Travis Perkins notes positive start to year

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:58
Travis Perkins said sales growth in the first quarter of 2021 was driven by strong demand in the RMI market.
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Dalata Hotel Group hires Carol Phelan as chief financial officer

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:55
Dalata Hotel Group has promoted Carol Phelan to the role of chief financial officer, effective from July 1.
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The Character Group snaps up Middleton industrial complex

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:08
The CharacterGroup has acquired a 158,000 sq ft warehouse and office facility in Middleton, Property Week can reveal.
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The Charter Group snaps up Middleton industrial complex

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:08
The Charter Group has acquired a 158,000 sq ft warehouse and office facility in Middleton, Property Week can reveal.
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Spirits rise as retail reopens

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
Retail and hospitality landlords were upbeat this week as stores reopened across the country – but warned there was a long way to go before the market recovered from the devastating impact of Covid.
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RICS members voice anger as chair of investigation resigns

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
Peter Oldham’s resignation ‘for professional reasons’ comes as report deadline is pushed back to mid-June
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Moda makes senior hires as it ramps up activity

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
BTR developer operator Moda has made a host of senior appointments as it prepares to ramp up development across the UK.
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Domestic tourism set to drive UK hotel market recovery by 2024

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
Domestic rather than overseas tourists are set to drive the recovery of the UK hotel market, but UK tourism demand is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, predicts CBRE in its latest Hotels Pan EMEA Market Update.
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Property Week is the new LandAid media partner in Pro Bono push

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
Property Week is delighted to announce we are media partner to industry charity LandAid and Newcore Capital in their Pro Bono Programme, which hopes to facilitate £1m of pro bono work a year by 2023.
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Allsop and Strettons sales show strength of residential

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:00
Allsop raised £40.6m and Strettons £12.5m at their latest sales as demand continues to outstrip supply
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2021.5 Nissan GT-R NISMO Special Edition First Look: Need Mo’ NISMO?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 21:01

Nissan’s latest take on its GT-R sports car comes in the form of the NISMO Special Edition. The limited-run model, which is due to arrive in the United States this fall, straddles the line between the 2021 and 2022 model years, which is why the Japanese brand instead intends to market and sell this car on our shores as a 2021.5 model. 

Model year semantics aside, buyers of this extra-special GT-R are due for a real treat. Well, visually at least. Although the GT-R NISMO Special Edition maintains the GT-R NISMO’s 600-hp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive system, it does offer trim-exclusive styling details including a coat of Stealth Gray paint, RAYS-sourced 20-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with red accents, an exposed—albeit under clearcoat—carbon-fiber hood, and the inclusion of Nissan’s latest logo design throughout. The head-turning addition to the GT-R Nismo line also sports a Special Edition-specific plaque on the engine, which includes the name of the master technician that hand-assembled each of these six-figure sports cars’ hearts. 

Well, we assume the GT-R NISMO Special Edition will wear a six-figure price tag given the 2021 GT-R NISMO starts at $212,535 (and the plain-Jane 565-hp GT-R stickers for $115,335). Nevertheless, Nissan’s still keeping mum on pricing information for the NISMO Special Edition, as well as how many it’ll build. Smart money is on writing a check for well over $200,000 to snag one of these puppies. Good looks come at a cost. Right?

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What Is Ford Co-Pilot360? And Which SUVs, Cars, and Trucks Have the Safety Tech?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 19:00

The automaker that implemented mass production and affordable cars over 100 years ago is now making modern driver-assist features more accessible. Ford offers the Co-Pilot360 active safety suite in some form on almost every model it sells. (Ford GT drivers miss out, but something tells us they won’t mind.) Read on for all the details on Ford Co-Pilot360.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Features

Ford offers all the active safety features you’d expect in a modern vehicle. That starts with Pre-Collision Assist (also called forward collision warning) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). If the car is rapidly approaching a vehicle or pedestrian ahead to the point where sensors detect an impending collision, the system will issue an audiovisual warning before engaging the brakes if the driver doesn’t do so soon enough. Evasive Steering Assist can help avoid or mitigate a collision if there isn’t enough room to brake.

Next on the list is a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), sometimes referred to as blind-spot monitoring, with cross-traffic alert. This system lights up a small icon on the corresponding side mirror when there is a vehicle in your blind spot, and cross-traffic alert issues a warning when your vehicle is in reverse and another car is approaching from the side. 

Auto high-beams perform exactly the function you’d expect. Driving at night, the system will toggle between high- and low-beam headlights to provide superior visibility when the coast is clear without blinding oncoming drivers. The Lane-Keeping System (also known as lane departure warning and lane keep assist) issues an alert when your vehicle begins to drift out of the lane without an active turn signal and can apply steering to redirect the vehicle.

