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Toyota, Honda, or GMC: Which Trucks Are the Best Values?

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:00

There’s no getting around the fact that pickup trucks can have very high sticker prices. But how do they fare against one other when it comes to overall value? We teamed up with IntelliChoice to find out.

IntelliChoice analyzes the total ownership costs of vehicles over a five-year period. To determine the best values, it looks at a vehicle’s actual ownership cost and compares that to the expected ownership cost based on its invoice price in its particular class. Vehicles perform better when they have a lower actual cost of ownership compared to expected cost of ownership. Ownership costs take into account depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fees, financing, fuel, and insurance.

Read on to learn which midsize pickups and full-size pickups have the Best Overall Values as defined by IntelliChoice.

Toyota Tacoma—Best Overall Value Midsize Pickup

The best-selling midsize pickup in the U.S. is also the one with the best value. The Toyota Tacoma’s five-year ownership cost is $36,149, significantly below its expected cost of $40,486 (calculated by averages for the midsize truck segment). And it retains an impressive 65.85 percent of its value after five years, compared to 59.90 percent for the second-place finisher, the Honda Ridgeline. This truck costs $40,095 to own and operate over five years. The Ford Ranger SuperCrew came in third place, followed by the GMC Canyon Crew Cab and Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab.

Although the Tacoma may have the best value, it didn’t perform very well in our recent midsize truck comparison. Its narrow bed, sensitive brakes, and disappointing engine and transmission integration relegated it to last place behind the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and the unanimous winner, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Toyota Tundra CrewMax—Best Overall Value Full-Size Pickup

The Toyota Tundra hasn’t received a full redesign since the 2007 model year. Despite its age, it boasts excellent reliability like its smaller Tacoma sibling. The Tundra CrewMax also offers the best value of all full-size trucks on the market.

The truck has a total ownership cost of $43,908, considerably lower than its expected cost of $49,422. It retains a whopping 69.05 percent of its value after five years.

In second place is the GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab with an ownership cost of $47,365 and a retained value of 59.74 percent. Rounding out the top five are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Toyota Tundra Double Cab, and GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab.

Good things are on the way for the Tundra. The next generation is rumored to sit on a platform shared with the Tacoma, and we anticipate it will receive an updated cabin design and better fuel economy.

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Pembroke lets 25 Cannon Street to Brewin Dolphin

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:21
Pembroke has let all of 25 Cannon Street to investment management and financial planning firm Brewin Dolphin.
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Lendlease hires Laure Duhot as head of investment and capital markets

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:06
Laure Duhot has joined Lendlease as head of investments and capital markets.
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Glasgow Waitrose sold for £12m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:02
Danske Bank’s Northern Bank Pension Trust has sold a Waitrose in Newton Mearns, Glasgow for £12.1m to a UK investor.
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The 2020 McLaren GT is a 612-HP Supercar for Grand Touring

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:00

First things first: The McLaren GT is not simply a kinder, gentler 720S. OK, dig and you’ll find plenty of 720S DNA. But the GT is very much its own car, specifically designed and engineered by McLaren to carry two people and their luggage across continents, in comfort and at speed. In fact, say McLaren engineers, 65 percent of the GT’s parts (by value) are unique to the car.

It starts with the carbon-fiber monocoque. Dubbed Monocell II-T, it features an entirely different upper structure to that of the 720S, with sweeping rear pillars framing an opening for a large, top-hinged hatch. It’s clothed in a unique set of body panels with simpler, less obviously aero-influenced surfacing than seen on the 720S. Although the 105.1-inch wheelbase is unchanged, the GT is about 7.8 inches longer overall. The extra length, along with the raised nose and horizontal character lines, gives the GT a more formal gesture than the typical mid-engine supercar.

Learn five cool facts about the 2020 McLaren GT right here.

The GT’s interior features lashings of jewellike luxury brightwork and sumptuous leathers. The seats are mounted slightly higher to improve entry and egress, and cashmere material covering—a world first—will be available as an option. The infotainment system is now five times faster, has a smartphone-style interface, and delivers real-time traffic information.

The GT’s suspension is similar to that of the 720S, but it features spring rates optimized for comfort and refinement and adaptive shocks controlled by proactive damping software. Ground clearance has been increased, and McLaren claims the redesigned front end means the GT has better approach angles than either a Porsche 911 or an Aston Martin DB11. Bespoke all-weather Pirelli tires, mounted on new GT-specific alloy wheels—20-inch diameter up front and 21 inches at the rear—feature noise reduction technology to help reduce road roar and impact harshness.

