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Bailie Gifford signs Edinburgh pre-let

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 56 min ago
Investment management firm Bailie Gifford has pre-let all 60,000 sq ft of office space at Chris Stewart Group (CSG) and Hines’ 20 West Register Street in Edinburgh.
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Suge Knight Won't Be Able to Attend His Mother's Funeral

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 1 min ago
The incarcerated hip-hop mogul been banned from landing a temporary prison reprieve.
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Jack Wills takes Sheffield shed

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 2 min ago
British clothing brand Jack Wills has leased a new 390,000 sq ft warehouse at Clearbell Capital’s Parkway Works in Sheffield.
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Michael Rapaport Stopped Man From Opening Emergency Door on Plane

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 8 min ago
'Crew and staff where all in the back of the plane so nobody was looking out for our safety except Mr. New York,' a fellow passenger tweets about the actor.
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Report: Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi-Wan in 'Star Wars 9'

Ace show biz movies - 10 hours 12 min ago
The 'Beauty and the Beast' actor reportedly reprises his role as Obi-Wan as he secretly shooting some scenes for the next 'Star Wars' movie directed by J.J. Abrams.
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Countrywide shares fall 20% on profit warning

BBC Money News Feed - 10 hours 17 min ago
The UK's largest estate agent group, Countrywide, expects lower profits amid a "subdued" market.
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Countrywide shares fall 20% on profit warning

BBC Business News - 10 hours 17 min ago
The UK's largest estate agent group, Countrywide, expects lower profits amid a "subdued" market.
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Countrywide shares fall 20% on profit warning

BBC Business News Feed - 10 hours 17 min ago
The UK's largest estate agent group, Countrywide, expects lower profits amid a "subdued" market.
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BBC Business News Feed: Countrywide shares fall 20% on profit warning

Business Now Mag - 10 hours 17 min ago
The UK's largest estate agent group, Countrywide, expects lower profits amid a "subdued" market.
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China stimulus; Turkey reaction; Oil after OPEC

CNN News Feed - 10 hours 22 min ago
1. China stimulus: China is freeing up more than $100 billion to help its economy, which is facing fears of a slowdown and an escalating trade war.
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Johnny Depp Denied Bid to Delay Lawsuit Against Former Managers

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 26 min ago
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star went to war with The Management Group's (TMG) Joel and Robert Mandel last year, seeking $25 million in damages for fraud and negligence.
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Countrywide unveils capital restructure after profits plunge

Property Week News Feed - 10 hours 29 min ago
Shares in estate agent giant Countrywide have plunged after the group announced plans to raise fresh equity and issued a profit warning.
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Shawn Mendes Teases About Him Being Hellraiser in Couple of Years

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 36 min ago
The 'In My Blood' crooner jokes that he may be gone wild in a couple of years.
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This Is How 'Avengers: Infinity War' Stars Discovered the Shocking Ending

Ace show biz movies - 10 hours 54 min ago
Star Elizabeth Olsen reveals she and her co-stars all learned the fate of their characters from directors Joe and Anthony Russo at the same time on set.
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BET Awards 2018: Nicki Minaj Delivers Sexy Performance, Meek Mill Debuts New Song

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 10 hours 56 min ago
While the female emcee belts out sultry rendition of 'Chun-Li' and 'Rich Sex', her ex-boyfriend receives standing ovation for his emotional performance of 'Stay Woke'.
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Royal Wedding Bishop Reveals Moment He Knew Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are in Love

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 59 min ago
'They look at each other, and their love brought the rest of us together,' 65-year-old bishop Michael Curry says of the royal couple who wed on May 19.
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Car Compare: 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2018 Kia Soul

Motortrend News Feed - 11 hours 21 min ago

An attractive SUV-like design and affordable pricing has propelled the Kia Soul to the top of the automaker’s sales charts for years. But before you drive away in a new Soul with a color-contrasting roof, consider the Nissan Kicks. Both tall-roofed hatchbacks have relatively spacious interiors and call themselves SUVs yet don’t offer all-wheel drive. The two cars are also incredibly affordable for new cars, with base prices well under $20,000.