Lane keeping is different from Lane Centering, which Ford includes as part of its Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control system, along with Speed Sign Recognition. Lane Centering takes more control of the vehicle’s steering to keep it centered in the lane. We like that on vehicles equipped with Lane Centering, you can choose if you want to use the more advanced tech or just lane departure prevention for a more natural steering feel.

 The adaptive cruise setup allows drivers to set a desired speed, which the vehicle will maintain until there is another vehicle ahead, at which point it will engage the brakes to maintain the set following distance. When we experienced this system in the Explorer, it adjusted well (if slowly) to speed limits but left too large a gap in front for other cars to cut you off.

What Is BlueCruise?

Ford’s next generation of active safety functionality starts with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and 2021 F-150. Those two vehicles are available with a Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package that, starting in the second half of 2021, will include Ford’s new BlueCruise Level 2 driver-assist tech. The new system will enable true hands-free driving on over 100,000 miles of highway in the United States and Canada, like General Motors’ Super Cruise.

Which Ford Models Have Active Safety Tech? SUVs

The humble subcompact EcoSport is the only Ford vehicle with no driver-assist features as standard; BLIS and cross-traffic alert are optional on the EcoSport SE and standard on the Titanium. Stepping up to a base Escape adds automatic emergency braking, the lane keeping system, BLIS and cross-traffic alert, and auto high-beams. Adaptive cruise control with lane centering and speed sign recognition are optional on the SE and SEL or standard on the Titanium.

All Bronco Sport trims include automatic emergency braking, the lane keeping system, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beams as standard. All but the base model offer optional adaptive cruise with lane centering and speed sign recognition. For the full-size Bronco, the Mid package (optional on Big Bend, Black Diamond, and Badlands or standard on the Outer Banks and Wildtrak trims) includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, the lane keeping system, and auto high-beams. The Lux package, which is optional on Outer Banks trims and higher, adds Evasive Steering Assist and adaptive cruise.

Ford Edge models include automatic high-beams, BLIS and cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking as standard. The adaptive cruise system with lane centering and speed sign recognition is optional on SEL trims and higher.

In the three-row Explorer, automatic high-beams, lane keeping, blind-spot/cross-traffic alert, and auto emergency braking are standard on all models. Evasive steering and the adaptive cruise collection are optional on the XLT or standard on the Limited. Explorer ST and Platinum models add a semi-autonomous Active Park Assist 2.0 system plus low-speed rear emergency braking. Looking at Ford’s largest SUV, the Expedition, auto high beams, blind-spot and cross-traffic alert, lane keeping, and emergency braking are included on all trims. The adaptive cruise features are optional on XLT models and standard on Limited trims and above.

Ford’s most advanced active safety features are found on the electric Mustang Mach-E. Standard features include automatic high beams, BLIS and cross-traffic alert, lane keeping, and front and rear automatic emergency braking, but also the adaptive cruise tech and evasive steering assist. A Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package—optional on Select and GT or standard on California Route 1 and Premium trims—includes the hardware necessary for advanced semi-autonomous driving tech and is expected to make its debut in the third quarter 2021.

Vans and Trucks

On to work vehicles, the Transit Connect includes automatic emergency braking on all trims. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert plus lane keeping and automatic high-beams are standard on XLT and Titanium models. The compact Ranger pickup includes standard emergency braking. Blind-spot and cross-traffic features plus lane keeping are optional on the Ranger XL or standard on XLT models. Adaptive cruise tech is optional on the XLT and standard on a Lariat trim with the 501A equipment package.

Ford’s larger trucks are plenty safe, too. Super Duty models include no active safety suite features as standard, but XLT models add auto high-beams, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Platinum trims and above include the adaptive cruise features.

Having just been refreshed, the F-150 offers more content. XL trims include emergency braking, lane keeping, and automatic high-beams. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on base XL models or standard on XLT trims and higher. The XLT and Lariat also offer optional adaptive cruise and evasive steering assist, and Lariat models offer the semi-autonomous Prep package. King Ranch trims include the adaptive cruise features as standard, and the F-150 Limited includes everything we’ve mentioned including the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package.

Which Fords Are the Safest?

A few Ford models are especially strong performers in safety testing conducted by the IIHS, which evaluates a vehicle’s active safety tech as well as its crashworthiness and headlight performance. The Escape is a 2021 Top Safety Pick when equipped with the Titanium trim’s LED headlights, but the standard headlights on other trims have inadequate visibility.

The story is the same with the 2021 TSP–winning Ford Edge, which requires optional LED headlights on the Titanium and ST trims. The Edge’s standard LEDs get the lowest headlight rating of Poor due to excessive glare. The safest vehicle in Ford’s fleet is the Explorer. That car earns a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, meaning all models regardless of options are some of the safest vehicles on the road.

