Green light for East Croydon station resi-led redevelopment

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:34
Joint venture partners Menta and housebuilder Redrow have received planning permission to develop a major new infrastructure and residential-led regeneration scheme which will create a new station entrance to East Croydon Station.
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Birmingham resi values grow 31% in five years

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:12
Average residential values in Birmingham have grown by 31% in five years, causing the traditional city centre boundaries to expand, according to Savills.
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Wrenbridge adds 400,000 sq ft of warehouse stock

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:43
Developer Wrenbridge has secured 25 acres of space in Rainham to add 400,000 sq ft to its warehouse pipeline.
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South Bank Tower apartments sold for £125m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:29
The final apartments at South Bank Tower have been sold to an international investor for more than £125m.
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JLL boss Ulbrich sees pay leap 53% to $9m despite shareholder rebellion

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:02
JLL chief executive Christian Ulbrich’s total pay package rockets 53% to more than $9m, as the firm outlines a raft of changes to its executive pay policy following last year’s shareholder rebellion.
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New FD in shake-up at Taylor Wimpey

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:16
FTSE 100 housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced that group finance director Ryan Mangold is stepping down after eight years in the role to be replaced by current London divisional chair Chris Carney.
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2018 Ford EcoSport First Drive: Launch Control

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

“Dearborn, we’ve got a problem here.” We imagine the 2018 Ford EcoSport’s marketing manager paraphrasing Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert’s famous line upon discovering the full details of the hand-me-up subcompact cute-ute he or she was tasked with launching into one of America’s hottest and fast-growing sales segments. Swigert was reporting what turned out to be an oxygen-tank explosion that compromised the ship’s electrical and life-support systems. Ford’s marketing team faces the daunting if less critical task of peddling a “brand new” six-year-old vehicle optimized for emerging markets.

The EcoSport is based on 2011 Fiesta underpinnings and since mid-2012 has been produced in Romania, China, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, and (for our market) India. We bet it’s a peach in those places. But in the U.S., where it must lure customers away from Subaru Crosstreks, Kia Souls, Jeep Renegades, Honda HR-Vs, and the Chevrolet Trax, the EcoSport looks to us like a tough marketing challenge.

How have Ford’s “mission controllers” handled this dicey launch? By taking a page from Buick’s introduction of the Chinese-built Envision and quietly releasing the car into the market in January before ever formally inviting any automotive press to drive or report on it, thus bending the adage: “If they won’t have anything nice to say about it, don’t let them say anything at all.” So in March we finally drove two EcoSports that were on hand following a 2019 Ford Fusion backgrounder.

The mainstream 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost EcoSport (say eek-oh-boost echo-sport) engine produces 123 hp at 6,000 rpm and 125 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. These numbers are lowest in the class, resulting in the highest weight-to-power rating, so it’s no shocker that this three-banger seemed to struggle with two adults onboard. It moans under hard acceleration and it vibrates the steering wheel when it’s working hard. Not even a brake-torque launch could elicit so much as a chirp from the front tires. Ford optimistically rates the 1.0-liter as capable of towing 1,400 pounds. Please don’t try this.

Opt for all-wheel drive and you automatically get the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder and an “intelligent” torque distribution system that lets you monitor where the torque is going via a dash screen. This engine produces a healthier and more class-competitive 166 hp at 6,500 rpm and 149 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm, earning a more plausible 2,000-pound tow rating. The only available transmission with either engine is a six-speed torque-converter automatic—a welcome upgrade from the little-loved dry dual-clutch box the EcoSport was born with. Ford claims the steering wheel shift paddles offered on the SES 2.0-liter we drove are a segment first (our Titanium 1.0-liter lacked them). Although the big engine greatly improves acceleration response, it still feels and sounds coarser and less refined than those powering the class leaders.

By the literal yardstick, EcoSport measures among the smallest in the class, measuring 1.7-14.5 inches shorter than the top six sellers, riding on the only sub-100-inch wheelbase in the bunch. It’s also narrower than everything in the class since the Nissan Juke’s departure. In fact, dimensionally it’s like a Juke that stands about 3 inches taller.

That short wheelbase and tall seating position give EcoSport a slightly squirrelly handling demeanor. Nothing dangerous, mind you (stability control comes standard), but we found it disconcertingly easy to induce oversteer—and instantaneous intervention from the nannies—when braking into some ess-turns in north-central Detroit. Ride quality is another area where the intersection of elderly underpinnings and a design optimized for third-world roads and expectations result in sharp reports and steering wheel judders from driveway curb-cuts and frost-heaved pavement slabs its competitors take in stride.

