Brewdog reveals plans for beer-themed Edinburgh hotel

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:54
Pub chain Brewdog has announced plans for a beer-themed hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
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AEW lets 20,000 sq ft in Manchester to law firm Brabners

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:12
Independent law firm Brabners is to relocate its Manchester and Preston offices as part of expansion plans.
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John Lewis vows to close no more stores

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:07
The boss of John Lewis has said the department store chain will not close any more stores after announcing plans to shut eight outlets.
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Queensgate makes two senior hires

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:04
Queensgate Investments has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of Gary Jones to chief operating officer and Daniel Peart to general counsel.
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Homebase secures garden centre tie-up with Next

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:55
Next is opening Homebase shop-in-shops in six of its stores as part of a new trial partnership.
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LGIM launches new strategy to futureproof retail

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:50
LGIM Real Assets has launched its blueprint for the high street of the future, kickstarting its plans with a new curated shopping street in Poole called KINGLAND, which sets out to champion local independent and SME businesses.
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QIP secures £23m refinancing deal with Invesco on student development

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:49
Q Investment Partners (QIP) has secured a £23m refinancing of Straits Village, its 300-bed UK purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) complex in Nottingham.
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LondonMetric completes £38.5m of sales

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:50
LondonMetric Property has sold five retail and office assets for £38.5m.
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Aviva agrees £73m green loan to CEG

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:38
Aviva Investors has completed a £73m sustainable transition loan agreement with property investment management and development company Commercial Estates Group (CEG).
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Hammerson in talks with Brookfield to sell UK retail parks

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:24
Hammerson has confirmed it is in talks to sell its UK retail parks portfolio to Canadian investment giant Brookfield for around £350m.
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Osborne Clarke recruits Wilkinson as London real estate partner

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 02:15
Law firm Osborne Clarke has hired Richard Wilkinson as a partner in its London real estate team.
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Osborne Clark recruits Wilkinson as London real estate partner

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 02:15
Law firm Osborne Clark has hired Richard Wilkinson as a partner in its London real estate team.
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2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Compare SUVs

The Car Connection News Feed - Sun, 04/11/2021 - 13:00
Off-roading and adventure seeking is a lifestyle. Not everyone cares, but those who do inevitably consider the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler as their overlander of choice. The decision becomes a crossroads. These two legendary icons created cult followings long before Tesla made such a thing, but for very different reasons. The 4Runner’s...
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2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 13:00
Three-row crossovers have become the hottest thing in suburbia since Five Guys spread across the nation. The 2021 VW Atlas and 2021 Kia Telluride are two large popular family crossover SUVs with lots of space for families. The former keeps things simple while the latter punches above its price class in top trims. The Atlas is the automaker’s...
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Chair of RICS investigation resigns

Property Week News Feed - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 10:27
The chair of an independent probe into corporate governance practices at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has resigned.
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Landsec CEO Mark Allan: Let’s get cities full again

Property Week News Feed - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 01:01
It feels like Britain will be a happier place in the coming weeks. As lockdown restrictions continue to lift, it will feel very special to do many of the things we used to take for granted.
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Tesla Kicking Inattentive Drivers Off “Full Self Driving” Beta Testing

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:27

Tesla owners, are you getting excited to try the much-hyped FSD (Full Self-Driving) autonomous driving feature in Beta testing form? You had better make and keep a habit of keeping your eyes on the road.

FSD Beta has now been expanded to ~2000 owners & we’ve also revoked beta where drivers did not pay sufficient attention to the road. No accidents to date.

Next significant release will be in April. Going with pure vision — not even using radar. This is the way to real-world AI.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 12, 2021

On March 6, Elon Musk tweeted about adding a “Download Beta” on-screen button to Tesla cars’ touchscreens “in 10 days.” While the button is stuck in limbo on the flow of EMT (Elon’s Master Time), the Tesla CEO also disclosed that the next big software release for the automaker’s vehicles will be in April, so we can at least expect the expanded availability of FSD beta software beyond today’s select group of owner-testers and some employees.

