Thor and AEW complete £180m 100 New Oxford St buy

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:21
Thor Equities and AEW have completed the purchase of 100 New Oxford Street in London’s West End from Tishman Speyer for £180m with £90m of debt funding from Bayerische Landesbank.
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Arrival

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:01

The Jaguar F-Pace was by far the most polarizing contender at our 2017 SUV of the Year program. Here is a sampling of our judges notebook:

“Intended to look hot, drive hot, and convey a bad boy image (and double Jag sales). Nailing it!”

“On the 22-inch wheels the ride is chattery, but the road noise is borderline intolerable … tire slap dominates the entire experience while putting through town.”

 “The styling sets a new benchmark for the SUV segment, too: Improbable as it sounds, this is an SUV that looks a sexy as a Jaguar should. It’s a remarkable piece of design.” 

“But that ride quality … a sports car I can forgive. A luxury SUV, even a Jag, I’m having more trouble with.” 

“Boy, when the styling makes one’s knees go this wiggly and the driving dynamics put this big a smile on one’s face, one is prepared to forgive a lot of flaws—such as brittle ride quality on the 22s and interior cheapness …”

“I couldn’t recommend this SUV to a friend without the warning: ‘This Jaguar rides like a Conestoga wagon.’”

We clearly had to know more, so we put an order in for a nicely spec’d F-Pace 35t. Jaguar launched its first SUV in the U.S. with three engines: a 2.0-liter 180-hp four-cylinder turbodiesel (named 20d) and two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gas engines, making 340 hp and 380 hp and branded 35t and S, respectively. We took the middle path with a F-Pace 35t, not only because we figured it to be the volume seller but also because of the poor ride and handling attributes of the S-model, which we attributed to the 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires. Jaguar ended up sending a nicely loaded R-Sport version, which is middle of the pack that include a unnamed base version, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S, and First Edition. For 2018, Jaguar eliminated the 35t and its 340-hp V-6 in favor of two additional 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engines, so our long-term evaluation will be of an orphaned yearling. Oh well.

Our 35t R-Sport arrived with optional Dark Sapphire (dark blue) paint and gloss black roof rails that added a total of $900 ($550/$350) to the tab. Having already sampled their ride, we avoided 22-inch “wagon-wheels”; our standard 20-inch wheels were upgraded to a “Blade Alloy” design that cost an additional $500.

Two packages round out the rest of the optional gear; the Comfort and Convenience package adds heated/cooled front seats and heated rear seats, which also recline, and two levers in the cargo area to drop the second seats. That feature and the gesture control tailgate (which allows the holder of the smart key to open and close the tailgate by making a kick motion at either corner of the bumper) are great if the intent is to load cargo while ones hands are full of surf gear, let’s say.

The Technology Package adds a 10.2-inch touchscreen loaded up with the InControl Touch Pro system, which we have a found a big step up from JLR’s previous infotainment offering. We’ll see what it is like living with it. The other trick tech is under the hood of the instrument cluster, where a 12.3-inch screen replaces traditional gauges.

Rounding out the options are a set of rubber floor mats (front and rear), matching rubber liner for the cargo area, and a cargo net, all for $407. Wheel locks and license plate frame add an additional $191, and a car care kit (we somehow misplaced) is another $50. Seems a bit nickel and dime-y? We found plenty of folks who concur on a couple of F-Pace forums.

Our F-Pace 35t R-Sport totaled $63,343.00. That’s a fair bit of scratch for a sexy new cat—or Conestoga wagon. We’ll tell you which one the F-Pace more closely resembles over the next few months. 

2017 Jaguar F-Pace 35t R Sport BASE PRICE $57,295 PRICE AS TESTED $64,343 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,416 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 113.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 186.3 x 76.2 x 65.0 in 0-60 MPH 5.2 sec QUARTER MILE 13.8 sec @ 101.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 116 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.83 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.8 sec @ 0.67 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 16.2/25.4/19.3 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 18/23/20 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.97 lb/mile TOTAL MILEAGE 0,000 mi AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY 00.0 mpg UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS List or None

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2019 Genesis G70 vs. 2018 Kia Stinger: What’s the Difference?