Inside, the segment’s top sellers are all larger in the front and back seats, though the EcoSport holds a narrow cargo-space advantage over the Trax and the Renegade with its seats up. There’s also an available cargo-management system with a movable load floor. Of course, if you find yourself needing to carry something a bit longer than the cargo floor, you’ll be better served by a top-hinged hatch you can tie down to meet it than by the Ford’s left-hinged, side-opening rear door. As unique selling propositions go, this is not a strong one.

Our EcoSport SES’ interior was trimmed in attractive black cloth with copper stripes on the seats and copper anodized-look accents on the dash, console, and door panels. And looking more closely at the pebble-grain plastic on the dash revealed it to feature a unique pattern of recessed circles inside raised squares. Ironically, the more expensive Titanium grade trim looked cheaper, with shiny “piano black” trim replacing the SES’ copper anodized stuff. Because nothing in this interior hints “Steinway,” this shiny black stuff comes off looking plasticky and contributes to making the black perforated leather seem more like vinyl. All EcoSports get Sync connectivity, with most getting the upgraded Sync 3 (on-screen Waze!) with a 6.5- or 8.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi that can connect 10 devices.

Finally, it’s hard to find any compelling news on the value front. EcoSport base prices span from $20,990 to $28,325, which only convincingly undercuts the Trax. If you don’t need AWD, a Kia Soul is better looking, way more fun to drive, and way cheaper ($18,695-$23,795 for automatic-transmission models); an HR-V ($21,445-$27,515 for automatic models) brings legendary Honda resale value; and a $25,905 mid-grade Subaru Crosstrek with the EyeSight option package gets world-class crash-prevention systems and adaptive cruise control not available on this little Bollywood Ford. We wish this EcoSport a safe and expeditious landing and hope its imminent successor reminds us more of Apollo 14.

2018 Ford EcoSport BASE PRICE $20,990-$28,325 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINES 1.0L/123-hp/125-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 12-valve I-3; 2.0L/166-hp/149-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT 3,050-3,300 lb (mfr) WHEELBASE 99.2 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 161.3 x 69.5 x 65.1 in 0-60 MPH 9.0-10.0 sec (MT est) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 23-27/29/25-28 mpg ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 126-147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.70-0.76 lb/mile ON SALE IN U.S. Currently

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2018 BMW X5 Diesel First Test: Efficient Twist

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

The X5 was BMW’s first crossover, and it has since become one the automaker’s best-selling models. In its third generation, there’s an X5 for every taste, from traditional gas-powered models to a plug-in hybrid to the potent X5 M. We got our hands on the diesel-powered 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d to see how it stacks up as an alternative to your run-of-the-mill, gas-burning luxury crossover.

See spy shots of the next-generation BMW X5 right here

Power for the 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d comes via a 3.0-liter turbodiesel I-6 rated at 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA estimate of 23/29 mpg city/highway, the diesel-powered X5 is the second-most efficient variant in the lineup, behind the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid. After undergoing our own Real MPG fuel economy testing, we found that the diesel-powered X5 is more efficient than expected, yielding 26.0/33.2 mpg city/highway. With a 22.4-gallon tank, you have a luxury crossover that will do well over 600 miles before needing to refuel.

At the track, the diesel-powered crossover hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds at 91.3 mph. Associate road test editor Erick Ayapana said the engine has noticeable turbo lag off the line but that the transmission keeps the engine right in the heart of its powerband in Sport mode. Stopping from 60 mph took 125 feet; however, the ABS pulsates aggressively during hard braking, and the crossover dives when you suddenly hit the brakes.

The X5 xDrive35d finished the figure-eight course in 27.0 seconds with an average of 0.64 g. It generated 0.84 g of lateral acceleration on the skid pad. Road test editor Chris Walton was impressed that the X5 “hustles around the figure eight as a BMW should” but noted that the standard all-season tires causes it to understeer. Walton also noted that the steering needs constant attention and that the body rolls a lot in corners.