The GT’s retuned, mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 also gets its own nomenclature: M840TE. It delivers 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque at more than 7,000 rpm, drops of 98 hp and 100 lb-ft compared with the 720S engine. However, the M840TE’s torque curve is flatter—there’s more than 369 lb-ft on tap from about 2,000 rpm—to allow more relaxed cruising and easier passing.

“Relaxed” is, of course, a relative term: McLaren says the GT will rush to 60 mph in just over 3.0 seconds, to 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, and will have a top speed in excess of 200 mph. That’s slower than the more powerful, 206 pounds lighter 720S, of course, but with a still impressive weight-to-power ratio of 5.5 pounds per horsepower, McLaren claims the 3,373-pound GT is both quicker to 60 mph, and faster overall than either the Ferrari Portofino or Aston Martin DB11. Porsche’s 911 Turbo S is the bogeyman here, though: Massive torque and all-wheel-drive traction mean it’ll hit 60 mph in a scarcely believable 2.5 seconds, en route to a 205-mph top end. But, McLaren says, the Turbo S won’t carry as much of your stuff as the GT.

To maximize the GT’s luggage capacity, the M840TE’s plenum chamber is 4.7 inches shallower than that of the 720S engine, and the new exhaust and muffler system runs outboard of the routing taken in the 720S. The GT’s deep frunk has a capacity of 5.30 cubic feet, and the load space behind the rear seats, though long, narrow, and shallow, measures 14.83 cubic feet. Never mind a 911 Turbo S: McLaren claims the GT will carry more than a Ford Focus hatchback with the rear seats folded flat. To prove the point, McLaren design chief Rob Melville hauled five soft hold-alls and a golf bag out of a GT during the reveal at the McLaren Technical Centre in Woking, England.

The McLaren GT is the result of feedback from buyers of the surprisingly popular 570GT, which has built a solid reputation as supercar with genuine daily driver capability since its launch in 2016. “The 570GT taught us a lot about what is important to customers in the segment,” said Ian Digman, head of product management at McLaren Automotive. “Customers wanted more comfort, more luxury. And they were looking for a distinct model in the lineup, not just a variant of an existing car.”

Another factor in the decision to develop the GT: an opportunity to expand McLaren’s reach into a larger market segment. McLaren says the global high-end GT market is about twice the size of the global supercar market, totaling 12,000 vehicles a year. By combining supercar performance, agility, and style with the comfort and everyday usability of a grand turismo, McLaren believes it can attract new buyers to the brand, as well as upselling those who love their 570GTs.

The McLaren GT will launch in the US in the third quarter of this year, with prices starting from $215,000 to $220,000.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 McLaren GT

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:00

A soft-bodied Grand Tourer might seem like a stretch for an automaker formed around a Formula 1 race team and the world’s first hypercar, but the 2020 McLaren GT aims to redefine just what a GT is. The modern grand tourer, like the Ferrari Portofino and Aston Martin DB11, have strayed too far the segment’s roots, says McLaren, but the sleek, mid-engined GT aims to recenter the segment with supercar performance and “continent-crossing” capability. Here’s everything you need to know about McLaren’s new GT.

Read our 2020 McLaren GT First Look here.

It’s inspired by a Ferrari

There are two “F” words at McLaren’s Woking, England, headquarters; one is—well, yeah—it’s that one, and the other is its Italian archrival Ferrari. Despite this, the McLaren GT takes its inspiration from one of the best GTs—and indeed best Ferraris—of all time, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB. This car, of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fame, is the last GT in McLaren’s mind to harness what it says are the three keys to an exceptional grand touring car: competition levels of performance, continent-crossing capability, and a lightweight, beautiful body.

It doesn’t fit in any of McLaren’s existing Series

The GT doesn’t fit neatly into McLaren’s Sport, Super, or Ultimate Series, so this Grand Tourer will stand on its own, independent of McLaren’s other models. The GT is also the first McLaren to get the automaker’s new MonoCell II-T carbon-fiber tub. “T,” in case you were wondering, stands for touring.

It’s mid-engined

GTs are traditionally front-engined because it allows manufacturers to fit the cars with proper trunks for luggage. With the GT, McLaren doubles down on the mid-engine GT concept it started with the 570GT, which this car replaces.

In order to offer mid-engine performance and enough room for two passengers and their luggage, McLaren dropped its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 (borrowed from the 720S) 4.7 inches lower to the ground compared to the 570GT. That substantial drop is made possible by a dry sump and a low-profile intake plenum. “Smokestacks” on either side of the McLaren’s rear hatch ensure the engine gets enough air to make a healthy 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque.