Keep reading to find out how they match up in a few categories.

Go Ahead, Customize It—Advantage: Tie

The Kia Soul and Nissan Kicks elevate themselves above most cheap cars with their availability of two-tone paint jobs. Grab a mid-level Soul in the Plus trim and Kia offers a $400 package with white exterior paint over red side-view mirrors and roof, or red over black. Nissan offers similar packages with pricing from $150 to $545 for red over black, gray over orange, orange over black, and the blue over white of our tester that reminded a couple people of police cars.

For a more dedicated customizer, Nissan offers the Color Studio, offering a number of exterior and interior parts that are orderable in different colors.

MPG—Advantage: Kicks Read our 2018 Nissan Kicks First Test review here.

With just 125 hp and a low curb weight, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is one of the most efficient sub-$25,000 cars available today. With an EPA-rating of 31/36 mpg city/highway, it easily beats all three engines of the Kia Soul (besides the electric option). The non-EV Souls with automatic transmissions get 25-26/30-31 mpg, meaning the most efficient Soul is getting on the highway what the Kicks manages in the city. Because of the Kicks’ small 10.8-gallon fuel tank, however, the Soul stretches one tank of gas farther on a long highway road trip.

Outta My Way—Advantage: Soul

The tradeoff for the Kicks’ excellent EPA-rated fuel economy is a Motor-Trend tested 0–60 mph time of 9.7 seconds. In normal driving, the Kicks is easy to drive, but if the ability to quickly pass other cars is important to you, consider the Soul Plus or Exclaim. Skip past the base Soul’s 130 hp engine to the 161-hp Plus model for a 0–60 time of about 8.3 seconds. Move up to the $23,795 Soul Exclaim for a more fun-to-drive experience and 201 hp.

Safety—Advantage: Tie

This is a tough category to evaluate, as the NHTSA and IIHS tell us that the 2018 Nissan Kicks isn’t currently on their safety-testing schedule. However, Nissan offers automatic emergency braking on every Kicks, down to the basiest of base models.

It’s a different story at Kia. Although the automaker’s automatic emergency braking system performed well in IIHS tests, it’s only available on the Soul Plus with a couple packages that bring the car’s cost to $27,295. The Kia makes up ground with its five-star overall NHTSA safety rating (out of a possible five stars) as well as the fact that it was positively rated in almost every IIHS safety test.

Ooooh, Look at That!—Advantage: Soul

When it comes to premium features that surprise and delight, the Nissan Kicks and Kia Soul both have cool options. At Nissan, the Bose sound system with two speakers inside the driver’s headrest so impressed features editor Scott Evans that he said the system sounded better than what you get in a $180,000 Bentley Bentayga. That’s genuinely cool, but when it comes to features no one needs on a small hatchback, how about color-changing speakers that pulsate to the beat of your music? Or a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and power front seats? If you can extend your budget past $25,000, the Kia offers a number of interesting options.

But What If I Have a Tight Budget?—Advantage: Kicks

This is a close one, but we’ll give the nod to the Nissan. For $18,965, the base Kicks S includes automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen. With the Kia, start by asking yourself whether you’re ready to buy a new car in 2018 without a rearview camera. If not, a base-model Soul with an automatic transmission and a rearview camera comes with the Convenience package that also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. For that content—and, of course, Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty—the MSRP is $19,895. Not bad, but consider all the money you’ll save with the Kicks’ superior fuel economy (click on “Personalize” on this EPA page), and the Kicks comes out ahead.

So, Which One?

Although I prefer the Kia’s styling, considering how much time I spend in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I would prefer the Kicks’ fuel economy to the Soul’s better acceleration with its two top gas engines. If I had $25,000-$28,000 to spend, I’d probably get a loaded Soul Plus, which includes an impressive number of features—including a few the Kicks doesn’t offer at any price, including heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and power front seats. If my budget were tighter than that, I’d take a much closer look at the Kicks.

The post Car Compare: 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2018 Kia Soul appeared first on Motor Trend.

