A High-Performance Genesis? It Might Just Happen

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 17:00

Genesis is making headlines recently. From the unfortunate crash that Tiger Woods suffered in a GV80 to the new GV70 compact crossover and X coupe concept, the Korean luxury brand seemingly can’t avoid the spotlight. And there’s more coming, too. Rumor has it that an electric GV70 is right around the corner (likely dubbed eGV70). There’s also the possibility of a performance-oriented model joining the lineup in the future.

We had a chance to talk with Ricky Lao, the brand’s new product planning director, who gave us some details about the upcoming 2022 GV70 and hinted at where the brand might expand in the future.

A Performance-Oriented Genesis?

With Hyundai’s N division doing wonders across its lineup, and with competitors of Genesis continuing to play in the performance-oriented space, a performance-oriented Genesis model may find its way to showrooms in the future. While Lao didn’t confirm this, he acknowledged the brand is always looking for new opportunities.

“Our boundaries are limitless in terms of product,” Lao said. “High performance is an area that seems to resonate with a lot of luxury customers.”

The Genesis X Concept, an electric grand touring car, is not the brand’s first attempt at testing the waters for a sporty model. The low-slung Genesis Essentia concept from the 2018 New York Auto Show previously revealed the brand’s possible plans to produce a more sporting model.

Meanwhile, the Genesis eGV70 should arrive as the brand’s first electric SUV. We’re still not sure when that’ll be exactly, but given that Hyundai and Kia recently revealed the battery electric Ioniq 5 and EV6, we wager the Genesis electric SUV’s debut is not too far off.

Start Your GV70 With Your Fingerprint

The new GV70 will be the first vehicle in the world to have a biometric fingerprint scanner, which will allow drivers to turn on their SUV using their fingerprint—even when they don’t have the key with them. Lao said that drivers will be able to lock and unlock the GV70 with their smartphone, and once inside, they can use the fingerprint scanner on the steering wheel to start the car and adjust their settings once a profile has been created.

The fingerprint scanner will allow the driver to do other things, too, such as engage the vehicle’s Valet mode. Down the road, Genesis plans to use this biometric technology for in-car purchases such as paying for gas, coffee, or parking.

The Dealer Situation

Unfortunately, Genesis got off a rocky start with its dealer network. The brand initially decided to sell its cars at existing Hyundai dealers, however, it’s now changing course, and Genesis now plans to have its own independent dealerships. Jarred Pellat, a spokesperson for the brand, said that the first Genesis dealership will break ground this year, and the brand plans to have a network of 150 dealers in the near future across the United States.

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Toyota Avalon TRD revisited, Ghost bankrolls options, Polestar 2 retested: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:48
Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD refills the fountain of youth The TRD treatment for the 2020 Toyota Camry and Avalon adds a mean look and welcome handling upgrades. Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h The 2022 Lexus LS500h will be the first vehicle to get the Lexus Teammate driver-assistance system that allows...
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Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:43
Lexus throws its hat into the ring of driver-assist systems that let drivers take their hands off the wheel with its new Lexus Teammate hands-free driving system, Toyota's luxury brand announced Thursday. Lexus joins other hands-free driving systems such as GM's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot, as well as Ford's forthcoming Active Drive Assist...
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Toyota and Lexus Join Tesla and GM in Level 2 Semi-Autonomous Driving Fray

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:28

For the moment, it’s lonely at the top of the semi-autonomous mountain. In the U.S., Tesla’s massively popular and somewhat controversial Autopilot is challenged only by GM’s Super Cruise, though state-of-the-art Level 2 (and beyond) systems from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Ford are either on their way or available in other markets. Toyota is the latest to join the Level 2 fray, announcing a new partially hands-free highway driving assist suite for the new Toyota Mirai FCV sedan and and the refreshed Lexus LS family.

The new tech is available exclusively in Japan for the moment, but a form of this new system will arrive on U.S.-market, all-wheel-drive Lexus LS sedans this fall under the “Lexus Teammate” label. Here, Teammate-equipped LSs will feature an advanced form of lane keep assist, along with hands-off acceleration, braking, and steering in the right conditions. Depending on what settings inputs from the driver, the LS will follow the vehicle ahead in the lane, navigate interchanges, traffic jams, and change lanes.

There are little functions built-in aimed at increasing trust and comfort of the driver, like moving the car slightly to the outside of a lane when bordered by a passing semi-truck, or consideration for merging vehicles. Toyota is quick to express that this is not a full autonomous system, and still relies heavily on driver attention and interaction for complete operation.

