Ford’s BlueCruise Has Autopilot and Super Cruise in Its Crosshairs

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:00

Ford’s forthcoming Level 2 hands-free driving-assist system is abandoning the Active Drive Assist moniker in favor of something with a little more flair. Meet BlueCruise, the Blue Oval’s answer to similar Level 2 setups from the likes of Tesla (Autopilot) and General Motors (Super Cruise).

Ford’s system is due to make its consumer debut in the second half of the year on 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models sporting the brand’s Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package. Owners of these vehicles can soon spend $600 for an over-the-air software update that activates a three-year subscription to BlueCruise, which affords hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of (divided) highways throughout the United States and Canada.

At the moment, Ford fits Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package-equipped F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models strictly with the hardware needed to get BlueCruise working, however, the Blue Oval plans to soon begin installing the hands-free driving-assist system’s software at the factory, as well. Currently, the company includes the hardware-only Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package as standard equipment on 2021 Ford F-150 Limited and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E CA Route 1, Premium, and First Edition trims. The Prep package is also available as a $995 option on 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. It’s also included in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select trim’s $2,600 Comfort and Technology package.

Once BlueCruise is enabled, though, Ford promises the hands-free driving-assist setup benefits from an intuitive interface. Whereas GM’s Super Cruise uses steering-wheel-mounted lights to let the driver know the state of the hands-free system, Ford’s BlueCruise uses the instrument cluster screen, which relies on text and blue graphics to let the driver know if hands-free driving can commence (or if it needs to conclude).

A driver-facing camera, meanwhile, keeps an eye on the driver’s gaze—even when the driver is wearing sunglasses—and hand position to make sure the individual behind the wheel is ready to take back control of the vehicle if necessary. For what it’s worth, Ford’s marketing manager for Co-Pilot 360, Karen Sullivan, assured members of the media that BlueCruise’s driver-attention data “only stays in the camera,” as opposed to getting sent elsewhere.

Ford plans to continuously improve upon BlueCruise, too, with additional over-the-air updates that ought to add future features such as lane change assist and predictive speed functions, as well as revisions to the system’s maps that will include more BlueCruise-compatible roads. While users will not be able to use BlueCruise while towing, Ford’s engineering supervisor for Co-Pilot 360, Michael Kane, implied future updates could address this issue.

Look for Ford to expand BlueCruise to other models in its lineup in the coming years. We also expect the technology to find its way to Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln, albeit under a different name.

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GPE rental collections at highest level since pandemic began

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 08:52
Great Portland Estates (GPE) has collected 82% of March quarter rents, more than in all four previous quarters.
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Retail continues to drag on British Land rent collections

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 08:42
British Land has collected 76% of March quarter rents so far, with only just over half of retail tenants paying on time.
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Footfall up almost threefold on retail reopening day

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 02:19
Footfall was up 298.7% on Tuesday as non-essential retail reopened in England, compared with the same day last week, Property Week can reveal.
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2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible First Look: A Million Miles of Headroom

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 22:30

The 200-mph barrier is a big deal. While the recently announced Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe can break that barrier with ease, it now can do so with its top down thanks to the arrival of the Continental GT Speed Convertible.

Mechanically, the GT Speed ’vert is identical to the coupe that broke cover earlier in the year. The big change is the addition of a folding soft-top instead of the regular Speed’s swept roof. Power (650 hp) and torque (664 lb-ft) from Bentley’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 stays the same in the drop-top as it does in the coupe. The same goes for the Speed’s impressive 208-mph top speed. The trot 60 mph does take 0.1 seconds longer compared to the coupe, though, rising from 3.5 to 3.6 seconds.

All the go-fast tech from the coupe that’s been added to the Speed to tame its additional power and torque is here, too. The GT Speed Convertible employs the same four-wheel-steering system that turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction—for the sake of agility—at low speeds and in the same direction as the fronts at high speeds (for extra stability). Massive silicon carbide brakes are here to haul you down from that lofty top speed, and the binders still hide behind a set of 22-inch Speed-exclusive wheels.