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:00

It’s no secret that the 2018 Kia Stinger GT and the 2019 Genesis G70 share the same platform that’s an evolution of the one found in the current-generation Genesis G80. Both cars share the same engine lineup, a base 2.0-liter turbo-four with 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. There’s also an adaptive suspension system, a drive mode selector with a custom setting, and Brembo brakes on the V-6-powered variants. An eight-speed automatic transmission is shared between both cars. Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice President of vehicle test and high performance development, declined to discuss the differences between the two at the Genesis G70’s global launch in Korea, so we never got an answer. Until now, that is. Motor Trend has now driven both the Stinger GT and the G70, and we’ve found what distinguishes the smaller compact Genesis sedan from the larger Kia fastback with four doors and a hatch. Ride comfort is a key difference between the two vehicles. Being a larger, heavier grand tourer, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT has a more compliant suspension all around. Sport mode does stiffen things up, but that doesn’t come at the cost of ride comfort because the Stinger’s ride remains surprisingly smooth even on rough pavement. The 2019 Genesis G70, on the other hand, is tighter and more buttoned down, but its ride is also stiffer and a little less compliant. The electronically controlled suspension on the G70 is more aggressive in Sport mode, meaning you’ll feel the road more. Get both the Stinger GT and the G70 on a winding mountain road, and you’ll find more differences between the two cars. The Stinger GT drives as big as it looks, and its curb weight of around 4,000 pounds means its reflexes aren’t as sharp as the G70. That doesn’t mean it’s sloppy. The Stinger GT handles well for its size and manages to not feel like a lumbering behemoth. Hop into the G70, and you’ll notice that its smaller size and shorter wheelbase make it livelier through the corners even in its heaviest form with all-wheel drive. It handles as you’d expect of a compact sport sedan to, meaning it’s sharp, agile, and right at home in the twisties, especially when everything is in Sport mode. There’s less understeer in the G70, meaning it’s easier to rotate through the corners or get it to drift. On both the Stinger GT and the G70, steering feel is much improved compared to previous vehicles from Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis. They both feel better, but not the same. The Stinger GT offers precise steering, but it’s lighter and a little more isolated, especially outside of Sport mode—giving it the feel of a proper long-distance GT car. Put it in Sport mode, and it does add weight but not to the point that it’s overly heavy or extremely touchy. The G70’s steering, on the other hand, is quicker, more precise, and has superior weighting in Sport mode than the Stinger GT. It also reacts quicker to your inputs, which is especially helpful when you’re having a good time on winding roads. Where the Stinger GT separates itself as a grand tourer is in its body control. There’s more body roll on the Stinger GT, and it’s immediately noticeable on winding roads where the body smoothly transitions side to side. Hop into the G70, and you’ll immediately notice that it’s more planted, there is less body roll when going through corners, and it feels buttoned down through the turns, giving the driver a better sense of control from behind the wheel. Size and weight are the most obvious differentiators between the Kia Stinger GT and the Genesis G70. At around 4,000 pounds, the Stinger is long and heavy, and it feels it on the road. Sure it’s nimble for its size, but its weight keeps it from being as lively as the G70. We’ve yet to weigh a U.S.-spec G70, but the model we drove recently in Korea checks in below 4,000 pounds even with all-wheel drive. The weight difference and the fact that it’s 2.8 inches shorter make the G70 feel livelier, especially in its most aggressive mode. Its tidier dimensions help it “shrink” when you’re behind the wheel, making it easy to place on the road.

Other than the obvious differences in size, weight, and looks, chassis and suspension tuning distinguish the 2018 Kia Stinger GT and the 2019 Genesis G70. Although they share the same platform and powertrain choices, save for the six-speed manual option that’s exclusive to the four-cylinder G70, both cars behave differently on the road and are tuned for different tastes. Those looking for a fun compact luxury sport sedan should choose the G70, and buyers in search of a comfortable grand tourer that manages to offer great handling for its size and have a massive cargo area will be better served by the Stinger GT.

