Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:00
A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light surfaces on the dashboard. The findings, released on Wednesday, showed the average repair for a Mazda vehicle cost $285.70 for check engine light-related repairs. The company looked at 10 makes and 100 models that span from the 1996 through 2018 model...
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Hana completes £185m acquisition of One Poultry

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:22
Hana Alternative Asset Management has completed the £185m acquisition of One Poultry in the City with the support of a £104m loan from Bank of Ireland.
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Starbucks UK franchise 23.5 Degrees eyes expansion

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:44
Coffee giant Starbucks is planning further UK expansion through its franchise partner 23.5 Degrees.
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Verdict

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:00

We fell in love with the sporty style and sharp handling of Jaguar’s F-Pace at our 2017 SUV of the Year competition, but a starchy ride and polarizing interior torpedoed it from the top spot. Still, we had to know what a yearlong jag with this all-new Jag would be like. Could we deal with the stiff suspenders? And what of the whispers of questionable reliability? Thirteen months of “loanership” later, we have plenty of miles and, oddly, some feelz (as the kids say).

As I live only 3 miles from work and travel regularly, I cannot take credit for all 22,431 miles we racked up. It took an army of commuting colleagues and long-distance haulers to spin the odometer, from social media editor Carol Ngo, to photographers Jade Nelson and Robin Trajano, to online pros Colin Woodard and Erika Pizano.

Everyone raved at the F-Pace’s curb appeal. “Beautiful design and everyday usability,” Instagrammer-in-chief Ngo noted.

I too liked how it looked from the beginning all the way to the day we handed the keys back. This is pretty rare, as I normally go blind to my long-termer after a two- to three-month honeymoon. But even to my jaundiced eyes, the F-Pace looks as fresh as ever. Taut, muscular, well-proportioned, and perfectly sized for my ’hood and lifestyle.

As Carol notes, the flexibility of this two-row, midsize SUV is compelling. Surfing is my regular thing, and fitting 6-foot boards in bags with either the 60- or the 40-side seat folded down was never an issue. The optional heavy-duty rubber mats in the cargo area and footwells were also a godsend for containing sand and moisture.

Our F-Pace even does a pretty good job as an impromptu shelter, associate online editor Woodard noted: “When we forgot our tent on a camping trip with features editor Scott Evans and his wife, my wife and I spent the weekend sleeping in the F-Pace. It wasn’t the Four Seasons, but we actually slept pretty well. We even had a good view of the stars thanks to the panoramic moonroof.”

For me, the drive was like a broken-in pair of jeans by the end of our loan, but only in “light load” mode, with 9 pounds of air pressure removed from each tire. At factory specs, the F-Pace’s ride crashes over the line of acceptably stiff. If you’re going to live with this vehicle in an area with especially bad pavement (hello, Detroit), consider avoiding it entirely—or swapping to a tire and wheel combination that gives you more bump-soaking sidewall.

The 340-horsepower V-6 took a second to spin up, but once underway it was always ready to punch holes in traffic, with a satisfyingly hollow growl. I spent the first 5,000 miles driving around in Normal mode and most of the rest of the time in ECO, which limbers up throttle response and aims for the most efficient gearing. Mother Earth–loving chill-out modes like this usually come at the expense of immediacy, but Jaguar’s ECO mode is one of the best. It didn’t turn the F-Pace into a penalty box in exchange for fair fuel economy. The 35t powertrain struck quite a nice balance, so it’s a shame the engine is an orphan, launched in year one as a stopgap ahead of the turbo four-cylinder gas and diesel options (a 380-hp version of the engine remains available, however).

All 2016 and newer Jaguar vehicles come with “EliteCare,” which is a limited warranty covering five years or 60,000 miles, complimentary scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance, and updates to the infotainment system (which are regular). Jaguar claims EliteCare is best in class, and a quick check of the competition reveals that to be true, sorta. Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz offer fewer years and/or miles on their warranties. The only one that matches Jaguar (and betters, with an additional 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty) is Genesis—but it does not currently have a CUV that rivals F-Pace.