The same three driving modes from the Speed coupe appear in the Speed Convertible, too. Bentley and Comfort mode affirm the Conti’s grand-touring credentials, while Sport quickens the transmission and stiffens the suspension to scratch the driver’s itch for carving corners with more vigor. Selecting Sport mode also opens up the exhausts so you can better hear the glorious song of the Speed’s 12-cylinder powerplant.

Bentley says the soft top has been reworked for this new generation of Continental, making the ragtop model’s cabin as quiet as the old coupe. That top comes in seven different colors (including Tweed), too. There are also eight different colors for the roof’s interior-facing bit. Despite this, we don’t see why any Speed owner would ever drive this bad boy with the top up. Bentley didn’t mention a price tag, but we expect the Continental GT Speed Convertible to cost around 10 percent more than the Speed coupe when it reaches showrooms later this year.

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MG Shows Off Electric Cyberster Sportscar Concept for Shanghai Show

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 21:30

So far the EV revolution has largely resulted in the electrification of practical vehicles, with most new debuts taking the shape of sedans, SUVs, or trucks. Since the original Tesla Roadster, we haven’t seen much in the mainstream two-seater department. British automaker MG, known by enthusiasts for its heritage as a maker of small convertible sportscars, has introduced the Cyberster concept car as a radical departure from its current lineup of milquetoast gasoline and electric SUVs (built in China and Thailand) and sold in the U.K., Asia, and Australia.

MG’s new Cyberster concept isn’t the cute and charming compact sportscar its predecessors were. Designers at the MG Advanced Design Centre team opted for a future-forward appearance rather than one stuck in the past. The front fascia appears to take more inspiration from Spiderman’s anti-hero Venom than the brand’s historical models. The Cyberster concept is aggressively futuristic, with big dual fairings flowing behind the floating headrests on the rear deck, and a cockpit that looks like it’s right out of Cyberpunk 2077.

The rear end has taillights inspired by the Union Jack and an illuminated “heckblende” that stretches from one side of the car to the other. MG calls the LED accent line that runs from the front wheel arch to the center of the door the “laser belt.” In keeping with a lightweight sportscar theme, the handle inside of the car is a pull strap akin to what one would use in a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 or Boxster Spyder.

In fact, MG baked in a lot of high-tech goodies into its Cyberster concept. Among them, 5G network connectivity and a built-in video gaming console within the cockpit, which MG says is possible thanks to the car’s electric architecture. But while MG isn’t offering drivetrain figures at the time of publication, it claims that the Cyberster concept is good for a 0-62 mph sprint of less than 3 seconds and that its battery is capable of delivering 500 miles of range.

MG says more details on the Cyberster concept will become available upon its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, which will take place from April 21-28.

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How Does the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV Compare to an H2?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 20:19

Hummers are big, right? Duh, you’re thinking, that’s not news. Always were, always will be. It’s not, and you’re right: the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV is a big, big vehicle—just like its unabashedly, proudly oversized predecessor, the 2003–2009 Hummer H2. Debuting just a few years after the first-generation Toyota Prius, the first non-military Hummer was a lightning rod for controversy, as its size (and more importantly, thirst) were outsized. The GMC Hummer (mostly) sidesteps the latter issue with a fully electric powertrain, but it’s still a massive brick of a machine. Comparisons will be made—by us, right now. And the results, if you haven’t already examined the dimensions section of the spec sheets, might surprise you.

While vehicles have, in general, gotten larger since the early 2000s, the H2 was one of the largest vehicles around. Check out these illustrations we’ve made, which really underline the ways in which the GMC Hummer (red-lined, while the H2 is represented in white) literally overshadows its predecessor.

The difference in width is particularly impressive. The GMC SUV is a wide, wide 93.7 inches in track width. The H2 is an almost unbelievable 12.5 inches narrower. The maximum height disparity (remember, the GMC Hummer features adaptive air suspension with an Extract mode that provides an additional 6 inches of lift) is a full 5 inches. At least, it will sometime after launch—the capability won’t be available until sometime after it goes on sale, because reasons.