No hybrid is planned

McLaren plans to electrify and hybridize much of its lineup as part of its Track25 product plan, but one car being left behind is the new GT. While in theory the GT could be hybridized, its unique powertrain and cargo area arrangement would make it difficult. And besides—McLaren plans to replace the GT with its next-generation version by that time.

It’s pretty roomy for a mid-engine car

A good grand tourer has to have space for a two and a long weekend’s worth of luggage, and the GT should deliver there. Although the McLaren’s front trunk and lumpy rear cargo area don’t quite hold as much as a Ford Focus hatch’s 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (despite McLaren’s claim), the GT’s 20.1 cubic feet of combined cargo space is still substantial. That’s more room than Dodge Challenger, Volkswagen Golf, and Toyota Yaris hatch, all with 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

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Why the Honda e Electric City Car Should Come to the U.S.

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:00

Honda’s small electric concept comes to mind when we think of the future of electric city cars. The tiny EV, dubbed the Honda e Prototype, made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, receiving quite a bit of attention for its simple proportions and retro-futuristic design. Honda says it will introduce a production car based off the concept in Europe, but it seems unlikely it will ever come to the U.S. We wish it would, though, because it’d be a nice change of pace from some of the overly styled EVs currently on offer. And now that Mercedes’ Smart brand is officially leaving the U.S. market, there’s an electric city car hole the Honda e could fill perfectly.

Along with the circular headlights and taillights, the Honda e Prototype keeps the look minimalistic with flush door handles and cameras in place of traditional side mirrors. Inside the cabin, occupants sit on sofa-like seats, and screens cover the entire dashboard. Images from the exterior cameras are relayed through two screens at either edge of the dash. To top it all off, this little Honda can recharge its battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

The main downside to this car is its range. Estimated to travel 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge, it can’t compete for the hearts of commuters against the Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf. But as a purely city car, we love it. Expect the production version, recently confirmed to be named Honda e, to look pretty close to the concept, even if it doesn’t end up coming to our shores.

Check out the video above to learn more about the Honda e Prototype.

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£108m Dublin hotel goes up for sale

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:58
Dublin hotel The Marker has gone up for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €125m (£108m).
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WeWork launches $2.9bn property acquisition and management platform

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:56
WeWork (The We Company) has launched a $2.9bn (£2.2bn) global real estate acquisition and management platform called ARK.
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39-storey Greystar student accommodation greenlit

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:55
Greystar’s plans for a 39-storey, 905-bedroom student accommodation building next to the Shard have been approved by Southwark council.
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39-storey King’s College campus greenlit

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:55
Greystar’s plans for a 39-storey, 905-bedroom King’s College London campus next to the Shard have been approved by Southwark council.
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H.I.G. hires new head of real estate debt

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:02
Tareck Safi has joined asset management firm H.I.G. Realty Partner’s London office as managing director and head of real estate debt in Europe.
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Future SUVS! 2020 and Beyond

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:00

If you can be patient for a few months or a few years, these vehicles will be rolling into dealer showrooms.

Last year, automakers abandoning the manufacturing of sedans for more popular (and profitable) SUVs was shocking news. But even though some of those cars haven’t gone out of production yet, it already feels like reality. The feeling only gets stronger as you look into the future.

Our Future Cars special used to be dominated by sleek coupes and sedans; now it’s the domain of boxy SUVs and crossovers. From cheap and cheerful city runabouts to six-figure, four-wheel-drive limousines, there’s an SUV or crossover for every purse and purpose. We haven’t forgotten about cars and trucks, though. The best of what’s on sale soon and what’s coming down the road is coming later this week on MotorTrend.com.

As for performance, regardless of what it looks like or how high it rides, there’s a good chance every vehicle is going to have some form of electrification. Tesla has kicked open the door of the marketplace for electric vehicles, and with gas prices inching up again and battery costs inching down, plus emissions and fuel economy laws worldwide in a constant state of flux, everyone’s getting on the electric powertrain train. From plug-in hybrids to pure electric vehicles, there isn’t a style or type of vehicle coming to market that doesn’t have some kind of alternative powertrain on the options list.

There are more storm clouds on the horizon, too. Sales in the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest markets, are slowing. Brexit and slowing Chinese growth pose threats to the worldwide economy, as does a potential slowdown in the U.S. economy, where defaults on car loans are at a historic high. Thankfully, with long lead times for new products, it’s a bit easier to forecast the immediate future of the automobile than the economy. No matter where the winds of change take us in the next few years, we have a lot of exciting new cars, trucks, and SUVs to look forward to along the way.

Read last year’s Future Cars special here!