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2018 Nissan Kicks SR First Test: Trusting the Right Numbers

Motortrend News Feed - 11 hours 22 min ago

If you think 125 hp isn’t enough grunt for a subcompact crossover like the 2018 Nissan Kicks, take a step back to see the bigger (or smaller) picture. With an as-tested curb weight of just 2,643 pounds, the affordable Kicks is far lighter and more efficient than its competitors. Whether you consider the Kicks a crossover-wannabe hatchback or a genuine entry-level crossover, the Nissan is compelling for the right type of buyer. We tested a loaded $22,630 Kicks SR to determine just how competitive a 125 hp Kicks could possibly be compared to other sub-$25,000 subcompact crossovers and hatchbacks.

Although the 2018 Nissan Kicks isn’t currently on the safety-testing schedule of the NHTSA or IIHS, we appreciate that automatic emergency braking is standard on every trim.

Like the popular Kia Soul and bonkers Toyota C-HR, the Kicks doesn’t offer all-wheel drive—so if you live in the Snow Belt, you’ll want to buy winter tires. With the charming Juke gone from Nissan’s lineup, the Kicks is the automaker’s entry-level crossover. When the Rogue Sport is too expensive and the Versa Note doesn’t satisfy your need for SUV-like styling, Nissan hopes you’ll consider the Kicks. All Kicks trims are powered by a 125-hp 1.6-liter naturally aspirated I-4 with 115 lb-ft of torque. That’s less horsepower than almost all of the Nissan’s competitors, but the Kicks’ lighter weight puts the car back in the race.

A 0–60 mph time of 9.7 seconds will sound lazy to those who haven’t driven some of the Kicks’ front-drive competition. A 2015 Chevrolet Trax got to 60 in 9.3 seconds, but the 2018 C-HR took 10.3 seconds, and the three-cylinder 2018 Ford EcoSport made it to 60 in a noisy 10.7 seconds. On the road, the Kicks’ standard CVT makes the Nissan feel a little jumpy at first if you apply too much throttle, after which it eventually gets you to the speed you want. As with most vehicles in this class—the Kia Soul and Mazda CX-3 are two exceptions—passing takes time and planning. Around town, the CVT provides the smooth shift-less performance for which the automatic transmission is known, but it does simulate gear shifts if you’re driving aggressively. No paddle shifters or Sport transmission mode are available, but the Low gear on the shift stalk comes in handy when you want to slow down using engine braking instead of the actual brakes.

The engine makes noise when you’re hustling, but the tires keep surprisingly quiet around curves. The Kicks never feels like it wants to play, but the steering is well-weighted and, as we noted in our First Drive review, there’s some steering feel relative to the competition. On our figure-eight test, which tracks driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking, cornering, and the transitions between them, the 2018 Kicks SR turned in a time of 28.4 seconds at 0.56 g (average), performance that’s on par with the C-HR, Trax, and EcoSport. About the Kicks, road test editor Chris Walton said that turn-in is crisp, and that “there’s good balance with a whiff of understeer. Steering actually has some feel and heft to in on the skidpad.” A 2015 Kia Soul with the mid-level 2.0-liter I-4, however, blows away the Kicks in acceleration (8.3 seconds to 60) and figure-eight testing, taking 27.9 seconds and holding on at 0.75 g (average).

The 2018 Nissan Kicks SR completed 60–0 mph braking in 126 feet. That’s a little on the long side, but still class-competitive.

What no new Kia Soul can offer is EPA-rated fuel economy anywhere near the Kicks. In fact, the Kicks’ 31/36 mpg city/highway beats every crossover or crossover-like hatch in this price range. And although the Kicks’ on-paper rear-seat legroom and cargo specs won’t impress, check it out in person—it might feel more spacious than you expect, even if the rear doors don’t open as conveniently wide as the HR-V. Another point for the HR-V: Unlike the Honda, the Kicks’ rear headrests don’t slide out of the way when they’re not being used, compromising visibility. Otherwise, the Kicks benefits from decent sightlines front and rear.