The forthcoming “Download beta” option for all is huge news. Customers who paid thousands of dollars for the FSD sensor hardware necessary to support fully automated driving (and the promise of later fully autonomous travel activated by software update), they can now try out a skeletal outline of that capability in “beta,” or incomplete test form. (The system can guide so-equipped Teslas along a navigation route, making lane changes, make full right and left turns, and heed traffic signals.) Those same eager Teslarati should take note: It’s not all hands-free, kick-back-and-let-the-car-do-the-work from here on out, and they can lose their FSD preview if they aren’t careful.

How? Well, Mr. Musk has revealed that some drivers had their FSD beta access removed because they were not paying sufficient attention to the road with the system engaged.

How did Tesla determine who was being naughty? Already, every Tesla equipped with the Level 2 Autopilot driver assist regularly detects force applied to the steering wheel—so as to shut Autopilot off if a driver fails to make an input at the wheel every so often (a de-facto “check-in”). On recent models, the in-cabin camera can keep tabs on things; for a time, this camera was simply disabled. But recently, Tesla has started using the in-car camera for driver attention monitoring, as an additional way to combat misuse of Autopilot, which is not intended to be a hands- and attention-free system. Again, it’s only a Level 2 semi-autonomous setup, capable of accelerating, braking, and steering in certain closed environments such as freeways.

Interesting that "phone use" for Tesla means "driver is holding a phone in front of them" not "driver is talking on a phone that's pressed to their ear".

— green (@greentheonly) April 7, 2021

It seems that, so far, being kicked out of FSD beta testing requires being spotted not spotting the road ahead by this in-car camera, as well as the typical steering-input tracking Tesla has long employed.

Tesla hacker “green”, @greentheonly, was able to gather footage from the cabin camera (which is mounted right below the rear-view mirror) and figured out what aspects the computer is detecting for driver monitoring. The system is mostly tracking head, eyes, and sunglasses. Interestingly, it is also trying to detect “phone use,” keeping a virtual eye out for drivers holding and looking at a phone, which is a common cause of distracted driving. The percentage read-outs in the video represent the system’s “confidence level.” As Tesla is famously known for using AI for image recognition. In this case, the higher the percentage, the more likely it is the case that the driver is using a phone. The hacker also tried to place physical photo print outs (including a photo of Elon Musk) in various locations to trick the system. And yes, it can be tricked. It is an interesting video, take a look in the YouTube clip below:

Obviously, the system is still in its infancy and in development. At this point, Tesla has three ways to detect a driver’s attention level: Steering force, the seat sensor, and the in-cabin camera.

Autonomous driving—and where responsibility lies in case of an accident—is an extremely difficult problem to work out. The road to fully autonomous driving, Full Self Driving or otherwise, is very long but technology likely will get there. Tesla is definitely pushing the boundaries of testing such setups by releasing an “autonomous-adjacent” feature to the public and gathering data on their use of the system. But it cannot be stressed enough: No matter the FSD system’s capability, it requires an attentive pilot to monitor whether the system is actually doing its job. This is why tech companies and other automakers pay trained individuals to keep tabs on self-driving prototype cars and be ready to jump in and take control if a situation warrants them doing so.

So, a reminder, Tesla owners. FSD is merely in limited-capability beta form, and Autopilot is anything but what its name implies. Both setups can make stupid decisions and still require the driver’s attention to take control for many situations. All of which is to say: Tesla owners, when the “Download FSD Beta” button finally appears on your EV’s touchscreen, please use it responsibly and operate the vehicle safely, keeping your eyes on the road. Tesla is watching.

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Success of Mustang and Bronco Sub-Brands Means More Spin-Offs to Come

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 20:30

Ford CEO Jim Farley was a champion of the idea of creating sub-brands around iconic Blue Oval nameplates, starting with Mustang and Bronco. With those models’ early success seeing their names spread beyond their core original Mustang and Bronco models, Farley thinks there is room to expand the concept to more nameplates.

“We have so much opportunity,” Farley tells MotorTrend in an interview. “We have such a plethora of ideas and passion brands in the company. So many in Europe and in the U.S. We run deep. So, I don’t think we’re going to stop there.”