WHAT’S NOW

Ford Bronco

What’s New: Despite early fears that the new Bronco would be a warmed-over overseas-market Ford Everest, that’s thankfully not the case. With a boxy shape, round headlights, and a rectangular grille, the new Bronco should be the retro off-roader fans have been craving. It will be offered in two- and four-door form, with removable doors and roof panels.

What’s Not: Mechanically, the Bronco will have a lot in common with the 2019 Ford Ranger. In addition to sharing the Ranger’s body-on-frame platform, that probably means the Bronco’s base engine will be the same 2.3-liter turbo-four making 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic. It’s possible a manual transmission will also be offered.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $40,000 (est)

Land Rover Defender

What’s New: Almost everything. Gone is the body-on-frame construction and the coil-sprung live axles that were the hallmarks of the previous-gen Defender for 33 years. Instead, Land Rover’s reimagined icon, code-named L663, rolls on a brand-new unibody platform known internally at JLR as MLA, for Modular Longitudinal Architecture. Suspension is all-independent, with height-adjustable air springs on higher-spec models. Two wheelbases will be available. The short-wheelbase models, badged Defender 90, will be two-door, and there may be a soft-top version. The long-wheelbase four-door model, likely the volume seller in the U.S., will be badged Defender 110. The new Defender’s styling is a closely guarded secret, not the least because concepts that have attempted to modernize the original’s straight lines and flat surfaces have not been well received. But it’s safe to say the new Defender’s sheetmetal is probably only slightly less boxy than the camo covering prototypes spotted in the wild.

What’s Not: Powertrains, mainly. The engine lineup will include the 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged four-banger, in gas and diesel form, and JLR’s new 3.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged gas inline-six, which is just being rolled out in the Range Rover Sport. Mild and plug-in hybrid versions of both will be available.

When: 2020

How Much: $50,000 (est)

Tesla Model Y

What’s New: Repeating the script that saw the Model S vertically expanded into the Model X, now it’s the Model 3’s turn to gain a tall, platform-sharing sibling. Called the Model Y, it completes Tesla’s “S3XY” lineup of model names, and it won’t arrive a second too soon as sales of all sedans continue to slide. Although only 25 percent of the Model Y is actually new, it’s a critical percentage: a taller height, an optional third row (increasing seats from five to seven, but you better be short), and a base-version range of 230 miles (300 for the top-of-the-line trim).

What’s Not: The Model Y’s other 75 percent, including the Model 3’s drivetrain and interior details. Also, fortunately, the conventional hinging of the Model 3’s second-row doors carries over, avoiding the problems that beset the Model X’s falcon wings.

When: 2021 (in Tesla time)

How Much: $40,200

Ford Explorer

What’s New: The Explorer enters a new generation with an impressive degree of innovation. Not only does it sit on a new rear-wheel-drive platform, but its wheelbase also grows about 6 inches, which bodes well for a roomier interior. The base four-cylinder engine now makes 300 hp, while a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 ups the ante to 365 hp. A 10-speed automatic replaces the old six-speed. Ford is expanding the lineup further with an optional hybrid powertrain and an ST performance variant.

What’s Not: The Explorer is still a crossover, having parted with its truck-based roots with the introduction of the previous generation for the 2011 model year.

When: June 2019

How Much: $33,860

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

What’s New: A bit long in the tooth, this seven-seat luxury SUV is in for a full redesign. It will sit on a new high-strength steel–intensive platform to help it shed weight. An ultra-luxurious Maybach version will enter production in Alabama alongside the standard model. With an expected price tag of around $200,000, this version will compete with the Bentley Bentayga.

What’s Not: Once again, expect to see a standard six-cylinder and a high-performance AMG variant with a V-8 engine.

When: 2019–2020

How Much: $75,000 (est)

Mazda CX-30

What’s New: Slotting between the CX-3 and CX-5, the confusingly named 2020 Mazda CX-30 joins a growing niche of not-too-subcompact crossovers. The CX-30 rides on a variant of the new Mazda3 platform, sports the latest iteration of the brand’s Kodo design language, and gets a new infotainment system. We expect the CX-30 to get Mazda’s full complement of chassis wizardry, which should turn it into the athlete of its small but growing segment.

What’s Not: Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter I-4 paired to a six-speed automatic will likely be the only engine available on the 2020 CX-30 for the U.S. market. The automaker’s trick Skyactiv-X compression ignition engine could come as a late addition if it can pass muster with the EPA.

