Colliers reports strong growth as UK recovers from Brexit vote

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:50
Colliers International has reported a 24% increase in global revenue to $574.1m (£434.43m) for the three months to the end of September.
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Beauty Base to open in centre:mk

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:33
Beauty and fragrance retailer Beauty Base is set to open a store at centre:mk in Milton Keynes.
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Beauty Base makes regional debut

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:33
Beauty and fragrance retailer Beauty Base is set to open its first store outside of London at centre:mk in Milton Keynes.
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Swiss group expands UK industrial portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:01
Compagnie du Parc has acquired three industrial sites within the M25.
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Goshawk takes 12,800 sq ft at One Molesworth St

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:26
Aircraft lessor Goshawk has signed for 12,800 sq at Green REIT’s flagship office development at One Molesworth Street in Dublin to take the scheme to 73% let.
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Mindspace to launch second London location​

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:22
Mindspace, the workspace provider, is set to open its second co-working property in London situated at 9 Appold Street in Shoreditch.
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NFU launches Fitzrovia office

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:01
NFU Mutual has launched Maple + Midford, a 20,000 sq ft office scheme in Fitzrovia, London, following a £5m refurbishment.
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Skansa sells Swedish nursing home for £22m

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:23
Skanska has sold a nursing home under construction in Gothenburg, Sweden for around $29m (£22m) to Northern Horizon.
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Meet the sub-$30,000 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:00
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will usher in a more affordable trim with the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid LE. At $28,130, the new entry-level RAV4 Hybrid runs just $1,325 more than an equivalent gas-powered RAV4 LE. The news of a less expensive RAV4 Hybrid broke via a bulletin sent to Toyota dealerships, obtained by Cars Direct. The bulletin...
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Siemens makes landmark Nottingham letting

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:57
Siemens has taken a 31,000 sq ft letting at M7 Real Estate’s Central Park in Nottingham – the largest office deal in the city since Q1 2016.
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Struggling Carillion sells property groups to Richardson family

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:03
Debt laden Carillion has disposed of its majority interest in two commercial property development groups for £13.8m to Dukehill.
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: What to Expect From the New Full-Size Truck

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 08:00

Chevrolet Truck’s centennial celebration might end with a full-size bang. Not long after Chevrolet starts its second century of building trucks, the next-generation Silverado will make its debut. Likely arriving for the 2019 model year, the next Silverado will up its game in performance and capability after a generation that never really wowed us. During 2014 Truck of the Year testing, we said the then-new model only caught up to the competition in some ways but didn’t even do that in other ways.

Chevrolet’s midsize Colorado has twice earned our Truck of the Year calipers, and if you’re as curious as we are about the 2019 Silverado, keep reading for our best guesses (the outgoing Silverado is pictured below).

Not a Hard Decision

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will stick with a steel body, giving it an advantage for traditionalists not convinced by Ford’s expensive decision to build the F-150 with weight-reducing aluminum. Adding aluminum to development would have increased cost, diverting money that otherwise could be invested back in updated powertrains.

10 for All?

Speaking of updated powertrains, don’t be surprised to see Chevrolet use a 10-speed automatic transmission for V-6 and V-8 gas-powered engine options. Currently, the 2018 Silverado’s 4.3-liter V-6 produces 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque—that’s more torque than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 but less horsepower than those two rivals. That engine or the more volume-oriented 5.3-liter V-8 might get downsized and add turbochargers, but the 6.2-liter V-8 should continue, giving Chevrolet a powertrain option with well over 400 hp.

A mild hybrid model is likely to make its return on the next-gen Silverado (yes, the eAssist model still exists), but Silverado customers looking for the best marriage of efficiency with capability might be more interested in …

The Diesel

Ford has confirmed a diesel-powered F-150 is on the way, and at Motor Trend, we’ve been impressed by the diesel on the Ram 1500, which was our 2013 and 2014 Truck of the Year. Chevrolet has been introducing diesels across its lineup, adding a 2.8-liter unit on the Colorado, and debuting diesel variants of the Cruze sedan and Equinox crossover. A Silverado diesel for the 2019 or 2020 model year is a real possibility.

But Will it Look Like a Camaro?

In a segment as important to Chevrolet as the full-size truck, the Silverado’s visual updates will clearly establish the 2019 model as new but maintain the current model’s boxy appeal. The split headlight design detail should return, complemented by a more modern LED daytime running light treatment. Those LED daytime running lights, by the way, could be paired with HID headlights on base models—already standard on every 2018 Silverado—or D-Optic LED headlights on higher trims (the feature made its debut on the 2018 Traverse). Updated headlights might improve the current Silverado’s IIHS headlight rating of Poor; the Ram 1500’s ratings go up to Marginal (one rating higher), and the 2018 F-150 also gets a Poor rating.

