LaSalle Investment Management sells Northolt Retail Park to Aitch Group for £11m

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LaSalle Investment Management has sold Northolt Retail Park in Harrow to Aitch Group for £11m.
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2020 Lexus NX

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The 2020 Lexus NX is a stylish five-seat crossover SUV that slots in size-wise between most of its rivals. With its docile personality and quality -- if cramped -- interior, the 2020 NX rates 6.0 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2020 NX can be had in base, F Sport, and Luxury trim levels, with most versions available...
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Quintain names James Saunders as Angus Dodd’s successor

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Quintain, the developer behind Wembley Park, has appointed James Saunders as its chief executive replacing Angus Dodd.
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REDD snaps up 7 Charles Street and secures planning permission for £10m duplex

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Monaco-based residential developer REDD has acquired 7 Charles Street in Mayfair and obtained planning permission to create a new £10m duplex residence as it continues to execute its luxury residential plan.
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Canopius pre-lets two floors at 22 Bishopsgate

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AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has added another tenant at 22 Bishopsgate having agreed a pre-let on two floors with insurance group Canopius.
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Canopius signs pre-pet for two floors at 22 Bishopsgate

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AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has added another tenant at 22 Bishopsgate having agreed a pre-let on two floors with insurance group Canopius.
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L&G appoints Capco director as it prepares for £750m affordable homes push

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Legal & General Affordable Homes is to pump £750m into new affordable housing projects across the UK, increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes, across 41 schemes.
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Candy eyes bid for Capco

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Residential property tycoon Nick Candy has confirmed he has joined forces with Saudi Aradia’s Public Investment Fund to launch a bid for Earls Court and Covent Garden owner Capital & Counties (Capco).
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Knight Frank reports dip in turnover and profits

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Knight Frank has reported a dip in both turnover and profits in annual results.
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Industrial real estate funds on course to raise $6.4bn (£5bn) this year

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Global industrial real estate funds are expected to raise in 2019, which would be a leap of 120% compared with $2.9bn in 2018, according to Cambridge Associates.
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2020 Toyota C-HR

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The 2020 Toyota C-HR doesn’t toe the company line like its showroom stablemates. Across the floor sits the comparatively conventional Corolla hatchback and RAV4 crossover, between which the C-HR slots with its funky looks and quirky personality. Fun fact: Underneath, all three are pretty much the same car. We rate the 2020 C-HR at 5.5 out of...
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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 13:56
The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is an immense SUV with serious four-wheel-drive capability, with an off-road heritage unmatched by most rivals. It’s not exceptionally well-suited to urban or even suburban life, but that’s part of this big 4x4’s charm. We rate it 5.4 out of 10, a score earned by a combination of its spacious...
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Problem Solved: How Volkswagen Improved Our 2018 Atlas SE’s Turning Radius

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 09:00

Everyone loves a good mystery. The quagmire of why our long-term Atlas had the turning radius of a Greyhound bus frustrated me from the first time I tried to make a U-turn. Unfortunately, without any point of reference, I chalked up the Atlas’ lack of agility to the fact that it’s a large three-row SUV. But once I got behind the wheel of another Atlas, that experience shed light on the fact that not all was what it should be with our long-termer.

It turns out, we were right. After multiple visits to our local Volkswagen dealer could not remedy the situation, VW North America asked us to relinquish the keys for a week to see if they could diagnose the problem. What they found, according to our helpful VW PR contact, was that a prior to the Atlas joining the MotorTrend long-term fleet, “a replacement steering rack was fitted to the car and the correct software wasn’t implemented when the change was made.”

Along with a fresh set of tires, the implementation of the correct software made all of the difference in the world. Although we didn’t retest the retuned Atlas with our GPS testing equipment, I can tell you that our Atlas now feels like it turns and steers like the other Atlas SUVs I’ve driven. Along with the significantly improved turning circle, I think the overall steering feel has been improved, too. Then again, knowing that something has been fixed may be making me think that it feels better—after racking up over 25,000 miles with it being out of calibration, it sure feels better to me.

With my year with the Atlas ending, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I spent the better part of a year driving and evaluating the big VW with a fairly significant issue that affected my daily experience with it. With the short time I have remaining with the Atlas, I need to put more miles on it and take a hard look at the overall opinion I’ve formed.

Before our Atlas leaves, I recently had a chance to drive the new Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride (read the comparison here). Although both three-row crossovers offer a lot when it comes to comfort and the way they drive, they can’t hold a flame to the Atlas’ ability to swallow cargo. With the second and third rows stowed, the Atlas’ cavernous cabin can hold 96.8 cubic feet of stuff, more than the Telluride’s 87.0 cubic feet and the Palisade’s 86.4 cubic feet.