When: 2019–2020

How Much: $22,000 (est)

Alfa Romeo Tonale

What’s New: The whole insalata. This is to be Alfa’s BMW X1/Audi Q3 fighter. Named for another twisty mountain pass, it aims to meet or exceed the dynamic brilliance of those competitors in a more beautiful wrapper. Shown in Geneva as a plug-in hybrid four-seater with electric rear drive and combustion front drive, we expect to find five seat belts and more conventional powertrain offerings—at least in base models.

What’s Not: It will share its structural architecture and Italian assembly location with the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X. It’s also likely to share basic powertrain elements, though perhaps with specific Alfa tuning.

When: Mid to late 2020

How Much: $33,000 (est)

Aston Martin DBX

What’s New: It’s been four years since we first saw the DBX concept. In that time, Aston Martin’s first CUV has gained a more conventional crossover shape and a pair of rear doors. And instead of attempting to repurpose one of its existing platforms for crossover duty, Aston Martin has developed an all-new platform for the DBX. So don’t expect it to drive like an overgrown DB11.

What’s Not: As with other Aston Martins, the infotainment system and some of its controls will be sourced from Mercedes. And although it’s not clear which engine options will be offered, expect them to be sourced from Mercedes, as well. The base engine will probably be a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with a mild hybrid system. The 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 found in the Vantage will likely be an option.

When: Late 2019

How Much: $175,000 (est)

WHAT’S NEXT Rivian R1S

What’s New: Combining the luxury appointments and off-road capability of a Range Rover, the space of a Ford Expedition, and the electric performance of the Tesla Model X, the Rivian R1S aims to please well-heeled millennials when it launches. Built on a slightly shorter version of the R1T pickup’s platform, the R1S replaces the truck’s bed with a third row, giving this electric off-roader room for seven. Rivian claims 34-, 30-, and 29-degree approach, departure, and breakover angles and between 8.1 and 11.7 inches of ground clearance. Even more impressive is its claimed street performance: 0–60 mph in as little as 3.0 seconds. Clearly Rivian is promising the world with its R1S and R1T. We hope it can deliver.

When: 2021

How Much: $70,000 (est)

Volkswagen ID Buggy

What’s New: Everything. We can’t believe VW found a company to build this electric dune buggy. It has no roof, doors, and no grille but crazy-high fenders and back end. It’s street legal and rides on 18-inch all-terrain tires; it has a 62-kW-hr lithium-ion battery in the floor and a 201-hp, 228-lb-ft electric motor in the rear axle to ensure power is always at the ready, even off-road. Electric range is about 155 miles. The cloth seats are weatherproof, and there are drains throughout to get rid of rainwater. The interior is deliberately minimalist. The two-seater hearkens back to the Meyers Manx dune buggies that cruised the California beaches in the ’60s.

What’s Not: The ID Buggy will ride on VW’s MEB modular electric drive platform. VW plans to introduce 70 new electric models over the next 10 years.

When: 2021

How Much: $32,000 (est)

Cadillac e-SUV

What’s New: General Motors has tapped Cadillac to lead its electric offensive, which will begin with an EV crossover wearing the storied crest badge. The vehicle’s name will be revealed closer to its launch in 2021, but we know it’ll be the first to use GM’s new BEV3 architecture designed to support rear- and all-wheel-drive EVs. For now, Cadillac promises more than 300 mile of range, two rows of seating, and the latest version of its Super Cruise semi-autonomous tech. You can also expect the model to continue the torque-based badging strategy that began with the XT6.

What’s Not: Competitiveness continues to be a major challenge for the Cadillac brand, and GM president Mark Reuss has admitted that the pivot to electrification is Caddy’s last chance to reinvent itself. With nearly every other luxury automaker planning to roll out EVs in the next few years, Cadillac will again have to work hard to stand out from the competition.

When: 2021

How Much: $60,000

Alfa Romeo Large SUV

What’s New: Alfa’s versatile Giorgio platform grows again from the Giulia sedan and Stelvio midsize crossover to accommodate a longer, taller seven-passenger crossover. The unnamed family hauler will likely follow the Stelvio’s precedent with a rear-drive layout and optional all-wheel drive, turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, and an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus all-new plug-in hybrid drivetrains. It will also lend its platform to the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What’s Not: Expect parts sharing where you can’t see it to keep costs down and a scaled-up version of the Stelvio’s all-wheel-drive system, similarly tuned for street performance rather than rock-crawling.

When: 2022

How Much: $50,000 (est)

Infiniti QX Inspiration

What’s New: News flash—our automotive future is electrified. And that includes Infiniti, whose intriguing QX Inspiration concept strongly hints at the brand’s direction. Will upcoming Infinitis feature a gold flower vase or a striking marble center console that stretches to the rear seats? Don’t count on it. But buyers should expect an electric Infiniti crossover with bold styling, uniquely Japanese design touches, and a spacious cabin.