The only mechanical issue we had with our vehicle was the combined ignition and auto stop/start gremlin, which was covered for free under EliteCare. While in for that service, we requested a four-wheel alignment that cost $99.00.

At the very tail end of our loan, our F-Pace did start to creak a bit coming in and out of driveways and over speedbumps, similar to the way our long-term BMW M3 did. I didn’t get a chance to have the dealer check out the problem to see if it was pieces and parts of the interior rubbing or the dust-in-the-door-seals issue we discovered in our BMW. That will unfortunately remain a question, but for the record, our F-Pace never left us stranded or completely failed to start, and none of the major systems threw error codes or warning lights. For at least one of the aforementioned road warriors, this wasn’t enough.

“I’m torn on the F-Pace,” Woodard said. “It sounded great, the V-6 made plenty of power, and it ended up being surprisingly fun to drive. It was also a practical daily driver, offering plenty of room for four adults, a week’s worth of groceries, and with the rear seats down, two bicycles. On the other hand, it had way too many electrical issues for a new car. From the infotainment system regularly glitching to the rearview camera occasionally not coming on when I put the car in reverse and all the surprise shutdowns, there was just too much that kept going wrong. Jaguar has some work to do before I’d feel comfortable recommending the F-Pace to a friend or family member.”

I can recommend an F-Pace, new or off-lease, provided interested parties are fully informed of the issues we had. Part of this is because of a new wrinkle to my loanership experience this time around: I discovered the extremely helpful world of online forums. After publication of our F-Pace intro, Greg Craig, an owner of the more powerful F-Pace S, reached out with the helpful suggestion to reduce my tire pressures and to consult the community at if I ever needed assistance. And so I did, about random topics including the stop/start issue, updates to the ICTP system, and creaks at 22,000 miles. The ability to compare notes and seek advice from a community was helpful and reassuring.

As my time with the orphan F-Pace 35t drew to a close, I found myself oddly sad about its departure. I’m normally an “on-to-the-next” kinda guy, but this Jaguar had character rare in modern cars, beauty and athleticism I never tired of, and flaws that weren’t deal breakers.

Read more about our long-term 2017 Jaguar F-Pace:

Our Car SERVICE LIFE 10 mo / 15,592 mi BASE PRICE $57,295 OPTIONS Technology pkg ($3,200: touch-screen infotainment, navigation, 60GB hard drive, CD/DVD player, 3G WiFi w/3 mo free data, TFT/LCD instrument panel, Meridian 825W audio w/17 speakers); Comfort and Convenience pkg ($1,800: ventilated front seats, heated rear seats w/pwr recline, remote 2nd row release, gesture tailgate release); metallic paint ($550); 20″ Blade wheels ($500); Rubber mats/cargo nets ($407), Activity key ($400), Gloss black roof rails ($350); Wheel locks ($191); Car care kit ($50) PRICE AS TESTED $64,743 AVG ECON/CO2 20.6 mpg / 0.94 lb/mi PROBLEM AREAS Auto stop/start MAINTENANCE COST $99 alignment NORMAL-WEAR COST $0 3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE* $52,500 (81%) RECALLS None *IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the end of 3-years 2017 Jaguar F-Pace 35t R Sport POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Supercharged 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 182.8 cu in/2,995 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.5:1 POWER (SAE NET) 340 hp @ 6,500 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm REDLINE 6,500 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 13.0 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.73:1/2.49:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.1:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 BRAKES, F; R 13.8-in vented disc; 12.8-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS 8.5 x 20-in cast aluminum TIRES 255/50R20 109W (M+S) Goodyear Eagle F1 AT SUV 4×4 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 113.1 in TRACK, F/R 64.6/65.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 186.3 x 76.2 x 65.0 in GROUND CLEARANCE 8.4 in APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 25.5/25.7 deg TURNING CIRCLE 38.9 ft CURB WEIGHT 4,416 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 51/49% TOWING CAPACITY 5,290 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 HEADROOM, F/R 37.8/37.5 in LEGROOM, F/R 40.3/37.2 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.7/55.8 in CARGO VOLUME BEH F/R 63.5/33.5 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.8 sec 0-40 2.8 0-50 4.0 0-60 5.2 0-70 6.7 0-80 8.5 0-90 10.6 0-100 13.4 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.6 QUARTER MILE 13.8 sec @ 101.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 116 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.83 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.8 sec @ 0.67 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,700 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $57,295 PRICE AS TESTED $64,743 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 6: Dual front, front side, f/r head BASIC WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 16.6 gal REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 16.2/25.4/19.3 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 18/23/20 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.97 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium

