uses his Jeep to drive around town and finds it easy to get in and out of tight parking spots. “The turning radius is awesome. Fuel economy is amazing—it gets an average of 25 miles a gallon. And it’s super peppy; it gets up and goes. It’s much faster than old Jeep models,” he says.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee is pictured

He gives it an 8.5 on a scale of 10 because he feels Jeep could have done a better job with it. “As far as the transmission, it needs a little bit of help with the way it shifts sometimes,” he says. “The back seat is really tight, so that makes it not fun for when there are kids back there.”

Heavy D originally bought the Jeep new for his wife. “We’re in the business of diesel vehicles, and I wanted to try to support the diesel market, so when Jeep came out with the Grand Cherokee, it was a natural fit for us because there weren’t very many diesel SUVs on the market, especially in 2015,” he says.

The Grand Cherokee was comfortable when they had two kids, but now that they have a third, the back seat is too tight for three car seats. So they switched to a Chevrolet Tahoe, and Heavy D started driving the Jeep himself.

“Originally I planned on selling it, but after driving it for a couple of weeks, I fell in love with it,” he says.

2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR

Rating: 9

Heavy D drives this street-legal three-wheeled two-seater anytime he can. “That thing is awesome to drive back and forth to the office. It’s not something that I’d take on a long road trip or lug my family in,” he says. “They’re super cool.”

Even though it drives like a car, he doesn’t give it a 10. He says it needs a little more top-end performance and could use a factory-installed turbo.

“I love the Slingshot because I love motorcycles,” he says. “I alternate between my Harley and the Slingshot, but I like the Slingshot because it’s more of a hybrid between a car and a motorcycle.”

He gets that feeling of riding a motorcycle, but the Polaris has more of a windshield and cockpit. “If I’m going to a meeting, I don’t want my clothes blown all over the place, so it protects me from that. But it gives me the chance to catch some sun and it’s really sporty and super nimble, so I can get in and out of traffic really easily in tight places,” he says.

A Polaris Slingshot is pictured

Although the Slingshot is his commuting vehicle, Heavy D takes the Jeep in the winter or anytime it’s overcast. “In Utah we only get three or four months’ worth of decent weather, so that’s the only time I can drive the Slingshot. I’m not going to take it out in the snow,” he says.

The Slingshot always turns heads. “I’ve got some pretty amazing vehicles, but strangely enough, the vehicle that gets the most attention, the most looks by far, is the Polaris Slingshot. People look at it like it’s a spaceship, because it looks like a spaceship,” he says. “It’s crazy.”

One time, Heavy D and a friend in a Lamborghini drove to a fast food place and everybody went straight to the Slingshot. “They’d never seen it before—they didn’t know what it was. People definitely love them,” he says.

2017 Polaris RZR Turbo

Rating: 10

Heavy D drives this Polaris to work once or twice a month. “Most of the time, I leave it parked at home. We live on a mountain, so we can drive straight from our house, go up to the top of the mountain, go for a little drive up on the trail, and then come back. We also have a cabin 15 miles up the mountain from our house. And that’s our number-one mode of transportation to get the family back and forth.”

He originally bought the RZR Turbo to take it off-road in the mountains and for tight spots where trucks can’t go. “But now that they’ve made them street legal in Utah, we can literally drive it from the house all the way to the mountain, and we don’t have to trailer it anymore, which is awesome,” he says.

This short list is the extent of Heavy D’s personal drivers. “I’ve made my cars my business. I used to have a garage full of cars that were mine that I just drove,” he says. “Now I have a dealership so that I can buy and sell them and just drive whatever I want.”

Car he learned to drive in

Heavy D’s grandfather taught him the concept of driving when he was eight years old, in a backhoe. “The backhoe has a steering wheel, gas, a brake, forward, reverse, everything like a car,” he says. “I was very ambitious to learn how to drive. I always bugged my dad when I was little to take me out to the desert and let me drive his truck.”

After he learned the basics, anytime he got a chance to drive tractors, or if the family went camping in the desert, Heavy D would drive anything he could.