What’s Not: We’ve seen Infiniti reinvent itself before. Can electrified powertrains and a new design language elevate Infiniti’s brand stature?

When: Late 2021 (est)

How Much: $75,000 (est)

BMW iNext

What’s New: Following BMW’s first electric crossover, the iX3, 2021’s iNext will be larger and more tech-intensive. That model will mark the debut of a number of technologies for the brand, including standard Level 3 autonomous capability, gaze recognition, and enhanced gesture control. Because all that tech takes time to develop, our sources say the BMW i4 electric sedan will launch before the iNext, though both are due the same year. The iNext promises a range of 435 miles, and power will come from new induction-type motors.

What’s Not: The production iNext will draw inspiration from the controversially styled Vision iNext concept, but the design should be toned down significantly. You’ll still see the “i” brand’s take on the BMW dual kidney grille aesthetic, but we expect the look won’t be quite as in-your-face as the concept when the first iNext rolls off the line at BMW’s Dingolfing plant.

When: 2021

How Much: $80,000 (est)

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Here’s How the Subaru Outback Has Changed Over Six Generations

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:00

The Subaru Outback may not have pioneered the lifted station wagon look, but it certainly popularized it. From its humble beginnings as a Subaru Legacy variant hawked by Crocodile Dundee as an SUV alternative, the Outback has changed a lot over its six generations. But the adventure-loving spirit of the original carries over to the new 2020 Subaru Outback, the largest and most advanced iteration yet. Read on to find out how the Outback has changed over the years.

First Generation (1995-1999)

The first Subaru Outback arrived as a trim package for the second-generation Subaru Legacy L wagon. The very first model in 1995 was essentially just a Legacy wagon with plastic body cladding and a more durable cloth interior. The suspension lift the Outback is known for today wouldn’t arrive until 1996, along with a larger 2.5-liter flat-four good for 155 hp. The first-gen Outback is perhaps best known for its ad campaign featuring Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, who pushed the then-new model as a smart, rugged alternative to SUVs of the day like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Cherokee. After the updates for the 1996 model year, the Outback at least looked rugged with its 7.3 inches of ground clearance and chunkier mud and snow tires. By 1997, the first Outback sedan was sold in limited numbers to test the waters for a “Sport Utility Sedan.” It must’ve been a success, because the Outback sedan continued for two more generations.

Impreza Outback Sport

To build on the momentum of the Legacy-based Outback, Subaru gave the same two-tone body cladding treatment to the first-gen Impreza wagon and called it the Impreza Outback Sport. The first Impreza Outback Sports (1994-2001) also got the same hood as the sportier Impreza 2.5 RS model, complete with vents and a non-functional (but cool-looking) hood scoop. Over the next two generations of Impreza, the Outback Sport was sold as a separate model until finally ending production in 2011. However, the model’s spirit lives on in the Subaru Crosstrek.

Second Generation (2000-2004)

The Outback was officially spun off from the Legacy as a separate model in its second generation, though the two continue to share basic architecture to this day. The new wagon was longer and wider, and offered a 3.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine as an option for the first time. That engine produced a healthy 212 hp, and the updated base 2.5-liter flat-four now made 165 hp.

Third Generation (2005-2009)

Once again, the Outback grew in size, gaining in nearly every dimension. It also got a new look that ditched the soft lines of the last two models. The venerable EJ25 2.5-liter flat-four now made 175 hp, and the optional flat-six’s output jumped to 245 hp. But the big news was the addition of a third engine option in the Outback XT—a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four that produced 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque—more than the six-cylinder’s 219 lb-ft. The Outback sedan was discontinued for the 2008 model year, but so was the Legacy wagon in the U.S., cementing the Outback as the only Legacy-based wagon option in this market.

Fourth Generation (2010-2014)

The fourth-gen Outback saw the biggest single wheelbase gain yet at 2.8 inches, and width expanded by 3.6 inches. Those changes helped grant the new Outback a more spacious cabin, which is one of the reasons we named it our 2010 SUV of the Year. The turbo engine was dropped, leaving the North American Outback with a naturally aspirated flat-four and flat-six once again. But the six-cylinder option was new, with displacement increased to 3.6 liters and output up to 256 hp and 247 lb-ft—and on regular gas rather than the premium fuel the old 3.0-liter required. A CVT was also new, available on the four-cylinder Outback along with a new six-speed manual (the previous manual option was a five-speed). Sadly, this would be the last generation to offer a manual in the U.S.