Ready to Haul

Ford increased the maximum towing capacity on the 2018 F-150 to 13,200 pounds, and the 2018 Silverado already maxes out at an impressive 12,500 pounds. Putting aside the omnipresent battle for top-towing bragging rights, we hope most engine/cab configurations on the 2019 Silverado get a little boost, too.

Rebel, Raptor, and …

Chevrolet offers the Z71 package for those who want more off-road capability than a standard four-wheel-drive system can provide, but the automaker might prepare an even more capable, halo-worthy Silverado model in the next couple years. Ram has the Rebel and Ford the Raptor; with the Colorado ZR2 leading Chevy’s charge in the midsize segment, could a full-size off-road offering be far behind?

Higher Country

When Chevrolet introduced the high-end Silverado High Country model, the automaker originally told us it was trying to fill the space between LTZ and the GMC Sierra Denali trim (a pre-refresh 2014 model is shown here). For the new Silverado, we’re curious to see if that will remain the strategy. Ford already offers three F-150 trims with base prices above $50,000, with the Limited cresting $60,000. Along with general improvements to the Silverado’s overall level of refinement, we expect Chevrolet’s luxury trim—or trims—to reach higher.

The new Silverado could offer a 360-degree multicamera system on higher trims, as well as the automaker’s rear camera mirror.

The outgoing Silverado hasn’t exactly been a Motor Trend favorite, placing third in a 2014 comparison against a Ram 1500 and Ford F-150. Even so, as Chevrolet celebrates an entire century of building trucks, we’re eager to see what the automaker has planned for the 2019 Silverado.

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Housebuilders dip on Barclays’ downgrades

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 06:35
Housebuilders fell on Monday after Barclays downgraded stocks stating “expectations of further government measures could be overblown.”
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Chevrolet Unveils More Concept Cars and Trucks for SEMA

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 02:00

Chevy’s SEMA presence is now up to about half the size of its gigantic Detroit auto show footprint. That’s how big a business aftermarket parts and accessories have become for GM generally and Chevy specifically. The Chevy, AC Delco, GM Certified Service, and GM Performance Parts catalogs combined carry a million part numbers that are racking up $6 billion in revenue—that’s billion with a B. Hence Chevy’s jumbo SEMA display will feature some 20 vehicles and 25 crate engines. We’ve already covered some of what will be there—the Corvette Carbon 65 edition, the Colorado ZR2 Midnight and Dusk editions, and the Centennial Silverado and Colorado editions and the vintage C-10 built to match them—as for the rest, read on …

Camaro ZL1 1LE

The car that laid down the 7:16.04 Nürburgring lap will be on display, along with a Camaro on its side showing off all the 1LE components that can be purchased à la carte for patient souls who prefer or need to build their 1LE one paycheck at a time. All parts fit any sixth-generation Camaro. We’d recommend starting with the bushing replacement kits, which remove most of the rubber (and hence handling compliance) out of the suspension, and the reversible upper strut mounts, whihc allow for quick, easily reversible camber changes at the track.

Camaro ZL1 Drag Development Car

Last year Chevy showed a Camaro SS upfitted with performance parts designed to showcase how an owner might optimize an SS for NHRA drag racing duty. Many of the parts developed in that exercise are now available. For this year’s exercise the team is looking at what one an owner might do to a ZL1 to transform it from a handling-track star to a quarter-mile killer. Highlights again include a small brake kit to fit within 16-inch wheels that accommodate the tall sidewalls preferred for low-pressure sticky-tire launches. A smaller supercharger pulley speeds up the blower for more boost, and a larger throttle body further hastens airflow into the engine. Breathing is further enhanced by a cold air intake and performance air filter that inhales through the vacant eye socket left by removing the left headlamp. American Racing headers, revised engine and transmission-shift calibrations, and Magnetic Ride Control shocks programmed to foster more rearward weight transfer during launch round out the kit. Expect to see many of these parts on sale at this time next year.

Camaro SS Trans Am TA4 Race Car

Trans Am racing’s TA4 class is designed to bring back the glory days of American pony/muscle car rivalry. Todd Napieralski competes in this class, and he managed an impressive second-place finish at Road America last year. A TA4-Spec Camaro race car will be on display at Chevy’s SEMA stand, complete with ZL1 1LE Multimatic DSSV shocks and suspension, ZL1 rear cradle mounts, and a ZL1 1LE rear spoiler.