He got his learner’s permit and license on his first car, a 1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, in Utah. “My birthday is in January, and in Utah there’s a lot of snow, so I got my driver’s license when there was a couple feet of snow on the ground. I had to adapt and learn really early on how to drive in the snow,” he recalls.

His parents made him save up money to buy his first car, and he thought they would chip in, as well. “But they wanted me to have the full experience of the responsibility of buying a car,” Heavy D says. “To be able to finish paying for it, they taught me how to get a loan from the credit union. So I got a small loan and learned how to make payments on time. It was cool because I was the only 16-year-old that had any credit. … Looking back, I’m super grateful for it because it taught me how money works.”

Favorite road trip

Heavy D’s favorite road trip is a family summer trip he’s done since he was a kid. He takes I-15 to U.S. Route 89, and his favorite stretch is from Beaver to Lake Powell on U.S. 89.

“It goes through Bryce Canyon and all those beautiful southern Utah places—a city called Panguitch, Kanab, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and then it goes to Lake Powell. It goes from high forest to high desert, to red rocks and desert. All within a couple hundred miles,” he recounts.

Heavy D takes that drive once or twice a summer. From his house to Lake Powell, the drive on the winding two-lane highway is a six-hour trip. “We go to Lake Powell, and we tug a boat down there. We spend a week there and then drive home,” he says.

Diesel Brothers on Discovery, Mondays at 10 p.m.

Many people loathe going back to work on Mondays, but what Heavy D does for a living doesn’t feel like a job.

“Unlike other people, I count down the minutes until Sundays are over because I can’t stand sitting around. I love being at the office and the shop, looking for that next deal, or working on a unique vehicle,” says Heavy D.

The day we spoke, Heavy D was in the shop waiting for a helicopter to be painted. “To me, they’re like unique vehicles. I’ve literally been pacing back and forth, waiting for my helicopter to be done, so that I could just look at it. It’s the same way with all the vehicles I have,” he says. “I can’t wait to see when that set of wheels and tires gets mounted, or to see what it’s going to look like when it gets this paint job on it. I love what I do—it’s play as much as work.”

Heavy D has loved cars his whole life and has always worked on them. He wanted to try everything, so he started a used car dealership, allowing him to live out that dream.

“I found out I could make money at that,” he says. Although he didn’t set out to have a show, Heavy D’s photos and videos on social media got noticed by Jay Leno and Discovery.

“People started to go crazy over them,” he says. “That blew up and became really big, and we had a video once where my friend Dave and I did a stunt with a truck. We hooked the tailpipe into a bathroom, and a buddy of ours was in the bathroom and it blew smoke on him. It was funny, and Jay Leno saw that on YouTube, so he had us on his show on a little segment called ‘Prank You Very Much.’ He just thought it was the funniest prank in the world because it had to do with a truck. And then Discovery saw that little clip on Jay.”

Living Out His Passion

Heavy D offers tips to others on following their passion. For him, it wasn’t about the money, although making a living was also a necessity.

“I didn’t get into the car business to make money on selling cars. I got into the car business so I could justify my hobby of wanting to try every vehicle in the book. I treated every car as if it were my own. I would only buy things that I wanted. My thought process when I go buy a car has always been, ‘If I get stuck with it and I can’t sell it, I’ve got to be OK with it.’ That helps me avoid buying vehicles that I wouldn’t necessarily be passionate about.”

Heavy D says his customers are like-minded people. “They see the passion in the car and the passion that we put into repairing or modifying or selling it,” he says. “That’s made our business successful, because we’re dealing with enthusiasts.”

When he started his business, Heavy D also didn’t worry what others thought of him, that he was a used car salesman. “I could care less. Call me what you want to call me, I’m doing what I want to do for a living. I’m enjoying it,” he says.

His passion, and this show, took him from an 800-square-foot storage unit, where he was selling cars, to a new 30,000-square-foot warehouse.

“The show obviously wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have our original business,” Heavy D says.

