Carter Jonas creates German partnership

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:06
Consultancy Carter Jonas has formed a new strategic alliance with German Property Partners (GPP), one of the country’s leading independent real estate advisors, to target cross-border investment, agency and corporate real estate work.
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Self-driving Uber car in Arizona hits, kills bicyclist

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:57
A self-driving car being tested in suburban Phoenix hit and killed a woman on Sunday, in the first reported fatality between an autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian. The Uber test vehicle, a Volvo XC90, reportedly hit a female cyclist outside of a crosswalk in Tempe, Arizona. According to Tempe police, the XC90 had a driver behind the wheel but was...
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Volkswagen Previews I.D. R Pikes Peak Race Car

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:30

In these new renderings, Volkswagen previews the race car it hopes will set a new record for electric cars at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place June 24 in Colorado.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak is Volkswagen’s first entry into the hill climb race since 1987. That year, it raced a twin-engine Golf which didn’t quite make it to the end of the 12.4-mile course. The route begins at just above 9,000 feet and climbs all the way to 14,115 feet at the summit.

VW hasn’t released powertrain details, but the four-wheel-drive car will have to be quick enough to beat a time of 8:57.118 minutes if it wants a shot at being king of the mountain. That prototype class record was set by Rhys Millen in 2016.

“We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” said Frank Welsch, VW board member responsible for development, in a release. “Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”

The front lights and other styling cues are reminiscent of those found on other electric cars in the I.D. family. Volkswagen will launch the first non-racing model, a hatchback, in 2019 followed by a crossover in 2020. A new version of the Microbus is coming in 2022 along with a sedan. In total, the VW brand plans to offer more than 20 battery electric cars by 2025.

Source: Volkwagen

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270,000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks recalled over wintry market rust concerns

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:30
Wintry roads covered in snow-melting salt may cause metal straps used to attach fuel tanks onto Dodge and Ram 1500 pickups to corrode and cease doing their jobs, which has prompted FCA to issue a recall to rectify the issue. The recall affects 270,254 2009-2012 Dodge and Ram 1500 pickup trucks; the automaker stopped marketing the trucks as Dodges...
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2018 Kia Optima crash-tested, Ford CoPilot 360 safety gear, electric car batteries compared: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:30
2018 Kia Optima modified to ace crash tests After adopting some mid-year changes, the 2018 Kia Optima earned top marks in independent crash-testing last week. Updated 2019 Kia Sorento priced from $26,980 The 2019 Kia Sorento has a new price to go with its updated looks: $26,980, the automaker said Thursday. 2019 Ram 1500 Review The 2019 Ram 1500...
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New Scottish surveying lead for Graham+Sibbald

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:25
Graham+Sibbald has appointed Tom Templeman as its head of building surveying for the east of Scotland.
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Russian investor acquires Birmingham student block

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:13
A private Russian buyer has acquired the City Edge student accommodation block in Birmingham from a subsidiary of Shaylor Holdings for £10.6m.
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Distinct Group snaps up Bedford hotel

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:06
Distinct Group has acquired The Bedford Swan Hotel from BDL Select Hotels from a guide price of £11.5m.
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UBS launches infrastructure debt fund with €448m commitments

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:00
UBS Asset Management has launched a second infrastructure debt fund, Archmore Infrastructure Debt Platform II (IDP II), with seed commitments of more than €448m (£392m).
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New head of UK property and asset management for JLL

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:34
JLL has recruited Ben Tolhurst from Capita to head up its UK property and asset management division.
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Green light for Crosslane to create new student accomm in Cardiff

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:45
Crosslane Student Developments has unveiled plans to deliver a 384-bed purpose-built student accommodation development at Howard Gardens in Cardiff.
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L&G completes India Buildings acquisition

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:52
The 500,000 sq ft, grade II listed building will be home to HMRC from 2019, when the government department will move in around 3,500 staff into a 270,000 sq ft space.
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Hammerson rejects informal £5bn bid from Klépierre

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:26
Hammerson has rejected a £5bn takeover bid from French property giant Klépierre, that could yet threaten to derail the British property company’s proposed merger with retail rival Intu.
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THE WEEK AHEAD: Hansteen, Empiric, and Regional REIT set to report finals

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:12
It’s another busy week for property groups on the London Stock Exchange this week, with three high profile property groups reporting full year results.
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Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT confirms £50m fundraising

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:39
Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT has confirmed the launch of a £50m fundraising this morning to acquire 16 properties for £73.6m, as revealed in Property Week last Friday.
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Motor Trend en Español? – The Lohdown

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:00

The May 2018 print-magazine cover riffs on the magic of internet searches and automobiles, and although it’s a bit cheeky, it hints at how a significant portion of Motor Trend content is delivered and consumed every day.