To that end, a driver monitor camera keeps a virtual eye on the driver’s posture, driving position, head direction, and whether or not the driver is looking forward on the road. If not, a visual and audible warning will sound to keep occupants alert. If the driver fails to interact with the system after a set series of warnings, the system will assume there is a medical emergency, causing it to slow down to a complete stop safely, turn the hazard lights on, dial emergency services, and unlock the doors for first responders.

It seems the included hardware won’t be outdated soon, either; cars equipped with Advanced Drive—and/or Lexus Teammate—are eligible for over-the-air updates that eventually may incorporate new features.

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​BPF urges landlords to take part in MHCLG eviction ban consultation

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:23
The British Property Federation (BPF) is launching a “call for arms” urging landlords to submit evidence to the government’s consultation on commercial eviction bans.
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HDH announces raft of promotions

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:15
Retail property consultancy, Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH), has announced a number of promotions.
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Soho House plots £2.12bn float with US filing

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:12
Private members club Soho House has submitted a confidential filing for an initial public offering (IPO) in New York, according to Sky News.
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Covid costs commercial landlords £5.34bn in lost rent

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:57
Commercial landlords have lost £5.34bn in rental income over the first 12 months of the pandemic, according to research by Remit Consulting.
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McCarthy Stone receives £200m in forward funding deal

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:56
McCarthy Stone has received £200m in forwarding funding from a new joint venture to develop 650 retirement homes.
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Scoop appoints architect to ‘future proof’ Stirling shopping centre

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:16
Asset manager and developer Scoop has appointed POD Architects to help it find new uses for vacant units at The Thistles Shopping Centre in Stirling.
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Macquarie loans Aerium £106m for Herbal House refinancing

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:11
Macquarie Capital Principal Finance has loaned Aerium Finance £106m to refinance Herbal House in Farringdon.
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2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L: Our Yearlong Odyssey With One Has Begun

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:00

Dear Honda Manufacturing of Alabama employees,

Just a quick note to let you know that your 2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L (VIN ending in 7577) has arrived safe and sound, thanks to your colleagues at America Honda Motor Company and the folks at Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance, California.

Thanks for painting it in such a lovely shade of Obsidian Blue Pearl; the dark blue really helps the new chrome strip above the redesigned headlights pop and looks stunning against the gray “-L for leather” interior. You might be curious why we picked the Odyssey in the EX-L trim level, versus the fancier Touring or Elite models you build.

Well, when testing vehicles, especially over longer time periods, we try to ensure they best represent what a large percentage of the American population drives. As you know, minivan sales have taken a nosedive in recent years due to the rise of SUVs and CUVs; you’ve added the two-row Passport to your manufacturing lines out there in Lincoln. Still, according to your colleagues in PR, the Odyssey has been the No. 1 retail minivan nameplate in America for the last ten years and captures more than 40 percent of all retail minivan sales. We checked, and both claims seem accurate when you key in on the word retail, as other minivans have sold more units from time to time—but only if you include fleet sales. As for the mid-level EX-L trim, per your spokesperson, it’s “by far the most popular, representing almost 40 percent of sales.” This we can’t independently confirm but have no reason to dispute.

We also can’t dispute the options, because VIN 7577 came with none. We’re not complaining; after reviewing the long list of standard options that come with the as-tested price of $39,635, we’re quite satisfied with all the comfort and convenience amenities, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the dual-power sliding doors, power tailgate, and heated, adjustable front seats (12-way for driver, 8-way for front passenger).

We’ve had a bit of a baby boom at MotorTrend, so several staffers and their families will be testing the Odyssey in ways we haven’t been able to in the past; the multiple seating configurations and LATCH system for securing child safety seats should get a workout, and we’ll definitely be exploring the limits of your stain-resistant surfaces. We would have liked to try living with the onboard vacuum but heard that it’s on hiatus due to a supplier issue.

We’re also interested in exploring the newly updated Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance features, which is now standard on all Odyssey trims, but hopefully not to their fullest extent. We’ve had good experiences with Honda’s adaptive cruise control and lane keep assistance systems in the past, but many have seen other car makers progress in this space.