Read more about our long-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE:

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007 Aston Martin DBS Designed by Daniel Craig Costs $700,007

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 02:10

If you have money to burn, treat yourself to this ultimate in James Bond gadgets: a stunning Aston Martin DBS Superleggera designed by the latest 007, Daniel Craig. There’s no word on what Daniel Craig did to “design” this particular car, but the inky-blue beast is being offered in a run of just seven units, and each costs $700,007. Every example comes with a limited-edition, all-platinum Omega Seamaster Diver 300m.

The pricey stocking-stuffer is one of the latest “Fantasy Gifts” offered in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Bond’s wheels join other presents for tony tastes including a Neiman Marcus–edition Moët & Chandon vending machine for $35,000, a Versace punching bag for $1,550, and a more affordable Bey Berk cigar humidor for $165.

The DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that delivers 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. It doesn’t include any fun gadgets like a passenger-seat ejector, but it’ll help you get away from baddies with a 0–62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

The Omega timepiece features a hand-engraved case back, and the bundle also includes tickets to the world premiere of the latest Bond movie, No Time to Die. Neiman Marcus states that 12 percent (or a minimum of $330,000) of the total proceeds from the Aston will be donated to The Opportunity Network, a business-matchmaking organization—one that appears to have no ties with Spectre, as far as we can tell.

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Saleen GT4 Race Car Debuts With 450 HP and a $225K Price Tag

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 23:20

Saleen is no stranger to GT racing, and its latest offering aims to bring the competition experience to drivers of varying skill levels. The company on Thursday in Las Vegas revealed its GT4 concept race car, based on the Saleen 1 (a.k.a. the Saleen S1) and intended to compete in SRO Motorsport Group’s GT4 series. Saleen plans to build the cars in Corona, California, beginning in November, and will open them to customer orders once SRO homologates the model for competition.

Saleen revealed the turbocharged race car during a press conference and demonstration event held at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and it said it designed its GT4 to compete in various series around the world as well as with SRO. The GT4 concept is based on the racing version of the Saleen 1, which debuted in the 2019 Saleen Cup single-make arrive-and-drive series. The GT4 boasts changes from the standard production Saleen 1, including updates designed to comply with GT4 series specifications.

The GT4 concept features updates to its front splitter and fenders, plus a new rear diffuser to improve aerodynamics. Per GT4 specifications, a large rear wing adds downforce. The concept car also offers front and rear ABS and other GT4-specific equipment.

With its turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 450 horsepower, plus carbon-fiber bodywork covering the mid-engine chassis, the GT4 version has plenty of potential to deliver one rip-roaring fun experience on racetracks. It won’t be cheap, but few race cars are: Each GT4 will start at $225,000.

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Refreshing or Revolting: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 22:06

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe answers a question no one asked: What would a BMW competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class look like? Slotting below the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe rides on a front-drive-based platform shared with the X1 and X2. For the U.S., the 2 Series Gran Coupe will only come with all-wheel drive.

Upon first glance, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe borrows its front end design from the X2. The twin-kidney grille and headlight clusters are the same shape as in the crossover, giving it a familiar appearance. Compared to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a chunkier look thanks to its rounded appearance. More differences become apparent when you see the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s side profile. Its roofline doesn’t descend as quickly as the CLA’s, giving it more glass area and a shorter, liftback-like rear end. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, on the other hand, has a longer rear deck, making it more obvious that it’s a sedan.

Out back, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe takes cues from recently revealed BMW vehicles including the thin taillight strips and faux air vents in the lower rear fascia. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class also has a similar taillight design but the air vents on the lower part are shorter. Its rear end is also rounded versus the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s squared off rear.

Step inside and you’ll immediately notice that the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe’s interior looks similar to the recently revealed 3 Series sedan. It features a large 10.25-inch touchscreen and the same horizontal dash as nearly every BMW model. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a less conventional design with two displays instead of a traditional layout. On the center console, the Mercedes has a touchpad and the electronic gear selector has been mounted on the steering column instead for a cleaner look. BMW’s center console retains the iDrive knob surrounded by buttons, an electronic shifter, and a row of buttons including the stop/start button to the left of it.

When it goes on sale, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be available in 228i and M235i flavors. Both will come standard with all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission will be the only powertrain available. In the 228i, it makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the M235i produces 301 hp and 332 lb-ft.

Pricing for the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe should start just below $40,000 for the base 228i, with the M235i coming in higher than that. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class starts at $37,645 for a base front-drive CLA 250 while all-wheel drive adds $2,000 more. Unlike the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has two performance-oriented models a 302-hp AMG CLA 35 and a more potent 382-hp AMG CLA 45.