Not illustrated are some of the new Hummer’s remarkable capabilities, electric powertrain or otherwise. Fording depth? Thirty-two inches. That’s basically a small ocean. Vertical wall climbing ability? Eighteen inches. Suspension travel? Thirteen inches. It’s a monster truck, folks.

Actually, despite sharing a platform with GM’s traditional full-size SUVs of the time, the H2 was no slouch. It can clear 16-inch obstacles, thanks to wheels pushed way out to the corners. But in other metrics, it falls short of its descendant. The H2 could only manage a 20-inch fording depth, and suspension travel was far shorter: 8.7 inches up front, 10.8 in the rear. The lack of an air-breathing engine, the unique advantages of its specialized platform, and the inevitable march of progress mean the new electric GMC Hummer leaves its predecessor behind in many metrics.

Overall length, however, is similar, but the new Hummer pushes its wheels even further to the corners, riding on a 126.7-inch wheelbase—roughly 4 inches longer than the H2’s same measurement. Neither are lightweights, either. The H2 had a listed curb weight of 6,400 lbs, and GMC isn’t talking curb weight yet but given the likely poundage of its Ultium batteries, it couldn’t be any less than its predecessor.

One last point of comparison: range. Using EPA estimates, we pegged the H2 at 448 miles of range for freeway driving—of course, that’d require a light foot and maybe a tail wind. How’s the EV-only 2024 Hummer compare? GMC claims a range of more than 350 miles, with a recharge time of 100 miles in 10 minutes using a fast charger (in absolutely ideal conditions). The time from empty to full is unknown at this time; assume it’ll be a while, even using a fast charger, since the largest pack is a massive 200 kWh.

How this all works in the real world remains to be seen, but let’s just say that the new 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV (and its 2022 Pickup counterpart) are making a big impression already.

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No Chaos and Scum launch Covent Garden flagships

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 18:24
Independent skate shop No Chaos and cult brand Scum have launched flagship stores in Covent Garden.
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Shoreditch hotel-led scheme gets greenlight

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 18:12
A hotel development on the former Dinerama site in Shoreditch, east London has been given the all-clear by planners.
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Watkin Jones sells Leicester student scheme to DFI

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 18:01
Watkin Jones has sold a 462-bed PBSA asset in Leicester to Deutsche Finance International (DFI) for £35.6m, Property Week can reveal.
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Partners Group sells US industrial portfolio for £730m

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 17:51
Partners Group has sold a portfolio of 88 industrial properties on behalf of clients with a combined leasable area of 8.6m sq ft for more than $1bn (£730m).
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Hyundai Heritage Series Pony First Look: The 1980s Hatch Remastered

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 17:38

Grab a saddle, because Hyundai’s got a Pony that’s just begging for a ride. The company’s Heritage Series Pony is a chic and contemporary take on its first foray into the automotive space. This Pony hatchback, though, is more than just a restomod with a modern electric heart—it’s also a piece of art.

Yes, Heritage Series Pony is but one piece in a larger exhibition called “Reflections in Motion,” which is currently on display within the walls of Hyundai Motor Studio Busan in South Korea. While the exhibit features multiple works, its limelight seems to shine brightest on the ’80s-tastic Heritage Series Pony.

After all, what’s not to love about this small electric hatchback that combines classic styling with trendy design details? Sure, the Hyundai notes the Heritage Series Pony’s LED headlights “are a homage to the pixel and the [8-bit] graphics of the 1970s and [1980s],” but to our eyes, these lamps share a basic look with those of the upcoming Ioniq 5. The same goes for the taillights.

Likewise, the digital gauge cluster uses Nixie tube-style graphics, not unlike those Kia uses in the radio display of its K5 sedan. In short, the Heritage Series Pony perfectly combines retro 1980s flairs with ultramodern decor.

Hyundai is mum on powertrain specifics for the Heritage Series Pony. All we know is this piece of rolling art relies on electricity for power. That said, we like to think Hyundai fit the Ioniq 5’s approximately 300-hp powertrain and 73-kWh into this little Pony. If this is the case, too, then maybe Hyundai ought to consider renaming this project after an equine better associated with a true sense of urgency. May we suggest Secretariat?