Fifth Generation (2015-2019)

The Outback’s dimensions increased slightly for its fifth generation, with its wheelbase growing 0.2 inch and overall length stretching by 0.6 inch. Width increased by 0.7 inch over its predecessor. But those changes, however small, resulted in respectable growth in interior space. Cabin volume increased from 105.4 cubic feet to 108.1 cubic feet, and the cargo area gained an extra 2 cubic feet. Engine options carried over for the most part, but the 2.5-liter was updated for improved efficiency and quieter operation. A CVT was now the only transmission choice. The new model received the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight advanced safety suite, and also got a new infotainment system with up to a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Later models would get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

And now you’re caught up with the Subaru Outback. To find out how the new 2020 Outback compares to the crossover wagon it replaces, be sure to read our article examining the two here. To see the Outback’s gradual evolution, check out all the photos in the extensive galleries above.

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Toyota Highlander History: A Closer Look at the Ever-Evolving Ute

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:00

After its debut at the 2000 New York auto show, the Toyota Highlander quickly became a hot seller. Slotting between the RAV4 and 4Runner, the original Highlander offered the best of both worlds with car-like handling, lots of interior space, and light off-road capability. Over the years, it has morphed into a very different vehicle, growing in size and adding new features. Read on to find out exactly how the Toyota Highlander has changed over the years.

First Generation (2001-2007): Reinventing the midsize utility

A couple years before Honda would introduce the Pilot, Toyota rolled out the 2001 Highlander. Most SUVs at the time were truck-based, but the Highlander offered a more comfortable ride with a unibody structure and four-wheel independent suspension. It sat on a modified Camry platform.

A 2.4-liter inline-four engine provided 155 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, fine for trips in town. But the 3.0-liter V-6 was the engine of choice, making 220 hp and 222 lb-ft. The Highlander with this powerplant could hit 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, according to our tests.

Pairing to the engine was a four-speed automatic transmission with snow mode. For 2004, Toyota updated the Highlander with a new 3.3-liter V-6 making 230 hp, paired to a five-speed. It also received slightly more power for the base engine, a freshened exterior, and a third row option. For 2005, Toyota introduced the Highlander Hybrid, which became the world’s first seven-passenger hybrid SUV.

Second Generation (2008-2013): More space, more power

Moving into its second generation, the Highlander grew quite a bit from 2007. Still Camry-based, the 2008 model was 3.8 inches longer and 3.3 inches wider, with about an inch more ground clearance. Three inches were added to the wheelbase, and the model was 2.8 inches taller. It boasted quite a bit more room in the first two rows, although the third row was still cramped. All models but the base model got a 3.5-inch rear camera display.

Toyota threw out the four-cylinder engine, and there was a new 3.5 liter V-6 making 270 hp and 248 lb-ft. This extra power proved enough to propel the larger crossover to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. The Hybrid kept its 3.3-liter V-6 making 208 hp, paired with electric motors for a total 270 hp. It was outfitted with all-wheel drive only.

A four-cylinder returned for 2009 in the form of a 187-hp 2.7-liter unit with a six-speed automatic. Model year 2011 saw a new design with slimmer headlights, and the third row as standard equipment. The 6.1-inch screen Display Audio system was standard on the Highlander for 2013.

See the Toyota Highlander’s evolution from first to current generation in the gallery below.

Third Generation (2014-2019): Beefed up

The 2014 Highlander debuted with a more compelling exterior design, starting the large grille trend that would remain on the model for the entire third generation. It grew 2.7 inches in length and about half an inch in width from the 2013 model. The crossovers seats a maximum of eight people instead of seven now. The engine choices were essentially unchanged, with the four-cylinder losing a few hp. A 2014 Highlander V-6 we tested hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

Toyota refreshed the Highlander for 2017, and it wore an even larger grille. The four-cylinder carried over, but the V-6 was updated to produce 295 hp and 263 lb-ft, and it uses a new eight-speed auto. Another big update was a new SE trim with an updated suspension and dark exterior treatment. In our tests, though, we didn’t find it particularly sporty, acting jittery on less than perfect pavement and leaning in the corners. But it hit 60 mph in a respectable 7.2 seconds. In our last review of the third-gen Highlander, we concluded it was a quiet, comfortable family hauler but it came up short in terms of ride and handling.

Fourth Generation (2020- ): Stylish and youthful

With the new fourth-generation model, Toyota is looking to expand its customer base beyond families to include young active buyers and empty-nesters, and the streamlined design should reach more people. But the Highlander grows once again, this time gaining 2.4 inches in length and 2.4 inches in its wheelbase. It’s also slightly wider than before. Cargo room behind the third row grows to 16.1 cubic feet.