Readers like you help drive our monthly magazine circulation to an average of 1 million copies (thank you), but in a good month, nearly twice as many readers find our news, reviews, and buyer’s guide insights on via search engines like Google.

And that’s just if you want our content in English; we license print versions of Motor Trend in Chinese and Korean, and produce a Spanish-language version of our website.

Motor Trend en Español began in the early 2000s and served our Spanish-speaking audience with both a magazine and a website, Our colleague Sidney Hidalgo’s careful stewardship has kept MTEE and our other international offerings alive all of these years—but the growth of our Spanish-language version really took off when Miguel Cortina joined our team in January 2015.

If that name sounds familiar, it is because Miguel is an active contributor to both the English and Spanish versions of Motor Trend. His byline and insights have appeared several times online, and he’s been a juror on both our SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year programs.

Prior to Miguel’s arrival, our Spanish-language offerings consisted almost entirely of third-party translations of Motor Trend content. He now manages that process, but he also publishes original drive reviews and news on that target the growing Latino audience in America and abroad. If that’s not enough, Miguel is Motor Trend’s one-man wrecking crew when it comes to Spanish-language social media. You can find it on the Motor Trend en Español Facebook and Instagram accounts and on Twitter.

Or, you know, just Google it. Gracias for your support.

La portada de este mes cubre la magia de las búsquedas de internet y los automóviles, y aunque es un poco descarada, insinúa cómo se entrega y se consume una porción importante del contenido de Motor Trend todos los días.

Lectores como usted ayudan a que nuestra revista mensual tenga una circulación de 1 millón de copias en promedio (gracias), pero en un buen mes, casi el doble de lectores encuentran nuestras noticias, reseñas y consejos de nuestra guía del comprador en a través de buscadores como Google.

Y eso es únicamente si quiere leer nuestro contenido en inglés; tenemos versiones impresas de Motor Trend en chino y coreano, y publicamos una versión en español de nuestro sitio de internet.

Motor Trend en Español comenzó a principios de los años 2000 y sirvió a nuestra audiencia de habla hispana con una revista y un sitio de internet, El trabajo cuidadoso de nuestro colega Sidney Hidalgo ha mantenido vivo a MTEE y nuestras otras ofertas internacionales durante todos esos años – pero el crecimiento de nuestra versión en español realmente se disparó cuando Miguel Cortina se unió a nuestro equipo en enero de 2015.

Si ese nombre suena familiar, es porque Miguel es un contribuidor activo de nuestras versiones en inglés y en español de Motor Trend. Su nombre y sus perspectivas han aparecido muchas veces en esta revista, y él ha sido juez en nuestros programas SUV del Año y Camioneta del Año.

Antes de que Miguel llegara a nuestro equipo, nuestras ofertas en español consistían prácticamente en traducciones de Motor Trend hechas por terceros. Él todavía maneja ese proceso, pero también escribe reseñas originales y noticias en que están dirigidas al creciente público Latino en Estados Unidos y el mundo. Por si eso no fuera suficiente, Miguel es un batallón de una persona cuando hablamos de redes sociales. Lo puede encontrar en las cuentas de Motor Trend en Español de Facebook e Instagram y en Twitter en @MTEspanol.

O, ya sabe, búsquelo en Google. Gracias por su apoyo.

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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost First Test: Chip On Its Shoulder

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:00

We’ve tested nearly half a dozen first-gen EcoBoost Mustangs around here, so we’re pretty familiar with how the car drives and performs. The 2018 model, a midlife refresh, has picked up a 10-speed automatic, an extra 30 lb-ft of torque, and a whole lot more attitude.

To date, the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang has been a confident performer, especially equipped with the optional Performance package. In a comparison test against the turbo four-cylinder Camaro, I wrote it “can be driven as fast as its motor will carry it down a winding road with complete confidence.” Apparently, that’s too tame for the Mustang engineering team. This new car drives like it has something to prove.

It’s obvious the moment you start driving the car hard. The optional limited-slip differential locks up aggressively, and the optional summer tires don’t always have the grip to handle it. You must be careful with the throttle in tight corners; it will try to put all 350 lb-ft down at once and pop you sideways. Leave the stability control on until you’re familiar with the car because it’ll let you rotate more than you expect before it steps in. This car now requires a delicate touch. Manhandling it turns a race horse into a bucking bronco.