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Imbuing Korean-ness: Genesis Executives on Creating Identity

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:00

Genesis launched the G70 as its entry-level compact luxury sport sedan, which will be the brand’s volume model once it goes on sale in the U.S. in the spring of 2018. At the car’s global launch in Korea, Motor Trend spoke with the G70’s designers and Genesis’ U.S. boss on how the brand will distinguish itself and create vehicles with their own distinct personality.

Infusing Korean Culture

Perhaps the most difficult part of Genesis’ brand DNA is its Korean identity. With the global launch of the G70 taking place in its home market, Genesis is proud of its Korean roots. Its methodology of designing vehicles is influenced by its country of origin. Unlike its competitors from Japan, which started outside of their home country, Genesis aims to be a “holistic global brand,” says U.S. boss Erwin Raphael. He also says it will differentiate itself from its Asian counterparts in that sense. In the U.S., the brand’s Korean-ness won’t be highlighted as much. Raphael believes there isn’t much meaning to it because Americans don’t know much about Korean culture; however, he believes that over time that will change as brands such as Genesis continue to push into the mainstream in the same way LG and Samsung have done.

Raphael says that Genesis’ Korean DNA is the most powerful part of its identity but the hardest to explain. Korean culture is the intersection of old and new traditions where rigid structure such as the family hierarchy coexists with the younger generation searching for innovation and new ways to get things done. Genesis takes inspiration from the coexistence of old and new in Korea to create a vehicle that has a sense of cohesion. Raphael uses the G70’s interior as an example where nothing looks out of place and everything comes together as one.

On Creating Cars with Personality and Identity

Each vehicle in Genesis’ lineup will have a unique personality that will be based on its intended mission. In the case of the G70, it won’t have any wood trim offered and will stick solely to metal inlays. Why? Genesis Vice President of Styling Lee Sangyup says it’s simply because it’s more youth-oriented than the larger G80 and G90. The G70 is the athlete of the family, and the use of metal trim conveys sportiness and the sense that it’s high-tech, Lee says. The G70’s interior speaks to its identity with its driver-oriented design, which envelops the driver yet gives passengers a sense of spaciousness. Lee also notes that the interior has a dual personality, which he describes as it allowing the driver to feel like he or she is “owning the road” without making passengers feel confined. The dash layout hints at the G70’s driver-centric nature with its simplicity and user-friendliness. “Sometimes you sit in a car, and you are overwhelmed by the technology and big screens,” Lee says. “That’s not our point.” He also says that technology should be there to help the driver and passengers—it shouldn’t be distracting. “Nothing really pops or bothers your eyes,” he says regarding the G70’s interior.

Bolder and Audacious Crossovers, Elegant and Classic Sedans

At the 2017 New York auto show, Genesis revealed a crossover concept called the GV80. It featured an exterior with unconventional styling cues such as its quad headlights. That was done on purpose, says Genesis Senior Vice President of Design Luc Donckerwolke. At the launch of the Genesis G70, Donckerwolke revealed to Motor Trend that the brand’s design will get louder and more audacious in the future. As it moves toward production, the GV80 Concept won’t change much—it was essentially a thinly disguised production vehicle. Expect the production version of the GV80 to lead to the debut of the next iteration of Genesis’ design language, a more expressive one that will be most prominent in the brand’s upcoming crossovers. As for the sedans, Donckerwolke says that they will remain more elegant and classy, pointing out that they’re more logical (read: more conventional). Respecting a sedan’s classicism while making them more emotional will be important for the successors of the G80 and G90, meaning harmonizing restraint and boldness will have a key role in their development. Donckerwolke believes there’s more freedom in designing crossovers, hence the reason to steer them toward a more daring direction. Sedans, on the other hand, need to keep a sense of familiarity yet be progressive at the same time.

