McLaren Opens New Carbon Composites Technology Center in the U.K.

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:15

McLaren held an opening ceremony for its new Carbon Composites Technology Center in Sheffield, United Kingdom, where a light show greeted guests before a McLaren Senna began doing donuts as part of the facility’s “christening.” Alongside the new Senna was the McLaren MP4/5 Formula 1 race car from 1989, the vehicle in which the late Ayrton Senna racked up six wins that same year.

This event gave a first look at the automaker’s new facility, which will be the first outside of its hometown of Surrey in the U.K. There are already 40 employees working for McLaren in Sheffield and are currently based out of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Sheffield to create the lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque used in the automaker’s sports cars.

When it becomes fully operational, the McLaren Carbon Composites Technology Center will have around 200 employees. The opening of the new facility coincides with McLaren continuing to develop its own lightweight bodies, which will be used alongside its hybrid systems to improve performance while still meeting tightening emissions standards across the globe. Its ambitious Track22 plan will see half of the automaker’s vehicles utilize hybrid powertrains by 2022. McLaren originally introduced carbon fiber as part of its Formula 1 race car chassis in 1981.

The McLaren Senna is the latest in the automaker’s Ultimate Series line. It will feature a Monocage III carbon-fiber monocoque, which allows it to weigh in well below 3,000 pounds. Powering the McLaren Senna will be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

Source: McLaren

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2018 Dodge Charger

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:13
The 2018 Dodge Charger has seen the future, and it’s retro. While other four-door, full-size and mid-size sedans have leaned forward since the 2005 model year, the Charger remains the best kind of throwback, very true to its old-school form. Think about it: There have been three generations of the Toyota Camry in the time the Charger’s...
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2018 Dodge Durango

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:07
The 2018 Dodge Durango is the anti-minivan. It’s a three-row crossover SUV that trades as much on its machismo as it does on its actual passenger-hauling abilities. It’s flawed and dated, yet great to drive. We’ve rated it at 6.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, it’s even more muscular thanks to the...
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2018 Chrysler 300

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:48
It’s 2018, and it’s still here. The Chrysler 300 has become a still-living legend. Back for its 14th model cycle, the bruising 4-door reminds us why we still like big rear-drive sedans, why big V-8 power is no mortal sin. It gives us hope that we too can outlive our difficult middle years and become cool once again. For 2018, the 300...
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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:45
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind vehicle: the sole seven-seat minivan with a plug-in hybrid powertrain sold in the U.S. this year. It blends the excellent and well-received Pacifica minivan with a battery pack large enough to power the car 30 miles or more on electricity alone. It is offered in Touring Plus, Touring L, and...
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Chevrolet to sell redesigned 2019 Silverado alongside outgoing model

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:34
Chevy truck buyers will have two 2019 Silverado pickups to choose from later this year. The Detroit automaker plans to re-brand the current truck, which launched for the 2014 model year, as the Silverado LD. The redesigned truck that Chevy showed off at the 2018 Detroit auto show will be sold as the 2019 Silverado 1500. The nameplate is hardly the...
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Report: BMW Considering More Powerful i8

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:15

BMW could offer a more potent version of its i8 supercar, according to a report from Auto Express.

Alexander Kotouc, head of product management for BMW i, said customers have been asking for this type of vehicle. “I can tell you at this point we are still evaluating it; the i8 is the iconic sports car of the new era,” he said.

The automaker updated the plug-in hybrid sports car for the 2019 model year. With its 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three engine and electric motor setup, the model achieves a total output of 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. BMW estimates the coupe can reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the roadster can hit that mark in 4.4 seconds.

Koutouc said that BMW could make adjustments to the i8’s powertrain to squeeze out more power. But it could also put in a different engine if necessary, he said.

“There is a customer need and desire to have more power and we will try to fulfill it while also keeping our DNA authentic,” said Koutouc. Essentially, the powertrain must fit in with the BMW i brand.