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Landsec spends '£2-3m' on hard Brexit preparations

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 06:00
Rob Noel, chief executive of Landsec, has revealed that the UK’s largest listed property company has spent “two to three million pounds” on preparations for a hard Brexit.
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Infiniti SUV Concept for Detroit Previews Brand’s First Electric Vehicle

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 02:00

Infiniti will celebrate its 30th year as a brand in January when it shows a concept previewing its first fully electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was at the 1989 NAIAS that the brand made its international debut with the Q45.

The SUV concept to be shown next month shows the design direction for future Infiniti models in keeping with the plan to electrify all models across the lineup starting in 2021. They will be a mix of pure EVs and e-power hybrids which use a small gasoline engine to charge the battery. The automaker is developing a new electric platform for future models.

The 2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration sedan concept

Last year in Detroit, Infiniti showed the Q Inspiration concept sedan with a shorter front end and larger cabin to reflect the design changes possible with smaller engines or electric motors as future propulsion which require a smaller engine bay or none at all. The design also reflected the impact of autonomous driving on how interior space is crafted and the need for greater connectivity for occupants.

Electric power makes new vehicle proportions possible, said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for global design at Nissan Motor Co. The concept’s design is described as a mix of simplicity and technology inspired by Japanese culture. The idea was first explored in the Q Inspiration and Prototype 10 shown at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 2018 Infiniti Prototype 10 concept

“The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” said Karim Habib, Infiniti’s executive design director.

But before things go electric, the brand will expand its innovative VC-Turbo variable-compression-ratio gas engine by adding a sporty variant of the Infiniti QX50.

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L&G plans to turn Homebase store into later living scheme

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:00
Legal & General Capital acquires Homebase store in Bath from British Land in one of the first sales since CVA.
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Royale loan is biggest yet for ICG-Longbow

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:00
Non-bank lender provides £200m whole loan to park homes operator Royale.
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British Land buys London office for its flexible workspace brand Storey

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:00
British Land has acquired its first office building specifically for its flexible workspace brand Storey and lined up a series of deals to bolster its London office development pipeline.
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The Volkswagen Corrado Had One of the First Production Active Spoilers

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 20:30

The Volkswagen Corrado turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, VW is looking back on the innovations introduced by the sporty two-door hatch. Just as it is today, the Volkswagen brand of the 1980s was focused on mainstream products, which at the time included mostly compact sedans and hatchbacks. As such, it didn’t offer a halo sports car like many of its contemporaries. The Corrado was the closest we got to a halo model, and the sharp-looking 2+2 hatch served as a technology showcase for the brand. What kind of technology did it showcase? For starters, one of the first active rear spoilers on a production car.

Introduced in 1988 as a replacement for the equally sexy Scirocco, the Corrado was built in Onsabruck, Germany, by long-time VW-allied coachbuilder Karmann. According to Volkswagen, the name comes from the Spanish word “correr,” which means “to sprint.” The Corrado was originally available with one of two 1.8-liter I-4 engines, one naturally aspirated and one supercharged. The latter, called the Corrado G60, used a scroll-type supercharger to produce 158 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, a respectable amount for the day that allowed for an estimated top speed of 140 mph.

To help accommodate that high speed, VW fitted the Corrado with a flush-mounted rear wing that automatically deployed above 75 mph (or 45 mph in the U.S.) to increase high-speed stability and reduce rear end lift by 64 percent. Though technically the 1984 Lancia Thema was the first production car to use an electrically retractable rear spoiler, the Corrado was one of the first road cars in the U.S. to offer active aero. Volkswagen claims its system even predates the one on the 964-generation Porsche 911, but Porsche representatives argue that the two cars debuted around the same time and that the Stuttgart-based automaker had been experimenting with active aero on race cars since the 1960s.