The sub-brand idea goes back to the naming of Ford’s first performance all-electric, battery-powered SUV, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The move rankled some purists who felt that all the Mustang styling cues in the world, not to mention 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of instant torque were not enough to justify attaching the Mustang pony car nameplate to a four-door crossover. The Mach-E represents the first expansion of the Mustang family in 55 years, meaning it also risks messing with the muscle car’s history and legacy and all those other sacred realms that can easily kill a bold idea.

How an Electric SUV Became a Mustang

Ford had begun work on a “compliance” electric vehicle, so-named because it was being developed to meet emissions standards and nothing more. The milquetoast crossover, based on the Ford Fusion, was scrapped under then-new CEO Jim Hackett, but it was his lieutenant Jim Farley who challenged the team to use the Mustang as inspiration for a sportier and more exciting design and the dynamism a rear-drive platform could inject. Somewhere along the development line, the vehicle went from Mustang-inspired to a full-on Mustang, having been deemed worthy of the pony badge.

Any fan-base vitriol is being overshadowed by critical acclaim for the Mach-E. Those who have driven one don’t care what it is called if it performs as promised. MotorTrend testers were impressed with the Mach-E’s balance and found it to be a whole lot of fun. Ford sold more than 6,600 Mach-E SUVs in the U.S. in the first quarter.

Bronco Becomes Sub-Brand

Creating an outdoorsy sub-brand around the Bronco name has been less controversial, but arguably more confusing. That is because the return of the Ford Ranger pickup–based, body-on-frame Bronco in two-and four-door configurations, is still a way out. The 2021 Bronco is not due until fall and some models have been delayed to the 2022 model year due to supply-chain issues.

Despite the delays, “we have almost 200,000 reservations for Bronco,” Farley says. “If they all convert to orders, that’s two years of production.”

Meanwhile, a new unibody SUV, sharing front-drive underpinnings with the Ford Escape but with more off-road capability and the squared-off, rugged look of a Bronco, is the first family member on the market. The 2021 Bronco Sport is on sale now—and more than 23,000 of them sold in the U.S. in the first quarter—and comes with a surprising amount of capability. A hallmark of the new Bronco brand is standard all-wheel drive.

“I’m so glad we allocated that capital to that Bronco lineup,” Farley says.

An entry-level compact pickup could join the Bronco brand, as well. It is expected to use the front-wheel drive platform used by the Ford Focus in Europe, and the new pickup—”Maverick” seems to be the leading name, but perhaps “Bronco Courier” could work—would slot below the Ranger.

More Sub-Brands to Come

The success of Mustang and Bronco spin-offs are encouraging Ford to continue down this path of putting variants and even different body styles under the umbrella of a single nameplate. “I made it very clear when we rolled out the plan that we’re going to create new passion brands too,” Farley says.

It makes marketing sense; building awareness for a new nameplate requires a lot of time and money. Tapping into a legacy name comes with recognition. Mustang has been mentioned in at least 50 songs; Bronco has been featured in more than 1,200 films, 200 songs, and one very famous police chase by a former quarterback.

The CEO does not go on to say which nameplates could evolve into sub-brands. We can hazard a few guesses. In Europe, where Ford continues to sell cars beyond the Mustang, the real emphasis is on commercial vehicles. Ford is betting heavily on returns from its commercial vehicles making Transit a good bet.

Then there is the Ford F-150. Ford lumps the light-duty pickup with heavy duties under the umbrella of F-Series—a category that collectively sells about 1.1 million trucks a year. But F-Series as a name has not really struck gold in the automotive lexicon the way F-150 has. There are so many trims and special editions that F-150 is arguably already a sub-brand (it’s a common refrain that Ford’s F-150 business alone could make up its own Fortune 500 company). And there is more to come, as Ford plans an all-electric F-150 next year, part of a larger plan to electrify its iconic vehicles.

Raptor Would Also Be a Good Sub-Brand for Ford

There is real potential is in the Raptor name currently affixed to the high-speed, desert-bashing F-150 variant. It already has been spun off into a sub-brand, in a way, with the name and treatment extended to the Ranger pickup—but not here in the U.S. Look for this sin to be atoned for when the Ranger is redesigned in the next year or so.

And with Ford promising a real acceleration in the number of nameplates still to come, including many new electric vehicles, there are likely sub-brands in the works for names we have not yet heard of. That includes plans for small electric vehicles for Europe using partner Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle platform.