On the road, the diesel-powered X5 is pleasant to drive, and there’s plenty of power for passing slower traffic or climbing up grades. The ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic provides quick, smooth shifts and snappy responses. Combined with its responsive throttle and torquey engine, the X5 is easy to drive quickly. The mushy brake pedal doesn’t give the driver much confidence, though. It feels like there’s not enough stopping power even though there’s plenty. Other than a rough start/stop system, which you can turn off, it’s hard to tell that the refined powertrain is a diesel.

For its size, the X5 handles well; it’s no sports car, but for a large crossover, it’s well sorted. The X5’s steering doesn’t feel connected to the front wheels, and the imprecise system makes the crossover feel as large as it is, especially on narrow roads. Ride comfort is excellent, especially with BMW’s optional Dynamic Damper Control system. In Comfort mode, the X5 soaks up road imperfections well. Sport mode stiffens the dampers, but it’s still compliant on bad roads. The standard run-flat tires produce some road noise, though.

Inside, the cabin features high-quality materials with soft plastics on the dash and plenty of padding where your arms fall. Hard plastics are nowhere to be found in the X5’s cabin, and everything feels well put together. On the road, nothing rattles or creaks, even when you go over less-than-perfect pavement. Engine noise is minimal even at full throttle, but wind noise is noticeable, especially from the A-pillar on the driver’s side. Passenger space is excellent for front and second-row passengers. There’s a third row option, too, but think of that small area as an occasional-use-only space for two kids—if you want a full-size BMW three-row crossover, wait for the upcoming X7. Front-seat comfort could be better, as the seat backs are flat and don’t have much side support, making the optional multicontour front seats worth the extra cost.

For hauling, the X5 has a generous 35.8-cubic-foot cargo area behind the second row. BMW includes 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats as standard for improved flexibility, allowing you to carry long items and four passengers at the same time. Behind the front seats there’s 76.7 cubic feet of cargo space, plenty for a Costco run or Ikea shopping spree. (Our tester didn’t have the third-row seat.)

BMW’s iDrive multimedia system has seen continuous improvement, and in the 2018 X5 xDrive35d, it’s more user-friendly. With the addition of a touchscreen, you don’t have to rely on the knob to navigate through the system, and its layout has been simplified with the addition of reconfigurable tiles. A touchpad on top of the knob has a hard time recognizing letters and numbers, which means when writing the letter “A,” it will sometimes think it’s a “4.” The standard audio offers good sound, but audiophiles should opt for the Harman Kardon system or the Bang & Olufsen surround sound systems, both of which offer superior in-car listening experiences. Apple CarPlay is the only smartphone integration app available, and it can be operated wirelessly.

Our tester came equipped with the Driving Assistance and Driving Assistance Plus packages. The former adds active blind-spot monitoring (a visual warning is followed by a vibrating steering wheel if you start to drift), a head-up display, and lane departure warning. The Plus package adds adaptive cruise control and the Active Driving Assistant, which bundles forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. All of the active driver assistance features were mostly unobtrusive except for the lane departure system, which mistook the grooves on the road for lane lines, causing the steering wheel to vibrate because it thought the car veered off its intended path. Other features on our tester included LED headlights and a surround-view camera system.

As tested, our 2018 X5 xDrive35d checked in at $73,445 and was still many thousands of dollars away from being loaded. (The AWD-only diesel X5 is only $1,500 more than an X5 xDrive35i.) A Volvo XC90 T6 has a more elegant interior for about the same price as our tester, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 checks in just slightly above but comes with more features. A similarly priced Audi Q7 gets you more creature comforts, including massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a 19-speaker Bose audio system, while a fully loaded Acura MDX will leave you with around $10,000 for a vacation.

Even though this generation of X5 has been on the market for years and comes with a hefty price tag, the diesel model remains a solid entry. You get a quiet, spacious cabin for five passengers with surprisingly good fuel efficiency for such a large vehicle. The X5 does its job as a family vehicle well, and when equipped with the diesel engine, it adds prodigious torque and good fuel efficiency for a big crossover—just make sure you keep an eye on the price when selecting options.

2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d BASE PRICE $61,995 PRICE AS TESTED $73,445 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 3.0L/255-hp/413-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 24-valve I-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,935 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 115.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 193.2 x 76.3 x 69.4 in 0-60 MPH 6.0 sec QUARTER MILE 14.6 sec @ 91.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 125 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.0 sec @ 0.64 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 26.0/33.2/28.8 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 23/29/25 mpg ENERGY EMISSIONS, CITY/HWY 164/130 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.88 lb/mile

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Celebrity Drive: Tarek El Moussa of HGTV’s ‘Flip or Flop’

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

Quick Stats: Tarek El Moussa, HGTV’s Flip or Flop
Daily Driver: 2014 GMC Sierra Denali (Tarek’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: see below
Favorite road trip: Orange County to Mammoth, CA
Car he learned to drive in: 1994 Toyota 4Runner
First car bought: 1985 Buick Park Avenue

Tarek El Moussa, star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, has an eclectic garage—but his favorite ride isn’t his Lamborghini as you might expect.