You can make life easier on yourself by staying away from the Sport+ and Race driving modes. Both make the throttle hyperaggressive and the steering too heavy, making it needlessly difficult to drive the car smoothly. Those modes also lock out the selectable steering settings, so you can’t customize the car to your taste. Sport or Custom modes are best but don’t let you change the firmness of the optional magnetorheological dampers, which work best in Sport+ and Race. In Sport and Custom, they leave the car underdamped and a little too bouncy for serious driving.

The new 10-speed auto is one thing that doesn’t need fixing on the street. On our favorite roads, it was perfect. Even with its software update, the EcoBoost still runs out of breath at high rpm, but you wouldn’t know it because this transmission knows exactly how to use all its gears to keep the engine in the meat of its power. That include both shifting at the horsepower peak and downshifting under braking so you’re right at the torque peak when you’re ready to accelerate out of the corner.

Regardless of which mode you prefer or how you dial in the settings, there’s no denying the EcoBoost Mustang is damn quick on a back road once you figure out how to drive it right. It’s a sweaty-palms experience, but it’ll surprise a lot of fast cars.

This was born out at the test track, as well. At 5.3 seconds to 60 mph and 13.9 seconds in the quarter at 97.2 mph, this is the quickest EcoBoost Mustang we’ve ever tested and nicely reverses a trend we discovered and reported of EcoBoost Mustangs getting slower. Our test team found Drag Strip mode, unsurprisingly, returned the best results, though it surprisingly doesn’t have launch control. A little brake torque up to 1,500 rpm netted the best launch. If you’re curious, the last V-8 Mustang we tested hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and ran a 12.6-second quarter mile at 115.1 mph.

We’ve long praised the EcoBoost Mustang’s braking for being stronger and more precise than you’d expect in what is now the base model, and this one is no exception. Its stop from 60 mph in 106 feet is right on par with its predecessors.

Things didn’t go so well in our handling tests, though. Pulling 0.96 g on the skidpad and lapping the figure eight in 25.1 seconds at 0.75 g average, it did about as well as the last EcoBoost with an automatic transmission we tested. Thing is, it’s significantly slower and pulling a lot less g than the best EcoBoost Mustang we’ve tested, and it’s not just the numbers. The test team reports things started out all right, with great braking, good road holding, and strong traction coming off the corners, but the laps were still nearly a second off the pace. Going for another try, everything “went pear-shaped,” as the notes have it. “Times did not improve, and the transmission started really hiccupping,” our test team wrote. “A couple of times, after pulling the paddle for a downshift, it literally freewheeled, no throttle response, as if it was in neutral. Then it popped into second and the revs jumped (no matched revving), and it totally upset the car. Also, I don’t think the LSD was working properly because going to throttle at the same rate in the same place spun the car once—a really slow-mo spin, but still it was a surprise.” No doubt, our Figure Eight test is very hard on cars, but these sorts of things don’t usually happen.

The test team’s notes end with, “Feels like a good eight-tenths car, but ask ten-tenths and it won’t like it.” Which, really, kind of jibes with our road impressions. Although we had no mechanical issues on the road, the car did not like to be driven to within an inch of its capability. My own notes read, verbatim: “This thing grabs you by the collar and screams in your face, ‘I’m sporty, mother******!’ It’s like trying to wheel a classic Mustang hard. You’ve gotta know what you’re doing.”

Harping on the handling aside, there are a few other aspects of the 2018 refresh to talk about. My favorite is the optional digital dash, which has a lot of cool graphics and a different skin for every drive mode. My only request would be a more intuitive user interface, as there are multiple buttons on the steering wheel and dash that control it and it takes a while to figure out how to access all the hidden menus. Similarly, I’d like to know if there’s some hidden volume control for the parking sensors. They’re painfully loud.

The standard seats are as deserving of praise as the digital dash. They’re plenty supportive for back road shenanigans and still quite comfortable for the daily commute. The optional leather isn’t the fanciest stuff on the market, but it’s very nice for a non-luxury vehicle.

As long as we’re talking fancy stuff, we ought to address the green elephant in the room. Our EcoBoost Premium tester priced out at $39,880, and a lot of you will be quick to point out you can have a V-8 for that money. That’s certainly true, and if your priorities are power and exhaust note, there’s no reason not to. Of course, if you want these heated and cooled seats, the navigation system, the digital dash, the dampers, etc. on your V-8, it’s going to cost you plenty more than $40,000. The GT Premium starts at 40 grand, after all. If you’re looking to balance performance and features, the EcoBoost isn’t a bad way to go.