“We’re going to grow as a company,” Farley says. “There’s no shortage of great ideas.”

So, to end on a touchy subject … Which does Farley prefer: a Mustang or a Mustang Mach-E? “I want both,” he tells us. “I want both because I have the luxury of having more than one vehicle in my household. And yeah. I want a Mustang for the Dream Cruise and I want my Mustang Mach-E, GT specifically, to drive to work every day, and once in a while, maybe a Bronco. And if I want to go up north on a nice summer weekend, I’ll probably take my Mustang. It depends on the trip.”

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From the Archives: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL First Drive

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 19:15

In honor of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL’s golden anniversary, we dug up our June 1971 review of the then-new 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL.

We’ve been told that our cars must change, that they pollute and maim … and this can no longer be; Congress and DOT have decreed it. Some believe that this is only a phase we’re going through, that it, like all things, must pass. In our hearts, though, we know that it’s true and it really will happen. Still, those of us who love cars hope and work toward the end that there will somehow remain some trace of the excitement that we cherish in the breed of antiseptic transport modules that is to follow—vehicles conceived without emotion like test-tube babies in sterile laboratories. The Safety Cars are coming; we’ve already seen their ESV vanguard. Padding, periscopes, and airbags: the wave of the Future.

“The present-day concept of the automobile is outmoded. No longer can it be a work of art or a plaything; it must now be thought of as an instrument of use that can also kill and injure.” Amazing words, especially coming from Karl Wilfert, who in his 40 years at Daimler-Benz has designed, built, and driven some of the most exciting cars in the world. Wilfert is DB’s chief of body development and research (including styling) and is acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable men in the world in the field of automotive safety. He also personally holds most of the Mercedes suspension patents and, with Rudolf Uhlenhaut, designed the 300SL on a kitchen table. The new 450SL (350SL in Europe) is his statement on what a car now must—and can—be.

The 450SL has significance beyond its appeal as a desirable or prestigious two-seater touring car. Its new fuel-injected 4.5-liter V-8 has already (with air pump and catalytic converter) met the tough 1975 emissions standards in the lab. Its basic body structure will accommodate bumper assemblies, designed already, that will meet Florida’s 5-mph standard, which Maryland has also adopted for 1974. DOT has stipulated 10-mph bumpers for its ESVs, and Mercedes probably has a good start on these as well. Additionally, it is almost a certainty that the interior design will be capable, with additional bolstering on the passenger side, of meeting DOT requirements for the protection of unrestrained occupants in a 30-mph barrier crash without airbags. “So what?” you ask. “The car costs nearly $10,000.” Yes, see it does, but its predecessor, the 280SL, with comparable equipment ran about $9,500, lending support to the argument that increases in safety need not bring huge increases in price. Even so, the new car has many overt improvements over the old, like the V-8, a three-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, and more advanced rear suspension, but the real improvements have been in making it substantially safer than the already very safe 280SL.

The Safe Bet

In a 1966 staff conference on safety, Dr. Wilfert presented a paper that has become the definitive work on the subject, singling out the automobile facet of the complex driver-car-road matrix that comprises automotive safety. In it, he discussed the concepts of active and passive safety, stressing the importance of the driver environment in active safety — the avoidance of accidents. He dealt with such things as the importance of good visibility, easily readable instruments, placement and design of controls, proper design of seats, and even air conditioning and ventilation to keep the driver alert. In a later paper, he discussed research done with hospitals in Sweden, where all accident fatalities become the property of the state for 48 hours, and autopsies are performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Indicative of the results was the fact that one doctor, who had performed over 300 of these autopsies, was able to tell by the injuries on the victim’s body the make of the car he had been riding in. This same doctor was able to determine and reconstruct the motions the body had undergone in the crash and what objects in the interior it had come into contact with. Particularly significant was the discovery that in a head-on crash, the driver tends to “submarine” under the dash while moving forward, hitting too hard with his knees and chest, while his abdomen continues forward, leading to spinal breakage. From this data, Dr. Wilfert was able to develop a steering wheel/steering column impact absorber combination that has markedly increased the survivability of the unrestrained driver in a frontal collision. (Forty-three percent of the accidents in the Swedish study, by far the greatest percentage, were frontal.) In the same way, it was determined that lives could be saved by devising a shift lever handle that was too large to penetrate the eye socket, and the new Mercedes have these. Gruesome stuff it’s true, but it must be faced.