“You could put a V-12 in there and it would be incredibly powerful but would it still be a BMW i car? We need to find the perfect balance.”

The report sheds a different light on the i8, considering we just heard that BMW may not make a new i8 at the end of the current generation. Speaking with Autocar, BMW i boss Robert Irlinger said the company is still deciding about the i8. The subbrand’s design chief, Domagoj Dukec, compared the i8 to the short-lived M1 supercar, saying, “The i8 could be the M1–it doesn’t have to always be a name at BMW. We always give an answer to what people and customers are requiring at that moment in time.”

Source: Auto Express

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Video Compares the Kia Forte to…a Lamborghini Aventador

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:00

Normally, consumers would cross-shop the new Kia Forte with rivals including the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, or Toyota Corolla. But in a new video, Kia pits its compact sedan against a much more aspirational car, to put it mildly. And the results aren’t disastrous as you’d expect.

In the cheeky video, the Forte joins a Lamborghini Aventador on the track, but fortunately for Kia, this isn’t a real track test. Kia touts the more practical qualities of the Forte. Sure, the Lambo may be quicker, but the Forte has “real doors.” You also won’t find a touchscreen, smart trunk, or wireless charging on the $400,000-plus supercar.

The 2019 Kia Forte debuted at the Detroit auto show this week. It’s now in its third generation, and some of the biggest changes include a new exterior design with a grille inspired by the one on the Stinger. It looks a little sportier but has grown 3.2 inches in length. Like the previous model, the Forte packs a 2.0-liter inline-four making 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.

Check out the video below for a fun but totally biased look at how the Forte compares to the Aventador.

Source: Kia via YouTube

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Ford looks to streamline crossover, sedan lineups

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:21
Buy a new Ford Escape in a few years' time and there's a good chance you won't need to do much more than pick the color you want at a price that suits your budget. The Detroit automaker said Wednesday at a conference put on by Deutsche Bank that it plans to reduce the "number of orderable combinations on Escape, Fusion, and EcoSport from...
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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S, 2017 Cadillac CTS-V Duke it Out on H2H

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:00

The latest episode of Head 2 Head pits two of the world’s best super sedans against each other, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V and the the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Hosts Jonny Lieberman and Jethro Bovingdon take both cars out to the track and onto Angeles Crest Highway to find out which is more fun.

At the test track, both hosts discovered that the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and 2017 Cadillac CTS-V were willing to drift. On the figure-eight course and drag strip, the Mercedes had better grip and acceleration than the Cadillac but lost to the CTS-V in terms of braking.

On the road, however, the Cadillac CTS-V impressed with its handling but its transmission and interior were its weak points because the eight-speed wasn’t as quick as the new nine-speed unit in the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the quality of the cabin isn’t up to par with the Mercedes. The Mercedes, on the other hand, impressed with its explosive acceleration and handling that eviscerates the road with brute force. However, its brakes aren’t consistent, which means it’s not as confidence-inspiring as the Cadillac.

On the race track, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S was found to be too soft for track use and its weight also hindered it. The Cadillac CTS-V proved balanced and responsive but its slow-responding transmission hurt it on the track.

Check out the video below to find out which super sedan wins the comparison.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Engine Will Be Made in Flint, Michigan

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:00

General Motors will produce the diesel engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at its Flint Engine Operations plant in Michigan, the automaker said today. The news comes about two years after the automaker announced an investment of $263 million to support a new engine line at the plant.

The Chevrolet Silverado diesel engine will join 1.4-liter engines that are currently built at the plant in Flint. These engines are used in the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, and Volt.

The 2019 Silverado features a new Duramax 3.0-liter inline six turbodiesel paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Mileage figures haven’t been announced yet, but GM’s Mark Reuss, head of global product development, said it would be better than the competition. That means we could be looking at 30 mpg or more on the highway. Both the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 offer 3.0-liter turbodiesel engines as well.