In addition to the Corrado’s slick “aero blade,” the hatch also received an interior derived from the B3-generation Passat that is said to be inspired by the Bauhaus style of German modernist design. The Corrado also marked the first use of Computer-Aided Design at the VW brand, as the car’s fenders were the first production parts designed using CAD. Meanwhile, the chassis inherited bits from the Mk 2 Golf GTI 16V to give the Corrado handling to match its sporty good looks.

Dr. Carl H. Hahn, chairman of the VW board of directors from 1982-1993, reportedly wanted the Corrado to be “a kind of new Karmann Ghia, only with more power.” The car was relatively sprightly in G60 trim, but even more power came later in the Corrado’s product cycle when VW endowed it with its 2.9-liter VR6 narrow-angle V-6 engine, which produced up to 188 hp and 181 lb-ft.

VW contends that many of the innovations ushered in by the Corrado can be seen in its current product lineup, including the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, which also features an active rear spoiler. Not many cars can claim to have influence over an automaker’s lineup 30 years after launch, so it’s pretty cool that the Corrado has such an enduring legacy.

Source: Volkswagen

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Audi SQ2 for Europe Offers 296 HP in a Tiny Crossover Package

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:32

With crossover demand rising, it was only a matter of time before the Audi Q2 received a high-performance model. Enter the Audi SQ2, a hot-rodded subcompact CUV powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque that puts power down to all four wheels via the automaker’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The diminutive little Audi gets a thorough performance makeover that includes an upgraded suspension that’s 20mm lower than the standard Q2, a retuned steering system, and an all-wheel drive system than can send 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels. There are also some aerodynamic improvements that give the SQ2 a 0.34 drag coefficient, and a drive mode selector that includes an Individual option to allow the driver to tailor the vehicle to his or her liking.

Exterior design cues that distinguish the Audi SQ2 from a standard Q2 include quad exhaust tips, a longer roof spoiler, Quattro badges on the lower part of the rear doors, and silver side mirror covers. Inside, the SQ2 comes standard with sport seats, Audi’s Digital Cockpit system, illuminated door sills with sport S badges. Other available features include Audi’s MMI interface with an 8.3-inch screen, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, LED headlights, and a full suite of active driver assists including automatic emergency braking.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether the SQ2 will come to North America. When the Q2 originally debuted, Audi intended to bring the crossover stateside but the sub-Q3 model has yet to make an appearance on our side of the pond.

Source: Audi

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Miller made L&G Capital managing director of investing

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:58
Legal & General has moved group strategy director Paul Miller to a new role of managing director of principal investing at its L&G Capital business.
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PLA introduces nine academics to organisation

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:53
The Property Litigation Association (PLA) has introduced academics into the organisation for the first time.
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Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:35
Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on Wednesday, which affects certain 2003-2005 model year Corolla...
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Honda Pilot recall, Millennials and classic cars, 2019 Toyota Prius e-AWD driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30
2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's...
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House of Lords criticises government’s lack of clarity on modular construction

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:55
The government’s lack of clarity on its presumption in favour of modular construction was repeatedly criticised at a House of Lords debate yesterday evening about the Science and Technology Committee’s report, Off-site manufacture for construction: Building for change.
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WeWork eyes 10 Fenchurch Avenue sublet

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:48
WeWork is in talks to take 45,000 sq ft of space at new City of London building 10 Fenchurch Avenue.
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US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:42
A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...
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VTS CPO joins WiredScore board

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:37
Chief product officer of proptech giant VTS Brandon Weber has joined digital connectivity firm WiredScore’s board in a non-executive role.
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GLP teams up with Everstone for $500m Indian logistics JV

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:30
Global Logistic Properties (GLP) has announced plans to invest $500m in the Indian logistics market as part of a new joint venture with investor Everstone.
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