He tries to stay away from too many client builds. “I found that it really restricts my artistic freedom. When somebody comes in and says, ‘Paint me the picture just like this,’ it’s not as much fun. But if you get to say, ‘Look at this beautiful picture I’ve painted, and I love it, I’m so passionate about it, it’s exactly what I wanted.’ And then if somebody wants to buy that from you, that’s a totally different feeling than just following someone else’s marching orders.”

Heavy D sums up his life as living the American dream. “We’re building a business, we’re making a living doing things that we love. I always tell people, if I wasn’t doing this for a living, I would pay to do this,” he says with a laugh.

There are 100 cars on the lot that Heavy D can now enjoy, with up to 20 vehicles under construction at any point.

“It’s very untraditional. I’m not loyal to any brand. I love them all, like having a bunch of children and not trying to pick a favorite,” Heavy D says. “Our overall M.O. and what we always try to do, especially on the truck side, is to show what trucks are capable of.”

He says lots of guys build show trucks and park them at a big show, or they’ll just sit and gather dust. “We would rather build a beautiful big show truck and then take it to Moab and go hit all the four-wheel-drive trails and go really use it like crazy,” he says.

Diesel Brothers has also inspired many fans to go after their own passion projects, such as dusting off an old car sitting in the garage, or even just buying their first diesel pickup. Heavy D’s advice to people about cars can easily be translated to how he took chances on his own life.

“When people ask me, ‘How do you do it?’ I tell them, ‘Screw risk! Forget failure. What’s your worst-case scenario? Your worst-case scenario is never that bad.’ If you want to build your project car, go do it. Obviously, be smart about it, but if you want to finish your truck or build your dream truck or go buy your dream vehicle, do it,” he says. “Don’t wait for somebody else to do it.”

People used to ask Heavy D how he knows he’ll make money on a vehicle he buys, and his reply was always, “‘I don’t. I don’t even think about it. I don’t consider the risk,’” he says. “To me, it’s not an option. I just know that I’m doing what I love. As long as I’m doing what I love, I’m going to find an exit strategy and find a way to make it work.”

Heavy D says this all started after he dropped out of college and began buying and selling tractors, which led to trucks and modifying trucks.

“Every little thing happens because it’s one step closer to where you’re trying to get,” he says. “I’ve always said, ‘Roll with the punches.’ Whatever happens, whatever comes, just take it in stride and move onto the next thing. Don’t get hung up on the little issues, the little failures. We’ve had massive failures, but they just don’t matter to us. We don’t really care about them because we’re so ready to move on to the next thing.”

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Mike Ashley buys House of Fraser

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:52
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has agreed to buy the House of Fraser department store chain for £90m.
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Blackstone refinances London’s St Katharine Docks

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:49
Allianz Real Estate and Brookfield have refinanced Blackstone’s St Katharine Docks, London.
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WeWork reveals huge losses despite revenue leap

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:33
WeWork, the coworking giant, has released its first set of financial results showing second-quarter sales more than doubled from a year earlier, but that losses rocketed more than four-fold.
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House of Fraser falls into administration

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:08
House of Fraser has appointed administrators after talks with potential suitors failed.
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Custom 1979 International Harvester Scout II Asks $299,000

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:30

Vintage Blazers, Broncos, and Jeeps are super cool, but if you want to stand apart from the crowd a 1979 International Harvester Scout II restomod might do the trick. Especially if you have a wad of cash handy—like $299,000 for starters. To put that price into perspective, you could get a McLaren 720S for about that much.

Velocity Restorations of Pensacola, Florida, is showing off its latest restomod off-roader project that needs a new garage and owner.

The restoration shop says it spent more than 1,500 hours rebuilding the orange beauty seen here, and it sure looks like it.

“We are really proud of our International Scout,” said Brandon Segers, Velocity Restorations owner, in a statement. “We found this model in a Texas oil field. We stripped it to the bare metal, and started the frame off restomod process. Every nut and bolt is brand new, the powertrain is improved, and it looks stunning.”