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Abri to spend £1.9bn on housing development by 2030

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:21
Abri has revealed plans to spend an estimated £1.9bn on developing 10,000 homes by 2030.
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Gaw Capital reveals plans for 107,000 sq ft office development Sky Hub

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:17
Real estate investment firm Gaw Capital has revealed plans for a 107,000 sq ft rooftop office development on Buckingham Palace Road.
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2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback First Look: More Model Y Alternatives

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:15

It isn’t enough to just build an electric car anymore. As an automaker keen on satisfying greenies, you must commit to sustainability. That means low-emission/carbon-neutral factories, sustainable material choices, and leveraging renewable energy. Audi’s all-new, fully electric Q4 E-Tron electric crossover (and its fastback Sportback counterpart) checks all three boxes and then some. This isn’t just another EV from Audi—it’s a mission statement.

The Q4 E-Tron kicks off Audi’s ushering in of a new era for itself, and it’s the company’s latest stab at an EV for the masses. Audi’s previous two E-Trons were an expensive midsize-ish SUV and a Porsche-based super sedan, the E-Tron GT. The smaller Q4 brings lessons from those E-Trons to the compact luxury crossover segment, and the result is an SUV that Audi says is spacious, luxurious, and exceptionally usable.

So What Is The Q4 E-Tron?

The new Q4 E-Tron will come as both a normally-shaped compact SUV and as a more swoopy Sportback, mimicking the now-common dual-pronged crossover options from BMW (X3 and X4) and Mercedes-Benz (GLC-Class and GLC-Class Coupe) in the same space. As with those offerings, the Q4 E-Trons will be mechanically identical. As such, most of their mechanical specifications are the same, but ranges and cargo capacities differ slightly. The Q4s are based on the same scalable MEB architecture as the Volkswagen ID4, but Audi says it has worked hard to make sure the two feel completely distinct.

Both Audi EVs do share similar exterior proportions, though. The ID4 and Q4 are somewhat bulbous compact EV crossovers, the major differences being the Audi’s more futuristic look and slightly less friendly face. The Q4 E-Tron, as you might have guessed, slots between the subcompact Q3 and compact Q5 (though closer to the latter) in terms of size and will seat a max of five passengers.

The suspension uses a McPherson strut design up front and a five-line setup at the rear, with dampers and coil springs at all four corners—much like the ID4. Where the two differ is with Audi’s optional dynamic package (which is standard on E-Tron S Line cars) that lowers the suspension and adds a variable-ratio steering system. Also included? An adaptive suspension that reads the road every five milliseconds and adapts to the way you’re driving. This best of both worlds solution should result in stout handling when you want it and comfy cruising when you don’t. There are also five driving modes that range between comfort, auto, efficiency, individual, and dynamic modes. You can even fully disable traction and stability control in the Q4 E-Tron if you’re feeling frisky.

A battery pack is mounted underneath the Q4’s floor, and the EV itself will be powered by either one or two electric motors depending on which of its three trims you pick. The lowliest Q4 is the Q4 35 E-Tron, which packs a 52-kWh battery pack. The Q4 40 and Q4 50 E-Tron Quattro models share a larger 77-kWh battery.

The rear-drive Q4 35’s single motor and lower-powered battery pack also make it the weakest of the bunch. Its lone motor makes 167 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. The Q4 40 is also rear-wheel-drive, but its motor pumps out 201 hp and the same 228 lb-ft of twisting force. The top-of-the-line Q4 50 Quattro model has two motors—one at each axle—and together they produce 295 hp and 339 lb-ft.

None of the three models have been rated by the EPA yet, but Audi has run some of the cars on Europe’s World harmonized Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP for short. The Q4 35 E-Tron’s WLTP estimated range is 221 miles while the Sportback’s extra aerodynamic efficiency means it can cover 216 miles on a single charge. The most powerful Quattro model hasn’t been rated by the WLTP, but the 40 model was rated at 323 miles.

It is worth noting that the WLTP standard is different to the EPA’s, and tends to produce rosier figures. What that means for Americans is the Q4’s EPA estimated range will most likely be lower than the WLTP number.

Q4 E-Tron Gets a Next Level Interior

Audi has gone to town with the new Q4’s interior, with high-tech displays and a unique design relative to the ID4. The first of two screens is a 11.6-inch touchscreen above the center console for the infotainment and all of its associated controls. Audi is partnering with Sonos for its high quality audio systems, and the Q4s mark the first use of Sonos speakers in a production car. The second screen is the one in front of the driver that houses Audi’s excellent digital instrument cluster.