In addition to the diesel engine, the Silverado will offer 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines. These engines will come equipped with technology that can shut off as many as seven cylinders when not needed, helping to boost fuel economy.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will enter production at GM’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, assembly plant. Customer deliveries of the truck start this fall.

Source: GM

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2019 Toyota Avalon video preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:36
If you're going to have a flagship, it had better be your best and brightest. Enter the 2019 Toyota Avalon, which further blurs the line between mainstream and luxury. The 2019 Avalon is available with either V-6 or a hybrid engine options and it's still a large four-door sedan, albeit a much more stylish one than ever before. It's a hair longer...
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2019 Infiniti QX50 priced at $37,545, undercuts key rivals

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:35
The 2019 Infiniti QX50 will be less expensive than some of its chief rivals when it goes on sale at the end of February. At $37,545, including a mandatory $995 destination charge, the QX50 is thousands less than key European luxury rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. That price nets buyers the base front-wheel drive QX50 Pure trim level...
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Southwark Council votes against Delancey’s Elephant & Castle plans

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:26
Southwark Council’s planning committee has voted against approving Delancey’s proposed 979-home redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre.
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Limited-Edition Land Rover Defender Works V8 Packs Nearly 400 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:45

Land Rover is expected to launch a brand new Defender later this year. But until then, the automaker is re-engineering 150 examples of the current Defender with a more powerful 5.0-liter V-8 engine and selling them as limited-edition models.

The Land Rover Defender Works V8 pays tribute to the engines in the Series III Stage 1 V-8 from 1979 and subsequent models including the 50th Anniversary Edition. The new model is the most powerful and fastest Defender ever created, the automaker says. The naturally aspirated V-8 gas engine makes 399 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, ahead of the old Defender’s 120 hp and 266 lb-ft. Top speed is 106 mph, and Land Rover says the model should be able to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.6 seconds.

Land Rover paired the engine to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with Sport mode. The model also receives upgraded brakes and a handling kit, including springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. In addition to 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels, the model boasts 265/65 R18 all-terrain tires.

Eight standard paint colors are available. The models receive a black roof, grille, and wheel arches as well as aluminum door handles and fuel filler cap. Bi-LED headlamps are another upgrade, and you’ll also find special badges that commemorate the limited-edition model. Inside, look for modern accouterments such as leather upholstery, Recaro sport seats, and an infotainment system from Land Rover Classic.

Prices start at £150,000 in the U.K. The model is available for direct purchase from Land Rover Classic, which will also sell parts inspired by the Defender Works V8 in the near future.

The limited-edition Defender celebrates Land Rover’s 70th anniversary this year. An even bigger celebration will come when Land Rover introduces a new Defender. This model is expected to make its way to the U.S. sitting on the same aluminum-intensive architecture as the Range Rover Sport. Expect it to receive significant improvements in ride, handling, interior quality, and safety compared to its predecessor.

Source: Land Rover

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Peers quits Gerald Eve

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:24
Stephen Peers has quit Gerald Eve just 18 months after leading the move of the Deloitte Real Estate team to the property advisor.
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Guy Taylor appointed as Savills great estates director

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:36
Savills has appointed Guy Taylor to head up a newly formed great estates team in London.
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2019 VW Jetta, Detroit show wrap-up, Ram 48-volt: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:30
2019 Volkswagen Jetta video preview The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is here, and even if it doesn't look at that different from its predecessor, it's what's underneath that counts. 2019 Ram 1500 revealed: Ram with a family plan for full-size pickup truck buyers Full-size pickups have becoming living rooms and aircraft carriers, simultaneously hauling...
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2019 Kia Forte video preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:57
There is big value in small sedans for new car shoppers. Few cars pack as many features with as much space, for such a low price. Now the 2019 Kia Forte adds a whole lot of style. The Forte raided the closet of its bigger brother Stinger for its looks. The Forte’s windshield has been pushed back nearly half a foot for a long-hood look. The...
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