Photo: Nuphoto Photography

“My daily driver is my lifted white GMC Denali truck. It has a big engine,” he says. “I like trucks because they’re good with storage. It’s lifted so I can go off-roading, and the inside—it’s really nice, nice dash, big screen. I like all the technology, it’s just a really, really beautiful truck.”

El Moussa does go off-roading in it when he can, and rates it a perfect 10: “It’s the longest I’ve owned a car,” he says, with a laugh. “I drive that a lot.”

2017 Jeep Wrangler

Rating: 20 for coolness, 7 for drivability

Photo: Nuphoto Photography

More recently, El Moussa bought what he says is a “crazy” 2017 Jeep Wrangler he wasn’t even looking to buy. While he was looking at new Lamborghinis at a local car dealership, he saw the Jeep and ended up buying it.

“[It was] completely taken apart and then completely rebuilt and looked like a Transformer,” he says. “The Jeep Wrangler is absolutely the coolest Jeep you’ll see on the road, big 38-inch tires. It’s not the easiest to drive, because the tires are so big, it kind of throws you all over your lane. So it’s more difficult to use that as a longer daily driver.”

He rates it a 20 for coolness, but for functionality and drivability he gives it a 7. “I get as many looks in that thing as I do my Lambourghini,” he says.

2011 Lamborghini Gallardo

Rating: 10

Photo: Nuphoto Photography

“I just love everything about it,” he says about his Gallardo. “The only thing that’s lacking is the updated technology, which is why I’m buying the new one.”

“I love driving the Lamborghini, it’s super, super fast. I’m probably going to get the Aventador or the Huracan,” he says. “I do like Ferraris, I was in Canada last April racing Ferraris, which was the coolest experience ever. I love racing everything—motorcycles, dirt bikes, trucks, cars.”

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Rating: 10

Photo: Nuphoto Photography

“What I’m in right now, which I use multiple days per week when I go to set, is a Sprinter that was completely modified to be a Sprinter executive limo,” he says.

He’s come to rely on the Sprinter, especially when shooting his HGTV show. “I have two 50-inch screen TVs, I have a full bar, I have a surround sound system, refrigerator, all this cool stuff. [With a driver in the front], I just hang out in the back like I am right now. I have captain’s chairs, five iPads, it’s like the coolest thing ever. I love this thing,” he says.

The customized van comes in handy when he’s out on the town with friends. “I go on dates, or whatever I’m going to do, I get a driver, so I have to worry about driving or Uber, and it’s just really, really great.

Car he learned to drive in

Growing up in Buena Park, California, El Moussa learned to drive in a 1994 Toyota 4Runner. “I got my permit on the day I turned 15 and I got my license on the day I turned 16. I’ve always loved driving. I took my test in the city of Downey in the middle of traffic, and thank god I passed,” he says, with a laugh.

First car bought

El Moussa’s parent’s bought him a Toyota T100 truck for high school, which he had to sell when he was going into real estate at 19.

“I downgraded and bought a 1985 Buick Park Avenue, because I just got into real estate and I needed more of a professional car, so I paid five grand and that was my real estate car,” he says.

At the time it was the best he could afford for a proper real estate car. “It was good for clients. My truck was a lifted black truck, so that definitely wasn’t the best real estate car,” he points out.

One day, while driving a client in Anaheim, the car did something that surprised both of them. “The car’s 16 years old and I’m at a red light, and then all of a sudden all these little black balls came flying out of the AC vent, and the car started vibrating,” El Moussa says. It was really weird.”

El Moussa only had the Buick for two and a half years, after which he bought a brand new 2004 Cadillac Escalade, his first splurge car. “I was building my company, I was making good money,” he says. “And then my first high end high end car, I bought a Bentley Continental GT Speed, that was a really fun car.”