When asked why he designed a new body for the 350/450SL, when the 280SL’s styling is still contemporary and attractive, Wilfert explained that, in truth, they could have face-lifted the 8-year-old car, but that it was really time for a change. The new internal air conditioning ducting, the bigger engine, the new European halogen headlights, new fuel tank location over the rear axle, and the aerodynamic changes to keep the side windows and taillights clean, required a new body shell.

Aerodynamics at Play

The attractively styled body is 3.4 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider than the 280SL. It continues Mercedes-Benz’s usage of what amounts to a monocoque structure, with no separate stub frame. The panels are punched out and the bodies welded together at the 360-acre Sindelfingen assembly plant, with a maximum production rate for the model of up to 70 a day. Of interest was the use of the Daimler-Benz-developed Elasto-Statik-Element-Methode (ESEM), which utilizes a computer to analyze each element of a structure in terms of its contribution to the total strength of the unit, an increasingly important consideration in maximizing strength without adding excessive amounts of unneeded material and weight. With ESEM, they have been able to increase the windshield post strength by 50 percent. Despite such techniques, however, the new car is about 275 pounds heavier than the old one. Approximately 150 pounds of this is in the body, with the change from aluminum doors (used in the 280SL) to steel accounting for 70 of those. The steel doors are of course necessary to provide requisite lateral crash protection. A set of front and rear 5-mph “Florida” bumpers will add another 120 pounds when they come along. (When I asked Rudolf Uhlenhaut if Mercedes would ever consider just writing off the U.S. market because of all the time and money required to meet the standards, he replied that it wouldn’t, because they just couldn’t abandon their sales organization and, even more important, that the Europeans would adopt the same standards as the Americans within two or three years. That’s one reason they went to the new gas tank location with double steel bulkheads; it isn’t required now, but they feel it will only be a matter of time before it is. My personal feelings are that the Daimler-Benz engineering department looks upon all of these current and proposed U.S. constraints as merely challenges to their ability, and it is their desire and will to engineer, coupled with enlightened management, that has made our automotive industry look like incompetent, footdragging naysayers by comparison.)

Much of the body development work was done with the aid of wind tunnel testing, permitting the design of the taillights such that they resist the buildup of road dirt to stay more visible. The corrugated ribbing along the lower body panels is more than a styling fillip, as it too came from wind tunnel work and contributes to keeping dirty water splashed up by the wheels from reaching and obscuring the side windows. In addition, the windshield posts have channels to carry the water coming off the wipers over the roof instead of across the side windows. In the past, Mercedes has been criticized for using high spring pressure to prevent the wind from lifting the windshield wipers at high speed, but here they accomplish it by having the wipers, with adjacent pivot points, running generally parallel to the airstream.

The cars built for the U.S. will carry air conditioning as standard equipment, providing draft-free cooling with ducting in the doors. ‘The same ducting is used for the defroster so that, along with the windshield and electrically heated backlight, the side windows can be kept clear. On the outside of the doors, a new pull-to-open handle is used which eliminates the push-button and the accompanying possibility of accidental door opening if the handle is stuck. The outside mirror is adjustable from the inside through a very simple control system and has a breakaway capability for pedestrian safety, but, unfortunately, will probably become a target for vandalism.

Comfort and Convenience

Although the impact absorber pad under the steering column has been standard throughout the Mercedes line, the four-spoke steering wheel is new. The padded hub, spokes, and rim are one piece and covered with molded polyurethane foam, which has a non-slip grained surface. The steering box is located behind the front axle and the column will collapse on impact. The windshield wiper control continues on the directional signal stalk, but now, in addition to the two speeds for the wiper motor, there is an intermittent mode. A large, central speedometer faces the driver, flanked by a tachometer on the right and a combo gauge with fuel quantity, oil pressure, and water temperature readouts, all easily interpreted.