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Nearly 150 Collector Cars Seized in an FBI Raid Head to Auction

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 21:07

In December 2018, federal agents from the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service raided the offices of DC Solar and the home of company founders Paulette and Jeff Carpoff, exposing the supposed maker of solar-powered generators and light towers for an $800-million-plus Ponzi scheme. Started in 2008, DC Solar attracted investments from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Progressive insurance. The company brought in $810 million in total, $340 million of which came from Berkshire Hathaway. Now, almost a year after the FBI showed up at the Carpoffs’ 4,100-square-foot California mansion, 149 collector cars seized during the raid are going up for auction.

So if you thought auction season was over, you thought wrong. As it turns out, the hottest (in more ways than one) car auction of 2019 has yet to take place. The auction is set for October 26 in Woodland, California, near Sacramento. The entire collection is valued at more than $6 million, and there’s a lot to pick from. We’ve narrowed the field down to the 15 best cars on the list. If you ever wanted a car with a rap sheet, this is your chance. Check out our picks below.

1993 AM General Hummer

There are actually four Hummers for sale next weekend, all of which are H1s and one of which doesn’t start. The Hummer H1 was essentially a military M998 HUMVEE that was modified by AM General for civilian use. Production started in 1991 and the H1 was built until 2006. Fun fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first two H1s that came off the production line.

1964 Austin Mini Cooper

The current Mini Cooper isn’t really “mini” anymore, but this Austin Mini, originally designed as a compact city car for a bustling 1960s Britain, is true to the name. This Mark 1 Mini has just 10,000 miles on the clock, but the listing on the website reads “Start?: Yes, but difficult.” Are there any master Mini mechanics out there who want to take a look?

2017 Cadillac CTS-V

At MotorTrend we’re big fans of the last CTS-V. In 2018 the Alpha platform-based CTS won MotorTrend’s coveted Car of the Year award. Even though the CTS is out of production, the CTS-V is still one of the most powerful and best handling big sedans in the business.

1939 Cadillac Limousine

There are plenty of good American cars on the docket for next weekend’s auction, but if you’re looking for something extra patriotic this 1939 Cadillac Limousine with two American flags on the front is the perfect car for you. Not to mention it’s one of the most unique vehicles featured here.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

The second-generation Chevelle was redesigned with new front and rear bumpers, Coke-bottle hips, and most importantly a longer hood. It looked tough. It was also the perfect size to accompany a massive engine swap, and it looks like this car has had an LS motor dropped right into it. No details are given on which LS motor it is, but this retro-modern Chevy mashup has us excited.

1969 Chevrolet El Camino

There are plenty of reasons to want this sweet El Camino. First of all, it’s got a killer almost-British-Racing-Green paint job. It’s got what looks to be a modern engine. It’s basically a second-generation Chevelle with a truck bed. Not only that, but it’s only got 1,020 miles on the odometer. It might be one of the cleanest El Caminos on sale right now—or at least the cleanest one formerly owned by a millionaire scam artist.

1935 Chrysler Airflow

Manufactured for just four years, the Airflow was one of the first cars that took aerodynamics seriously, hence the name. It also ditched the ladder-frame chassis that was popular at the time and stretched the wheelbase of the common American sedan to give a better ride and stability at speed. It was marketed as “the first real motor car since the invention of the automobile” because of all the innovations that were baked in. These cars are rare, too. Less than 30,000 were made over the course of its four-year run.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

This might be the strangest way to get your hands on a Demon. As you’re probably well aware, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a one-year-only drag racing special that packed an 840-hp version of the Hellcat’s motor and was able to run a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds. Just 3,300 units were made, and used examples are still trading hands for well over the original $84,995 base asking price. This one is apparently no different; as of this writing, it already has an $83,000 bid on it.

1969 Dodge Daytona/1970 Plymouth Superbirds

This 1969 Dodge Daytona is joined by three Plymouth Superbirds on the docket. The Dodge Daytona and the Superbird were the fastest muscle cars of their day. The Daytona was the first car to do more than 200 mph during a NASCAR race. The Superbird is the car the Daytona essentially birthed. The Plymouth got numerous changes based on lessons learned during the Daytona’s NASCAR run. Hard to go wrong with any of these if you’re looking for a cool piece of muscle car royalty.

2002 Dodge Viper RT-10

The Carpoffs apparently had a thing for good old American muscle, and even this 2002 Dodge Viper made its way into their garage. Infamous for being a little too hot to handle, we still think this Viper would make a sweet addition to any enthusiast’s garage.

1973 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 will no longer be sold in America. That was the declaration made by FCA this past August. As sad as that may be, the original 500 is still one of the cutest little cars ever made, and this red example is extremely clean. Small cars like the 500 and the Mini represent back-to-basics-driving, and all for one heck of a low price, too.