Photo courtesy of HGTV Favorite road trip

El Moussa’s favorite road trip memories are the ones from Orange County to Mammoth with his mom on a trip that took about four and a half hours. “I would always go with my mom to Mammoth. It was just something we always did because I was snowboarding,” he says. “[I have] a lot of fond memories of driving as a kid, and there’s one specific restaurant that we always would stop at on the way there, so it was just a ride that I grew up with.”

He recalls one trip that was particularly memorable. “As I was driving to Mammoth, my mom fell asleep and I was driving 110 mph and she woke up,” he says, laughing. “She goes, ‘What are you doing?’”

HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” Season 7 Photo courtesy of HGTV

The hit show Flip or Flop returns on HGTV at the end of May. El Moussa says the crew is working hard on season 7, saying he thinks it’ll be the best season yet.

With his strong work ethic, he kept working on the show even when he was battling cancer. “It’s been a fight, coming from nothing, getting to where I am, losing everything, starting over. And when I was faced with cancer,” he says, he determined that  “the best thing I could do for my family is stay positive, love my family, [and] keep working. I mean, it was horrific, I was sick on set, and had migraines and went through it.”

He’s since become a spokesman for Movember, and also works with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

“The only positive is that I’ve been able to create awareness … and I’ve gotten messages from people letting me know they found out they had cancer because of reading my story,” he says.

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Carpetright chief: 'We will emerge stronger from CVA'

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:00
Chief executive Wilf Walsh insists firm will not become another Toys R Us and plans fundraising to invest in remaining stores
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Landsec mulls flexible office brand launch

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:00
Listed developer considering new product in response to serviced office demand.
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Newsweek sheds Canary Wharf office space

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:00
Troubled publisher Newsweek Media Group has appointed McCalmont-Woods to market its 25 Canada Square office space in Canary Wharf.
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Record sum for West End office sale

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:00
A private Asian investor has sold a prime office and residential building on Upper Grosvenor Street in London’s West End at a record £2,250/sq ft capital value.
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PGIM finances spec logistics development in Suffolk

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:00
Jaynic secures loan covering 95% of cost of rare speculative scheme for ‘underserved area for logistics’.
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The X3 M May Be the First BMW SUV to Get a Competition Package

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:30

BMW has yet to officially confirm plans to add an X3 M to its lineup, but it’s almost definitely happening. Why else would this prototype be testing on the Nürburgring? And why would this one show up in California? Considering how close to production-ready they look, we have a feeling the official announcement will happen soon. But from the sound of it, an even sportier version of the X3 M will soon follow.

Spanish automotive outlet reports that BMW plans to offer the X3 M with a Competition Package similar to the ones found on the M3 and M5. So while the regular X3 M is said to make at least 450 hp, the Competition Package will reportedly boost that figure to 475 hp. With beefier brakes and a sportier suspension setup that includes upgraded springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars, the Competition Package should improve the X3 M’s handling, as well.

Based on a comment Frank van Meel, the head of BMW’s M division, made last year, we know the German automaker hasn’t ruled out Competition Packages for its M-badged SUVs. If this report is accurate, that would make the X3 M the first SUV in BMW’s lineup to offer the option.

“Well Competition is a strong growing market in demand, and that goes for every M,” van Meel told AutoGuide. “So that’s also a feature we’re going to use more often in the future. And that does not exclude SUVs.”

But while 475 hp would put the X3 M with the Competition Package ahead of the 440-hp Porsche Macan Turbo with the Performance Package, the 503-hp Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S will still be more powerful. However, if the Competition Package’s upgraded suspension makes the BMW more fun to drive, the power deficit may not matter.


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Swipe no more: Chevrolets now available with i-car payment for Shell gas

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 23:44
Drivers of certain newer Chevrolet vehicles can now tap away at their vehicle's infotainment screen to pay for gas while they remain behind the wheel, eliminating the need to swipe a credit card. Most 2017 and newer Chevrolet vehicles now feature a Shell icon in their infotainment systems' Markeplace app. A tap of that icon generates a code that...
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Ford to Offer 1.5-Liter That Can Run on Two Cylinders in U.S.

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 23:12

Ford will offer its new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation technology in the U.S., reports Automotive News, speaking with Ford powertrain chief David Filipe.

The 1.5-liter three-cylinder headed stateside is able to turn off one of its cylinders in certain conditions to boost fuel economy. According to Filipe, it will also replace Ford’s current 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The four-cylinder is offered on the Escape and Fusion in the U.S.