Despite all the supercars and hot metal we profile online and put on our covers, please know that our staff really digs minivans. Your Odyssey came to us with only 30 miles on the odometer, and even though we’re challenged like a lot of Americans with ongoing closures of business and travel destinations and staying at home in general, we’ve already amassed well over 3,000 miles in just over a month. More on how that happened in coming updates. Watch this space as we begin our odyssey in your Odyssey.

Sincerely, MotorTrend.

SPECIFICATIONS 2021 Honda Odyssey (EX-L) BASE PRICE $39,635 PRICE AS TESTED $39,635 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 8-pass, 4-door van ENGINE 3.5L/280-hp/262-lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,515 lb (55/45%) WHEELBASE 118.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 205.2 x 78.5 x 69.6 in 0-60 MPH 6.7 sec QUARTER MILE 15.1 sec @ 94.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 119 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.75 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.9 sec @ 0.57 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/28/22 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/120 kWh/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.87 lb/mile

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Prologis buys back former Arcadia DC for boohoo letting

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:15
Prologis has bought back the former Arcadia distribution centre in order to let the building to boohoo.
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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat First Test: This SUV Goes Like a Scalded Viper

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:00

Is it wrong that every time we fired up the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, we got a vivid mental image of our entire family screaming while we attacked a decreasing radius off-ramp, a gleeful cackle on our lips as the Dodge’s rear end hung out wide? It takes serious restraint—restraint that we’re not sure we have—not to antagonize passengers with this 710-hp, SUV-shaped mass driver. Or perhaps it would thrill them—your passengers might be more amenable to physics experiments than some of ours. Either way, do everybody a favor and ask first.

Whoever’s in the Durango Hellcat and whatever their interest level in testing the limits, there’s no denying it’s a formidable machine. Maybe absurd is more accurate. It’s not like there’s something novel about the Durango’s mechanicals—it’s standard Hellcat stuff, with an all-wheel-drive system closely related to that in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk—but it feels awfully novel to roll around with the knowledge that this family hauler can run an 11.7-second quarter mile at 117.3 mph. The bizarre juxtaposition of drag-strip prowess and strip-mall practicality makes it all infinitely more entertaining.

The Durango Hellcat never lets you forget it’s not your average mall-crawler. The exterior clearly communicates the Durango’s adrenaline enhancement, its deep basso profundo exhaust note is a movie adventure soundtrack, and it cracks on like you’ve dropped a Mentos into a bottle of carbonated thunder. The 3.4-second run to 60 mph we put down in testing does the thunder metaphor justice, with crackling sound and a furious supercharger whine. This is a three-row SUV that weighs fifty-five hundred and twelve pounds on our scales, yet it will rip to 100 mph in 8.4 seconds.

Even the context you must use to understand the Durango Hellcat’s capabilities is baffling. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? It’s as much as 0.3 second slower to 60 mph. 2016 Dodge Viper ACR? Dead heat. And the Durango’s close to both at the end of the quarter-mile, too. All-wheel drive and excellent launch-control programming play a strong role in converting the Durango Hellcat’s 710 horsepower into forward thrust, admittedly, but that shouldn’t diminish the impressive company this SUV keeps.

Our test team, who’s seen (and measured) it all, isn’t likely to offer praise unless it’s warranted. But the logbook records admiration, praise, and a stark reality: “Wow, this thing is quick,” associate road test editor Erick Ayapana noted. That’s an assessment that even a few minutes of driving on the street confirms wholeheartedly. And yet the fury doesn’t explode forth unless you’ve summoned it with an intentional swat of the throttle. Drive it gently, and it’s a tame big cat, purring all the while.

If there’s one thing that stops the Durango Hellcat (and most Hellcats we’ve tested, actually) from achieving all-around excellence, it’s the brakes. On the street and in testing, on two different examples, all drivers noted uninspired brake performance. The numbers from brake testing aren’t bad—a best stop of 110 feet from 60 mph, right on par with performance SUVs like the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio or the 2020 Audi SQ7, but a long pedal and iffy feel influence driver confidence. On our figure-eight course, road test editor Chris Walton noted that “the brakes are only barely adequate to slow this thing down from the speeds it goes.” In a controlled environment, that’s inconvenient, but when you’re romping on the Durango Hellcat on a fun stretch of road, it can be downright discomforting.