Finally, the Highlander shifts to the more rigid Toyota New Global Architecture, which should mean improved ride and handling, although we’ll have to test this out for ourselves at some point.

Once again, Toyota dropped the four-cylinder, and the previous V-6 carries over. The hybrid model gets a new-generation powertrain that includes a 2.5-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined 240 hp, and it’s available in front-drive form. Inside the cabin, Toyota introduced a 12.3-inch touchscreen that makes the crossover look more modern.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander goes on sale late this year, with the hybrid coming in early 2020.

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Home sales rise in first half at Crest

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:49
Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has posted a 4.25% rise in sales during the six months to the end of April in a trading statement ahead of its half-year results.
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Want a 2019 Acura NSX for $20,000 off?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 21:58

Fancy a high-tech supercar with a load of cash on the hood to help defray the downpayment? The 2019 Acura NSX has a $20,000 discount off whatever price you can negotiate.

The incentive is not listed on the Acura.com consumer website, but research by MotorTrend affiliate IntelliChoice into JATO Dynamics data uncovered the secret incentive on the exotic hybrid, which starts at $159,300. And it’s not going away any time soon, as JATO says the incentive has been booked through March 31, 2020.

Although Acura updated the 2019 NSX to our liking, sales of the NSX had been slowing. In 2018, Acura sold only 170 units, compared to a still-modest 581 in 2017 and 269 in an abbreviated 2016. So far, the incentive appears to be working; much of the NSX’s 42 percent year-to-date sales increase came after the incentive was quietly launched in mid-March.

 

 

Sales of high-priced, low-volume exotic vehicles are more prone to the whims of those One Percenters who want the latest, greatest tech. As such, sales show more volatility on a percentage basis month to month. Usually, executives of mass-market brands give those niche sales numbers little notice compared to their volume vehicles. But having exotic cars stacking up is not a good look.

The $20,000 incentive is the highest-known incentive in the industry. Next closest is $9,000 consumer cash on the aging Jaguar XJ, according to IntelliChoice. That said, information for niche supercar brands is not readily available, as the brands tend to be discreet and use non-cash discounts (such as factory-to-dealer cash for under-the-table discounts or lease-residual subvention) to move the sheetmetal.

Acura spokesman Andrew Quillin said the incentive is limited to the 2019 model, “of which there are just a handful of U.S. allocations remaining before we shift focus to [model year 2020]. The incentive provides an enticement to those buyers considering one of the final few build-to-order slots.”

Further, when viewed as a percentage of MSRP, the incentive on NSX is less than 14 percent. “These larger-than-usual amounts generally align with incentives for other segments,” Quillin said. “NSX continues to play a critical role in our effort to refocus Acura around performance, both on road and track.”

Decreasing demand for supercars

Acura is not alone in seeing its exotic car sales decline. According to auto sales tracking website GoodCarBadCar, sales of “premium sports cars” fell from 21,034 in 2017 to 18,188 last year. The BMW i8, for example, saw sales drop from 2,265 units in 2016 to 488 in 2017 before rebounding to 772 last year; through April of this year, it has seen a 42-percent increase. And the venerable Nissan GT-R saw sales fall to 538 last year from several years in the 1,200-unit range.

In a March 2018 interview, Acura boss Jon Ikeda said, “The key is build-to-order. Dealers want one in their store. Now we’re racing with [Roger Penske], we have GT3 race cars, and we have posters on the walls of dealerships. You add to that a shiny red NSX, you give a test drive, and sell an A-Spec MDX. The NSX has many purposes beyond sales. It’s a halo, a flagship.”

MotorTrend recently published a theory that economic recessions tend to follow the release of supercars by automakers not traditionally known for building exotics. But might the slowing demand for older supercars, requiring big cash-on-the-hood offers, also be a sign that woeful economic times are fast approaching? Stay tuned.

 

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Study: Consumers have more confidence in self-driving cars than electric vehicles

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:00
American consumers have more confidence in self-driving car technology than electric vehicles, according to the results of a survey conducted by the AAA. Results of the study released last week show that Americans are more likely to think that most cars will be able to drive themselves come 2029 than to be powered by an electric motor...
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2019 BMW 8-Series

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:50
The 2019 BMW 8-Series revives a badge that’s been dormant for 20 years. It replaces the former 6-Series, and takes a spot at the top of BMW’s numeric charts, while it takes up rent-free space in our head. The coupe or convertible is lovely to look at and to drive, though it’s as chunky as a BMW SUV and more expensive than most of...
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Manchester’s flexible office market set to grow by 50%

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:57
The flexible office market in Manchester is set to expand by around 50% over the next four years.
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