Although signs seem to point to the Escape and Fusion, Filipe didn’t disclose exactly which vehicles would get the 1.5-liter three-cylinder. But we know this specific engine is coming to the new global Focus that debuted earlier this month. In the Euro-spec Focus, the 1.5-liter makes between 140 hp and 180 hp depending on the configuration. Also joining the three-cylinder party, the Focus ST will reportedly receive a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder good for 275 hp. This engine should outperform the old 2.0-liter four in both horsepower and fuel economy.

Ford hasn’t offered powertrain specs for the new U.S.-bound Focus. We can expect to see the small car arrive here in 2019.

Cylinder deactivation is nothing new, but it will be interesting to see how the unit performs on just two cylinders. The last Ford car in the U.S. that operated on two cylinders was the 1906 Model F, AN notes.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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This Company will Sell You a Brand New 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:49

If you walk into a Ford dealer today, you can pick up a 2018 Mustang GT that makes 460 hp, hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and includes an optional magnetic suspension for less than $45,000. It will be comfortable and refined enough to take on a road trip, while still keeping up with the pricier BMW M4 on the track. But no matter how good the current car is, there’s always going to be a certain group of people who wish Ford would simply keep building vintage Mustangs. That’s where continuation builders such as Classic Recreations come in.

Classic Recreations has been building officially licensed Shelby Mustangs for a while, and according to our friends at AUTOMOBILE, they’re good. Really good. Recently, CR landed the license to build three more classic Mustangs: the 1969-1970 Boss 302, the 1969-1970 Boss 429, and the 1969-1970 Mach 1. These aren’t resto-mods, either. Underneath the vintage sheetmetal, you essentially get a brand new car.

“We chose to offer these new models because we wanted to expand our Ford offerings beyond just Shelbys,” said owner Jason Engel in a statement. “The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them. This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

Customers can choose to use an original 1969 or 1970 Mustang body, or they can order a new one that’s been licensed by Ford. Classic Recreations then drops in a custom-built engine that uses modern electronic fuel injection and engine management software the original cars didn’t have. The Boss 429 will only be available with a 429 cubic-inch engine, but the Boss 302 can be ordered with either a Coyote V-8 crate engine or a 363 cubic-inch stroker engine that’s built using a 302 block. The Mach 1, on the other hand, comes with any engine CR currently offers, including Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit.

If it sounds like buying a brand new classic Mustang would be expensive, that’s because it is. Classic Recreations hasn’t released pricing on the latest additions to its lineup, but its GT350CR starts just under $170,000 and can easily be optioned past the $200,000 mark. Expect the rest of the lineup to be priced similarly.

Source: Classic Recreations

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Mercedes-Maybach’s Vision of Ultimate Luxury Involves in-car…Tea?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:15

Mercedes has big ambitions for its first Maybach SUV, if this new concept vehicle bound for the Beijing auto show is any indication. Ahead of the reveal, Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener has posted two new videos of the SUV’s interior on his Instagram page.

As we surmised from previous teasers, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury features an abundance of white leather. Now we see a clearer picture of the individual seats with pillows, Maybach logos, and copper-colored backings. Two large panoramic roofs create an open atmosphere throughout the cabin. On the wood door panels, there is ambient lighting formed by an intricate network of lines. The car’s center console extends all the way from the front seats to the rear, and in between the two rear seats, you’ll find an elegant tea set.

The Maybach story continues. Stay tuned… #VisionMaybach #MercedesMaybach #UltimateLuxury #Luxury #MercedesBenz #MBcars #MBdesign #MBhotandcool #AutoChina

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The SUV is expected to sit on the same platform as the new GLS. According to Autocar, Mercedes fully plans to bring the SUV to production, and we should see the final model at the Los Angeles auto show later this year. It’s unclear how much of the dramatic design will become reality, but Mercedes plans on bringing the SUV to market in 2019.

Our Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury embodies the traditional design language of the brand, while continuing the successful Mercedes-Maybach story. Get excited! #VisionMaybach #MercedesMaybach #UltimateLuxury #Luxury #MercedesBenz #MBcars #MBdesign #MBhotandcool #AutoChina

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We should get a better view of the concept’s exterior next week when the Beijing auto show begins.

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Figures down year on year at Auction House London sale

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:12
Auction House London raised £13m at its latest sale last week, selling 57, or 68%, of the 85 lots offered – less than the £14.6m raised and 76% success rate achieved last April.
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