On the skidpad, the Durango Hellcat managed a suitably impressive 0.90 g average, nearly as much lateral grip as, say, a 2020 Subaru WRX (0.92 g). But this is another instance where the skidpad doesn’t tell the whole tale. Running the Durango Hellcat through our figure-eight test, in which its 25.0-second time at an average of 0.77 g almost squeaked by the formidable Stelvio Quadrifoglio, revealed some more unsettling behavior under hard acceleration, in particular a diagonal pogoing motion that may have caused the front wheel to lift. Pair that behavior with the unnerving brake feel, and it’s clear that despite the Durango Hellcat’s abilities, there are clear trade-offs. Even so, the Durango Hellcat proved benign in other respects, offering up only mild understeer and even allowing Walton to coax oversteer on command on the skidpad.

Back on the street, pushed to a lesser degree, the Durango Hellcat’s trade-offs are less apparent. Body motion is extremely well controlled, without the head-toss issues that can affect other tall performance machines. Credit goes to new internal rebound springs in the dampers, which limit body roll without stiffer anti-roll bars. The Durango’s mass is always apparent, but the suspension refinement makes back-road hustling more enjoyable. Nor does it get too unsettled if the road gets choppy mid-turn.

Park to catch your breath and look around the cabin, and there’s good and bad news. Our test vehicle came equipped with the Premium Interior Group, and it does a great job of dressing up the aging bones underlying this recently refreshed cabin. The “forged carbon” interior accents—something most enthusiasts associate with Lamborghini—work hand in hand with the synthetic suede accents and meaty steering wheel to give it the appropriate sporty swagger.As in any six-seat Durango, stretch-out space in the first two rows is quite good, and third-row room is decent enough. Some ergonomic quibbles remain: The instruments are nigh illegible, and the phone charging pad doesn’t corral a device nearly well enough to prevent it from flying away during enthusiastic driving.

The thrust, though, never gets old. Imagine a lowly Durango SRT 392 with a quartet of JATO bottles hung off the flanks, and you’ll get the idea. With great power comes great responsibility, however—the responsibility to watch the fuel needle, which appears to plummet before your eyes as the supercharger crams air and gas into the engine at a frenetic pace. Its EPA rating of 12/17/13 mpg city/highway/combined must have been achieved by black magic, as the Durango’s cluster never indicated more than 9 mpg in mixed driving. Yes, there was a fair share of full-throttle romping … but who’s superhuman enough to resist the Hellcat’s thrust all the time?

No one. For better or worse, the Durango Hellcat is all about being big: big numbers, big thirst, big utility, and a big price tag: $82,490 to start and $88,470 as tested. Find another three-row SUV that can outperform the Durango Hellcat for less and you’ve found a hell of a deal. And, sadly, that’s what you’ll have to do. The Durango Hellcat is a one-model-year-only affair, and all 2,000 examples sold out back in January. Don’t expect to get a deal on the secondhand market, either. For the lucky few who secured one of their own, enjoy the tail-out shenanigans, but please secure the approval of your passengers—and your phone—beforehand.

2021 Dodge Durango 4 SRT Hellcat BASE PRICE $82,490 PRICE AS TESTED $88,470 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 6-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 6.2L/710-hp/645-lb-ft supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,512 lb (55/45%) WHEELBASE 119.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 201.0 x 76.4 x 72.1 in 0-60 MPH 3.4 sec QUARTER MILE 11.7 sec @ 117.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.90 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.77 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 12/17/13 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 281/198 kWh/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.40 lb/mile

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Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD refills the fountain of youth

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:00
When we first drove it on the track, we wondered out loud whether a car like the 2021 Toyota Avalon really needed the TRD sport-sedan treatment. The Avalon's prime directive has always been to coddle its passengers in a cocoon of sound deadening and sensory deprivation, without costing them too much: Lexus lite. That began to change with the last...
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Tritax to develop 550,000 sq ft Glasgow shed for HarperCollins’ relocation

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:16
Tritax Symmetry has agreed terms with HarperCollins to develop a 550,000 sq ft warehouse near Glasgow for the publisher’s relocation.
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First look at new Frasers store

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:59
The UK’s first new Frasers store will open its doors to the public next week.
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Frasers anticipates £200m hit on property values

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:47
Frasers Group has warned it could take a hit “in excess of” £200m on its properties due to covid restrictions, double its estimate in February.
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Hibernia announces net zero carbon commitment by 2030

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:33
Hibernia REIT has committed to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.
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Shock as Scottish first home fund runs out of steam

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:23
Housing leaders have expressed disappointment after the Scottish government’s £60m scheme to help first-time buyers has closed applications just five days after reopening.
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