The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, at least when equipped with the Performance package, is not the docile base car you might expect. It’s not even the bargain sports car it used to be. It’s an ornery foal waiting to be broken to the saddle, and you have to respect that. It used to be that people looked down on base-engine Mustangs, but anyone who dismisses the 2018 EcoBoost out of hand hasn’t driven one.

2018 Ford Mustang Coupe (EcoBoost) BASE PRICE $26,485 PRICE AS TESTED $39,880 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 2.3L/310-hp/350-lb-ft† turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,709 lb (54/46%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.5 x 75.4 x 54.3 in 0-60 MPH 5.3 sec QUARTER MILE 13.9 sec @ 97.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 106 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.96 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.1 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 18.8/27.2/21.8 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 21/32/25 mpg† ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 160/105 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.78 lb/mile †Horsepower and torque values derived from 93-octane fuel; EPA fuel economy from 87-octane fuel

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Ford Mustang Photos! See Motor Trend-Taken Sixth-Gen Mustang Pics Right Here

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:00

Ford Mustangs are tough to ignore. Thanks to a healthy rivalry with the Chevrolet Camaro and monthly sales that always number in the thousands—not the hundreds—the Mustang has survived through six generations. The muscle car’s appeal goes beyond the allure of an available eight-cylinder engine at a somewhat affordable price. It’s also the bold styling. And since the sixth generation made its debut for the 2015 model year, Motor Trend has thoroughly covered the Mustang with reviews and comparison tests. Check out some of them below, along with Mustang photos you won’t find anywhere else.


 2018 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE vs. 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: The Forever War 2016 Best Driver’s Car Contenders Part 1: AMG GT S, M4 GTS, Shelby GT350R, and 570S 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost First Test and Comparison Test 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang First Test Review 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 vs. 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang 2016 Ford Mustang GT First Test Review and Comparison Test 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 Manual First Test 2015 Ford Mustang GT First Test 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 First Test

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2018 Kia Optima modified to ace crash tests

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:11
After adopting some mid-year changes, the 2018 Kia Optima earned top marks in independent crash-testing last week. The Optima previously earned the Top Safety Pick Award but now qualifies for the more challenging Top Safety Pick+ after Kia made some changes to improve the mid-size sedan's performance in passenger-side impacts. The Top Safety Pick+...
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2017 Hyundai Tucson Limited Long-Term Update 4: How the Transmission is Tuned

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 08:00

Last July, I drove to San Diego in our long-term 2017 Hyundai Tucson to attend the launch of the 2018 Sonata and Elantra GT. The latter shares the same 1.6-liter turbo-four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with our Tucson in Sport guise but makes 26 hp more. In that application, the transmission is smooth, responsive, and snappy even in manual mode, doing exactly what you want. However, in the Tucson, it’s like a different unit, slow to respond and laggy. Why such a drastic change between the two cars? It’s all in the tuning.

Whereas the Elantra GT Sport has been calibrated for enthusiastic driving, the Tucson is efficiency-minded.  On the highway, the powertrain is unobtrusive, but once you hit congested areas, things start to get clunky. At low speeds, the gearbox hunts frequently, shudders, and shifts roughly. You grow to expect but perhaps not accept it after a while; it will remain annoying because we’ve driven eco-minded powertrains that are less noticeably clunky. It also doesn’t help that the Tucson’s throttle response is sluggish, making it feel even more unresponsive. The best solution is to not put your foot down suddenly, because the transmission will get confused and ease into the throttle when you’re in traffic to keep it from shuddering. Sport mode also alleviates things slightly and makes city driving slightly smoother.

As a result of its transmission tuning, the Tucson lags behind its rivals when it comes to on-road refinement. The Honda CR-V doesn’t jerk you around at low speeds, and the CVT operates nearly invisibly. The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, is more agile and responsive. City driving is where the Tucson’s weaknesses appear, and it doesn’t help that despite the economy-minded transmission, it’s EPA-rated at 24/28 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive and 25/30 mpg with front-wheel drive. That’s right in line with most of the class but behind the most efficient entries, the CR-V and the Nissan Rogue, both of which are rated 2 to 3 mpg higher, so there’s no efficiency gain with the eco-tuned transmission when matched against the competition.

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