The cars we tested in Germany carried the optional three-point shoulder harness with inertia reel, which will probably be standard here. They are very easy to fasten and release and permit the driver to lean forward as necessary to reach controls. The seats are comfortable and have enough aft movement to permit arms-out driving. Anchoring the belts to the seat frames assures proper restraint regardless of seat positioning. Ventilation is good, with driver and passenger each getting two dash-mounted vents.

We drove the cars at the Hockenheimring, which has several long straights, permitting speeds of up to 206 kph (128 mph), although it is difficult to evaluate a car under those conditions. Later, I was able to drive one of the 350SLs on the Autobahn and in town. at more normal speeds, with the Master Uhlenhaut himself, and found it quite nice. The Michelin tires on that particular car, though very good for handling, were noisy at highway speeds, and probably for that reason, the U.S. cars will carry Dunlops.

It’s a Cruiser, Not a Bruiser

The 350SL departs from the single-pivot swing-axle rear suspension used on the 280SL and uses an improved system, usually alluded to for some reason as “the BMW type rear suspension,” although it is Mercedes-Benz’s and is used on the New Generation (200-220-250) cars. In the case of the 350SL application, the rear suspension is stiffer. The car, in Mercedes tradition, has a lot of suspension travel, for a softer ride on rough roads, and only a limited degree of anti-dive and anti-squat. Uhlenhaut explains that more anti-dive could be added to the front end, but that it could have the adverse side effect of causing the wheels to “hunt” on extreme braking, putting added control responsibilities on the driver, who might already be in an emergency situation. The amount of anti-squat that can be added to the rear suspension, on the other hand, is determined by the geometry of the suspension, and a reduction of this would require new geometry or the installation of a complicated and expensive control device. The car has basic understeer because, as Uhlenhaut explains, “it is meant to drive on the streets, not on the track.” But it’s a good kind of understeer, the kind that forgives when you go into a tight corner too fast, and the car is completely predictable throughout any maneuver. The added front end weight of the air-conditioner, however, detracts from the basic handling. On the open road, the SL is a pleasure to drive, which again is probably part of the overall program to reduce driver fatigue. Throttle response in top gear at cruising speeds is far superior to the typical European standard, even with the 3.5-liter engine.

The power-boosted four-wheel disc brakes are very good and, as we predicted, Mercedes-Benz has chosen to introduce their Anti-Bloc Brake System on this car. The system, which can automatically apply and release each brake individually up to 15–20 times a second to produce minimum-distance skid-free stops under all traction conditions, will be an available option in early ’72, costing about $400. Mercedes has shown the system to all other European manufacturers in accordance with their policy of free access to this significant advancement. At the moment, BMW and Opel have expressed some interest and Volkswagen may offer the unit on their trucks. The system components are built by Teldix, an independent electronics manufacturer, and if production reaches 10,000 units per month, it may be possible to lower the price to $150

The 4.5-liter engine was not shown at the German preview in April, but it will probably be just an enlarged version of the SOHC 3.5-liter V8. The large engine will be available only in the U.S., at least initially, as it is designed to meet emissions requirements. It will be coupled with the new W3A-040 three-speed automatic. (Only a little over 100 manual transmissions were sold in the U.S. last year out of a total of over 29,000 MB cars.) It uses a 1,700-rpm stall-speed converter and has a torque capacity of 40 meter-kilograms (289 lb-ft). The transmission is tailored to the emissions control system of the engine. In the area of conjecture, it would seem logical that the 4.5-liter engine and W3A-040 transmission will replace the 3.5-liter V-8 and four-speed (K4C-025) transmission in all U.S. cars and might possibly supplant the 6.3-liter in the 300SEL Superwagen, all because of the emissions situation. Although this engine has met 775 standards in the laboratory, Uhlenhaut was quick to stress that the precise tolerances and adjustments necessary pose serious problems in achieving the same results in full production; but, at least, they’ve got a handle on the problem.

The 450SL will arrive here for sale in the fall (when it will probably be referred to as the 350SL 4.5 to prevent hard feelings in the home market), and we will most likely be able to test the actual car in July, bringing the results to you by the October issue.

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Oxford and LCP mull purchase of £1bn West Midlands Interchange

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 17:03
Oxford Properties and Logistics Capital Partners are considering buying West Midlands Interchange, an upcoming 734-acre logistics scheme with a gross development value of more than £1bn.
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