1967 Ford Mustang GT

This 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” clone is one of the coolest cars on this list. If you grew up watching 2000’s Gone In 60 Seconds, this is the perfect Mustang for you. It’s only got 1,600 miles on the clock, too. So it’s just waiting to be driven.

2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

This isn’t just another Shelby GT500. It’s THE Shelby GT500. This is the only car Carroll Shelby personally OK’d to wear the white racing stripes. It also included one-of-a-kind memorabilia signed by both Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford when it was new, and they’re still in the car. Check the photos to see the autographed monroney sitting pretty in the trunk. Jeff Carpoff paid $1 million for it at an auction in 2017 and it’s currently going for just over $30,000. Talk about depreciation…

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

What happens when Jaguar’s Engineered to Order division get their hands on the already special Jaguar XKR-S? You’re left with the lighter, harder-riding, and even more capable XKR-S GT, of course. We liked this car when we tested it in 2014, and as of this writing the winning bid for this example is just $40,025. That’s one heck of a deal.

1961 Volkswagen Beetle

The original people’s car, the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche, and one of the best-selling cars ever made, the Volkswagen Beetle is a bona-fide automotive icon. The VW Beetle had the longest production run of any model, with more than 21 million units built between 1938 and 2010—easily making it one of the most influential cars of all time. Want a piece of automotive history that actually runs? This is your chance.

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Test Drive Video: The Biggest and Baddest

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:31

The Dodge Challenger doesn’t compete with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. The pony car proletariat may protest, but hear me out. As the Camaro gets lighter and sharper with track-focused 1LE versions and Ford develops high-revving flat-plane V-8s and carbon-fiber–wheeled GT500s, those cars are chasing a different audience than a car like the Challenger.

Dodge’s take on the modern muscle car is bigger, heavier, more comfortable, and more audacious than those cars—the Challenger is its own thing. And the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is the most Challenger-ish Challenger Dodge will challenge you to buy.

I remember (figuratively) soiling my pants when Dodge announced the original Challenger Hellcat with “just” 707 angry supercharged horses. Apparently, five years down the line, Dodge decided the ancient Challenger platform needed even more.

The Redeye treatment grants the Challenger an ever-so-slightly detuned version of the engine in the drag-race special Dodge Demon. It makes a truly absurd 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque in the Redeye, which also gains some of the Demon’s trick drag racing technology. But it’s the Widebody permutation that crowns this specific Challenger as Dodge’s performance patriarch.

Huge swollen fenders are the most obvious visual tell but the changes don’t stop there. Wider tires, bigger front brakes, stiffer anti-roll bars, and a competition-tuned adaptive suspension round out the changes and transmogrify the aging muscle car into the best possible version of itself.

Just watch Jethro giggle as he drives the thing.

Check out the video above to watch our own Jethro Bovingdon behind the wheel of a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody on the mountain roads of Southern California!

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What's new for Audi, Hyundai's large drift machine, Polestar 2 vs. XC40 Recharge: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:56
What’s new for 2020: Audi The luxury automaker added two wagons to its A6 lineup and will keep the TT around for another year. What do you get from a connected car app? Connected car apps are becoming more common and more functional in new cars, and automakers such as Ford are making these convenient apps free. NHTSA finally plans to get...
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Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Makes Van Life More Exciting

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:41

Vans are awesome—they haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? That’s exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didn’t just give it a couple go fast bits and pieces, this iMax got the full N treatment. Say hello to the Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus, the eight-passenger, rear-drive machine that’ll happily go sideways.

Normally, the Hyundai iMax is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel I-4. That wasn’t enough so Hyundai Australia ditched that in favor of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 good for 300 kW and 550 nm of torque, that’s 402 hp and 409 lb-ft. The engine comes paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission developed in house by Hyundai. It also comes with a limited-slip differential and a dual-mode active exhaust system just like the i30 N and Veloster N.

Like other N models, the iMax N has electronically-controlled dampers, upgraded brakes, and 19-inch alloy wheels taken straight out of the i30 N with the performance package. Hyundai says that the i30 N gets 50/50 weight distribution with eight occupants. Inside, the iMax N gets a unique steering wheel, sport seats, second- and third-row bench seats, and leather and suede upholstery. It’s even sporting Hyundai N’s signature performance blue exterior color, a body kit, a triangle-shaped center rear brake light, and red stripes.

Unfortunately, the Hyundai iMax N won’t make it to production. Last year, Hyundai Australia created a one-off Santa Fe cabriolet, which was essentially a standard Santa Fe with its roof chopped off so a photographer can take a top down shot of the whole cabin.

Check out the video below for all the sideways van action.

Source: Hyundai

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