Silverado Performance Concept

This concept features a 5.3-liter engine topped off with the supercharger from an LT4 engine. Most of the rest of the modifications are already available in Chevy’s vast catalog of customizing parts, including the air dam, suspension lowering kit, cold air intake, performance six-piston Brembo calipers clamping 16.1-inch front rotors, and a high-flow sport exhaust system.

Silverado 3500 HD NHRA Safety Safari

Chevrolet is the official truck of the NHRA, and this giant Duramax diesel-powered HD concept was built to celebrate that relationship. Major upgrades include a modified replacement hood, an elaborate graphics package, and every conceivable tool a safety crew would need to rescue a racing driver after a crash—including a “jaws of life” device. It also features some Midnight Edition trim (like black bowties) that are not offered on HD trucks from the factory. The wheels are the best part because they apparently started out as 22.5-inch dually wheels that were machined down to 22s.

Luke Bryan Suburban

Country music aficionados will recognize the collaborator lending his name to this truck, which seeks to render the title of his Kill the Lights album’s smash hit “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” in sheetmetal, glass, and rubber. The HFE badging alludes to that song title. This seven-passenger Suburban has been converted into the ultimate mobile hunting blind by removing all cargo-area glass, transforming the liftgate into a side-opening tailgate complete with a spare tire mount, and reversing the third-row seat so it faces the ducks, deer, and other forest creatures. Other interior touches include orange-anodized and dark carbon accent trim, two-tone gray seats featuring orange piping, and ventilation holes for the seat coolers poked in a camo pattern, a light platinum colored “Taffeta” headliner.  A roof-mounted Thule Canyon roof basket carrier features special fishing rod holders. The Hunter Bronze paint incorporates lighter colored camo graphics at the bottom that fade to solid color midway up the truck. Providing extra off-road capabilities are a set of 22-inch Chevrolet Accessories wheels with orange-painted insets wearing 35-inch-tall off-road tires, a 6-inch suspension lift, skidplate extensions, and a locking rear differential. On-road performance is only enhanced by a cold air-intake system and a Chevrolet Performance front six-piston Brembo brake system upgrade. An accessory grille with orange painted inserts, anodized orange tow hooks, a Baja Designs roof-mounted light bar, a custom lower fascia, and the de riguer black Bow Ties round out this attractive and functional package. If only the budget had allowed for engineering a ’60s vintage three-way tailgate, Luke could back up to his favorite pond and fish off the tailgate …

Traverse SUP Concept

This recently redesigned Traverse three-row CUV pays homage to the fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding (see Motor Trend’s sister publication SUP if you’re an enthusiast). Taking it from the top, a Riviera Paddlesurf board is mounted to a Chevy accessory carrier supplied by Thule. The whole car gets an aquatic-themed graphics package color-keyed to the board accented by dark gray fascias, rockers, and wheel opening trim, gloss black body moldings, black foglamp bezels, and tinted wheels. Further accessorizing from the Chevy catalog includes 20-inch black wheels, a black grille insert and Bow Ties, assist steps, and embroidered headrests.

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Audi Sport Performance Parts, TT Clubsport Turbo Concept Debut at SEMA

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 21:31

Audi is using the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to launch its Audi Sport Performance Parts line, as well as for the U.S. debut of its TT Clubsport turbo concept.

The company announced that it will start its U.S.-market Sport Performance Parts offerings with the TT RS and R8 V10. These will become available at select dealers in 2018.

Bits on offer for the Audi TT RS include a two-way adjustable coilover suspension, additional chassis bracing, brake upgrades, 20-inch wheels with stickier tires, and aerodynamic enhancements for additional downforce. An Akrapovic titanium exhaust is also available, as well as a sport performance steering wheel with carbon shift paddles.

No details were given on what Performance Parts Audi Sport will offer for the R8 in the U.S., but they should include similar upgrades to the suspension, exhaust system, exterior, and interior.

As for the Audi TT Clubsport turbo concept, it was inspired by the Audi 90 IMSA GTO race car of the late 1980s. The concept packs a 2.5-liter a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that offers 600 hp. Audi claims it can scoot from a 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and continue up to a top speed of 192.6 mph. It’s 5.5 inches wider than the current production version and features a manually adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing.

The McCann Racing Audi R8 LMS will also join the Audi Sport display. Audi says the R8 LMS shares more than 50 percent of its parts with the street version including its 5.2-liter V-10 engine.

Audi says pricing will be announced closer to the specialty parts on-sale date. So for now the only place to find them outside of Germany is at the 2017 SEMA Show that runs from October 31 to November 3.

Source: Audi


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