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2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top Safety Pick+ award

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:55
The 2021 Audi Q5 luxury crossover SUV and the 2021 Q5 Sportback earned Top Safety Pick+ awards, which is the most rigorous honor for automotive safety in the U.S. The insurance-industry funded IIHS said in a statement released Tuesday that improved headlights improved the vehicles' safety ratings. The new Q5 Sportback coupe-like crossover joins...
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Goldman Sachs eyes Birmingham for regional hub

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:51
US banking giant Goldman Sachs is planning to open an office in Birmingham – its first office outside of London.
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2021 Lincoln Nautilus tested, Bentley GT Speed blows minds, 2021 Karma GS-6 driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:48
Review update: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus crossover SUV comes around to luxury The Nautilus carries a refined interior, plush ride, and great performance but fumbles on value. 2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs The three-row crossover SUVs fight for family buyers, but which is best? 2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top...
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Time Equities and Greenridge snaps up Bolton Shopping Park

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:44
Time Equities and Greenridge Investment Management have acquired Bolton Shopping Park from M&G Real Estate for £15.2m.
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Essentially Brand-New 1983 Volkswagen Beetle from Mexico Asks Fifty Grand

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:30

Only on Craigslist can you find a pile of junk for free, a lost and found advertisement for a cat named “Taco,” an apartment rental, and a haiku discussion forum. Often the place of strange listings, Craigslist also is where a 1983 Volkswagen Beetle with only 122 miles on the odometer is currently listed for sale.

According to the listing, the Mexican VW Beetle is in superb condition, complete, and original—so much so that the seats still have the factory plastic coverings. Also included in the sale are the owner’s manuals, tool kit, a full-size spare, temporary registration, and two sets of keys. The asking price for this Craigslist hidden gem is a not-insignificant $49,975.

The car was first purchased brand new at a dealership in Tijuana, Mexico, for VW tuner and noted collector Gene Berg. It joined a collection at his showroom in Orange County and was never registered. More specifically, Berg wanted to add a white Beetle to go with a pair of red and blue Beetles he received as a gift from Volkswagen for being a top seller of VW parts.

This classic Beetle spent several years on display and remained in Berg’s collection until he passed away in 1996. His wife Dee then sold it to VW enthusiast Danny Zepeda of San Bernardino, who owned it for over ten years before selling it to a Beetle collector in Watsonville, California.
There it sat in dry storage and was discovered with the help of vintage explorer Mike Johnston.

The pristine interior features vinyl and fabric seats and a minimalist dashboard with basic instrumentation and a glove box. There is no radio, but installing one should be an easy and fun project, especially for audiophiles.

Updated with new NOS (new old stock) parts, services performed include engine oil, transmission fluid, brake lines, and a fuel tank flush. Also replaced were the master cylinder, battery, fuel lines, and filter. It has drum brakes all around, dual exhaust, and comes powered by a 1600-cc (1.6-liter) air-cooled flat-four engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission.

The unregistered, gorgeously original Beetle starts and runs like a dream and still has the original tires. (We’d change out those well-past-usable donuts for fresh rubber if you plan on actually driving the Bug.) While there are plenty of these built-in-Mexico classic Beetles roaming around the U.S. (and many, many more still on the road across the border, where they were built all the way up to July 2003), we bet none are this … new. It could be yours for just under $50,000. Check out all the details at the listing here.

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Clearbell secures lease regearing at Solihull’s Blenheim Court

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:24
Clearbell has secured a lease regearing at Blenheim Court in Solihull in the West Midlands.
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Staples vacates and sublets Northamptonshire distribution centre

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:09
Staples has vacated its 528,000 sq ft distribution centre in Northamptonshire and sublet the building to Wincanton.
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Barings secures £250m finance for UK portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:14
Barings has secured £250m real estate debt from Phoenix Group to expand its UK portfolio.
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