There is another display that’s not as obvious as the two aforementioned screens. For the Q4 E-Tron, Audi has developed a new augmented reality head-up display. Much like the unit found in the new Mercedes S-Class, the AR HUD displays key information on the car’s windshield but it looks as though the information is literally hovering over the road, overlaid across the driver’s view ahead. The HUD can display status info like the speed limit, directions from the navigation, and key info from the Q4’s driver assist systems, of which there are many.

When fully equipped, the Q4 can have a front radar, a front camera, four surround-view cameras, two rear radars, and eight ultrasonic sensors for handling various driver assists. The result is a car that has an extremely well defined view of its surroundings. Standard safety goodies include lane departure warning and collision assist. Other niceties such as adaptive cruise control with lane centering, a driver monitoring system to anticipate driver fatigue, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a surround view camera system ease the burden of, well, driving—at least somewhat.

Buyers also have a few choices when it comes to the Q4’s steering wheel, the most interesting of which is a twin-spoke design that has capacitive-touch buttons for all of its controls. The wheel itself is also, well, not really a wheel. It’s almost square. Don’t worry, there’s a conventional, more circular wheel on offer as well. Hey, at least it isn’t a yoke.

Because these Q4 E-Trons are SUVs, there should be at least a smidgeon of utility to them. The Q4 has 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear bench, but fold it down and the space opens up to just over 52 cubic feet. The Sportback version has a similar amount of space with the rear seats up, but with the rear bench down, that swoopy roofline cuts out a few cubes of capacity relative to the upright Q4. Also, Audi made it a point to say the Q4’s door bin can store a one-liter drink bottle, which is neat.

The True Cost Of The Q4

Audi’s newest EV is made at a net-zero carbon factory in Zwickau, Germany. While the production of batteries is energy intensive, Audi has made sure its battery suppliers use power from renewable sources during the production process. Even better, 27 parts of the Q4 have been made with recycled materials, including the insulation for the cabin, some of the interior upholstery, and the floor covering.

The Q4 40 E-Tron is the first model that will hit the market, and it will go on sale in June. Audi says it will cost €41,900, or just under $50,000 at current exchange rates, and before any applicable tax incentives are factored in. The other two models come later, and will likely book end the Q4 40s pricing. Sportback models carry a $2,400 premium over the standard crossovers. For those who are supremely interested in the new Q4, there will be a ritzy, fully-loaded Edition One model that adds another $7,400 or so to the car’s price tag, but stay tuned for final U.S.-market pricing and driving range information closer to the on-sale date.

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CPI and Aroundtown make £672m cash offer for Globalworth Real Estate

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:13
CPI and Aroundtown have offered to buy out Globalworth Real Estate for £672m (€774m), valuing Globalworth’s entire issued share capital at €1.6bn.
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Trowers & Hamlins appoints Tom Calnan to real estate team

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:07
Trowers & Hamlins has hired Tom Calnan to join its real estate team in London.
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“F9” Looks as Fast and Furious as Ever in Latest Full-Length Trailer

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:15

If fast cars, big stars, and plentiful explosions are what draw you into the Fast and Furious films, then you’re going to love the trailer for the latest film in the long-running franchise. Known simply as F9, the movie looks as explosive as ever, with Dodge Chargers jumping off cliffs, fighter jets, and even a rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero.

Yes, the “family” is back together. Only this time with more of Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) biological family members: notably his son, Brian, and his brother, Jakob (John Cena), who’s also the villain in the film.

This second trailer follows the first official preview by over a year, thanks to the COVID-related delay in F9’s theater release. Originally delayed until April 2, 2021, the film’s opening is now slated for June 25—the same date (not year) as the original, franchise-opening Fast and Furious movie’s release in 2001.

So, what’s going on in these trailers? That’s right, Dom has a brother now. Conveniently, he’s never once mentioned in the previous films, but that’s neither here nor there. Listen, you don’t go into a Fast movie and expect its plot to be airtight or sense. That said, viewers can surely expect a wild cinematic ride filled with unbelievable stunts, bad jokes, and an absurd plot arc. No, F9 probably won’t win any Oscars, but it’s sure to entertain.

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Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:45
Ford has changed the name of its hands-free driving system from Active Drive Assist to BlueCruise, the automaker announced on Wednesday. The release followed 500,000 miles of developmental testing of the Level 2 system set to roll out in the third quarter of this year in the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric...
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Ford BlueCruise takes off, 2022 Honda Civic teased, 2022 Mazda MX-30 debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:37
Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist Ford BlueCruise is coming later this year on the 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E to allow hands-free highway driving. 2022 Mazda MX-30 preview The 2022 MX-30 electric crossover goes on sale in fall 2021 hampered by several disadvantages, from battery range to passenger...
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