Under the hood, the upgraded truck gets a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine that now offers 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The LS3 is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The super duper Scout II sports a custom grille up front, LED headlights, custom bumpers, 9.0-inch rear axle, 6.0-inch suspension lift, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, a stainless steel fuel tank, and big, fat Nitto Trail Grappler Mud Terrain tires.

Inside there’s a custom dash, digital gauges, a Bluetooth-friendly stereo system, vintage A/C and heating system, black vinyl interior, and a powder-coated four-point roll bar.

The company also restores Broncos and other vintage rides if someone beats you to the punch.

Source: Velocity Restorations

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Mazda Made Errors During MPG Tests for Japanese-Market Cars

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:08

After it came to light that Mitsubishi, Nissan, and to a lesser degree, Subaru had all misreported fuel economy data, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) ordered investigations into other Japanese manufacturers. Now, Mazda has revealed that it, too, is guilty of improper vehicle tests and data reporting.

In its report to MLIT, Mazda said its investigation found that test data was “handled inappropriately” in 72 of the 1,472 fuel economy tests it reviewed. Those cases contained speed trace errors, meaning vehicle speed deviated from the parameters dictated by Japan’s JC08 test cycle. However, Mazda says it found “no improper alteration or falsification of test data” in its any of its fuel economy tests.

“We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the concern this matter has caused our customers and to all stakeholders,” Mazda said in its report. “We are treating this matter very seriously and will make every effort to prevent similar occurrences in the future.”

The automaker blames its own testing procedures for the inaccurate data in the above cases. Mazda’s system wasn’t set up to automatically reject test results when a speed trace error was detected, so it was up to the human inspectors in the tests to decide whether the data was invalid. To ensure this doesn’t happen again, Mazda says it will update the system to automatically throw out tests with such errors and require all data be checked by multiple employees.

Reuters reports that Yamaha and Suzuki also found testing errors during their respective investigations. In Suzuki’s case, out of 12,819 vehicles tested since June 2012, roughly 50 percent were found to be improperly inspected. Despite the number of improper vehicle inspections, none of the automakers involved broke any laws or plan to issue recalls. That’s largely due to the fact that they found no evidence that actual emissions or fuel economy performance for the vehicles, which are all sold in Japan, was affected in any way.

While Mazda’s mistakes come nowhere near the level of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating, they serve as further evidence that not all automakers are doing things by the book when it comes to testing and reporting fuel economy and emissions. By cracking down now, let’s hope regulators around the globe can keep everyone on their toes and prevent another major emissions scandal.

Source: Mazda, Reuters

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Ford’s New NASCAR Mustang Looks Surprisingly Good

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 21:15

For the last several years, Ford’s top-level NASCAR entries have been styled to look like the Fusion family sedan. Next season, though, that won’t be the case. Instead, Ford plans to run a Mustang-inspired car like it does in the Xfinity series. But while previous iterations have looked clumsy at best, this one looks surprisingly good.

Ford released images of its new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry today and announced that its first race will be next February’s Daytona 500. The big reveal took place at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, with employees, NASCAR executives, team owners, and all 13 drivers in attendance.

“We look forward to seeing the Ford Mustang, a cultural icon, on the track in the most competitive series in all of motorsports,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s head of racing development, in a release. “Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500.”

According to Ford, the clean new look isn’t an accident. The team reportedly made sure the car wore its new styling well and didn’t look like a generic race car with some Mustang stickers slapped on. We must say, we think the Mustang design translates better to a stock car body than the Toyota Supra.

“Ever since we announced in April that Mustang would be going to the Cup level in 2019, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford’s global head of motorsports. “Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage. We can’t wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year.”

Source: Ford

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2019 Chevrolet Trax

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:50
The 2019 Chevrolet Trax is a city-sized crossover SUV that makes up for its low thrill demeanor with budget-friendly pricing. Overall, we rate the 2019 Trax at 4.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) It scores for its low price, but that’s about it. The Trax comes up short in terms of refinement, styling, and safety. The Trax...
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