Although the HR-V has a suspension on the harsher side, the Kicks’ suspension provides excellent ride quality over harsh pavement. You shouldn’t need to brace yourself over every road imperfection or freeway expansion joint—though you’ll probably hear them. Inside, our 2018 Kicks SR tester looked impressively decked-out for a $22,630 car. Sure, the door panels are mostly hard black plastic, but there are positive spots, too. Most vehicles at this price won’t offer the Kicks’ 7.0-inch instrument cluster display included on Kicks SVs and SRs (complete with a tire pressure monitoring system with readouts for every tire), or the leather-like material on the passenger side of the dash and the similar material on either side of the center console. Four control knobs (volume, tuning, air temperature, and air flow level) keep things straightforward, though I wish the center-stack touchscreen was mounted higher for better visibility. The Kicks lacks a covered center console storage area, but the driver does get an armrest on the right side. In back, it’d be cool if rear-seat passengers had a central armrest that folds out of the middle rear seat … but did we mention the Kicks starts at just $18,965?

Pricing is key to understanding the Kicks’ appeal. A base 2018 Kicks S still has automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, a CVT (make sure to add an automatic transmission to your online builds of subcompacts offering a manual transmission) and a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. Features editor Scott Evans suggests in our First Drive review of the Kicks to go for the mid-grade SV model, which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 17-inch alloy wheels (instead of the S’ 16-inch steel wheels with covers), a proximity key with push-button start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and that 7.0-inch instrument cluster display. For $20,665—if you consider the Kicks a front-drive crossover—it’s a great value for the money.

Personally, I would go one level up, spending $600 more for the SR trim. The Kicks SR gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED low-beam headlights, and Nissan’s version of a surround-view multi-camera visibility system. If you’ve ever pulled into a parking space and wondered whether you should pull up a couple more feet or whether you’re centered in the space, this system can help. The SR costs $21,265, and if you really want to splurge, a $1,000 Premium package adds leatherette seats and the superb Bose sound system with two speakers in the driver’s headrest (our tester added to that total a neat $150 two-tone paint job and $215 floor mats).

Let’s be honest, no one needs a crossover-like vehicle such as the Kicks; you want it. If you’re looking to save some money, Nissan offers cheaper and more basic A-to-B transportation in the form of the Versa Note hatch and Sentra sedan. But if you want a bit more design personality, and far better interior style and finish, the Kicks is worth investigating.

At $21,265, a Kicks SR comes in around $2,000 cheaper than a front-drive, automatic-transmission Honda HR-V EX, another spacious option that looks more like a crossover. At least for the 2018 model year, however, the Honda lacks LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, but does offer all-wheel drive and an electric parking brake with the very convenient auto-brake-hold feature. The other car to consider is the Kia Soul. If its sub-par fuel economy doesn’t bother you, the front-drive-only Soul also offers cool exterior customization options, and is much quicker with its mid-level engine.

Then again, maybe you don’t care about quick acceleration. Maybe your current car has a Sport mode you touched once, and that was by accident as you reached for something else. If you fall in that camp and don’t need all-wheel drive, the ultra-efficient Kicks is no slower than the average subcompact crossover, and offers a ton of content for not a ton of money.

Also considering the Kia Soul? Find out how the Kicks matches up to the Soul right here. 2018 Nissan Kicks SR BASE PRICE $21,265 PRICE AS TESTED $22,630 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE 1.6L/125-hp/115-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2,643 lb (61/39%) WHEELBASE 103.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 169.1 x 69.3 x 62.4 in 0-60 MPH 9.7 sec QUARTER MILE 17.5 sec @ 79.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 126 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.83 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.4 sec @ 0.56 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 31/36/33 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 109/94 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.59 lb/mile

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Soho House-backed Arena 8 takes West End space

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 52 min ago
A fitness group backed by senior figures from Soho House Group has signed for space at 65 Kingsway in London’s West End, Property Week can reveal.
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Terra Firma eyes IWG takeover

Property Week News Feed - 11 hours 53 min ago
Office space provider IWG has confirmed it has received a takeover bid from private equity company Terra Firma.
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