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Aston Martin Dives to New Depths With “Project Neptune” Luxury Sub

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:00

Aston Martin wants to make a splash in the submersibles scene. The British sports car builder is collaborating with Florida-based Triton Submarines to create Project Neptune, a limited edition luxury sub for deep sea enthusiasts and wannabe secret agents.

The automaker is sinking its design resources into the new endeavor with the luxury submarine builder. With a top speed of 3 knots (3.4 mph), Project Neptune won’t win any races, but the slippery Aston can dive 500 meters (1,650 feet).

“Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin executive VP and chief creative officer, in a statement. “We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.”

Project Neptune seats a pilot and two passengers inside its bubble pod/cabin. It is based on Triton’s 1650/3 low platform super yacht sub.

The new craft looks like a cross between a sci-fi spacecraft from Cowboy Bebop and the transforming Lotus Esprit sub featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. It’s approximately 5.9 feet tall and weighs about 8,800 pounds.

“We have always admired Aston Martin. The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design,” said Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines president. “From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realized in this truly exciting project.”

In case you are looking to add a luxury sub to your collection, plan on dropping at least $4 million clams. But for the chance to feel like James Bond beneath the waves, that might be worth it. 

Source: Aston Martin


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Pharma giants hustle for space in Thames Valley tech cluster

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:00
Several large pharmaceutical companies have launched searches for a total of more than 400,000 sq ft of office space along the M4 science and technology corridor.
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Aviva Investors offloads Tesco store as fund comes under new pressure

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:00
Aviva Investors has sold a Tesco superstore for £52m as its property fund for retail investors comes under renewed pressure to sell assets.
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Big commercial agencies team up to share data

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:00
The largest commercial property agency firms in the UK are planning to join forces to share their market data in a project codenamed Dingo.
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Igal Ahouvi to cash in on basket of Irish supermarkets

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:00
A portfolio comprising four Irish supermarkets has hit the market for €49m (£42.9m).
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Sets Nurburgring SUV Lap Record

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:01

Fresh off the news that Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS broke the Nurburgring’s production car record, Alfa Romeo has announced that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has set a new record for production SUVs. Laying down a time of 7:51.7, the Stelvio was a full 8 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, according to Alfa. Previously, Alfa Romeo claimed it set a record with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, laying down a time of 7:32

“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo, in a release. “We’re proud to now hold two Nurburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

Using a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio makes 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to sticky tires and all-wheel drive, Alfa Romeo says it can hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Sadly, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio won’t go on sale until early next year, so we have yet to run it through our battery of tests. But when we got our hands on the Stelvio Ti Sport, it left us impressed even though it only packed a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

“The Stelvio scythes through a canyon better than some legitimate sport sedans,” wrote associate editor Scott Evans. “The steering responds immediately and precisely as the body leans in like a star running back changing direction. Both the steering and the car feel light and delicate, dancing down the road with the slightest effort. The transmission is always in the right gear, and the engine is surprisingly linear in response. After every corner, you marvel at how fast the Stelvio was able to take it and resolved to take the next one even faster.”

So yeah, if you crank the power from 280 hp up to 505 hp, throw in a torque-vectoring differential, add Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and swap the regular seats out for carbon-fiber-shell Sparco racing seats, it makes sense that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio would be that quick around the Nurburgring. 

But, of course, we still need to drive it. And based on the video below, boy do we want to drive it.

Source: Alfa Romeo

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Volkswagen’s Diesel Scandal Leads to One More Arrest

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 22:30

As of last month, approximately two years since news broke that Volkswagen had installed emissions-cheating software on hundreds of thousands of its diesel vehicles, eight current and former Volkswagen executives faced criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with the scandal. Oliver Schmidt, a senior manager at Volkswagen, pleaded guilty to charges that could result in as much as 169 years in prison. Now, it looks like there’s been another arrest, this time in Germany. 

Automotive News reports that Wolfgang Hatz, Volkswagen’s former top engineer, has been arrested by German authorities. Hatz oversaw all of Volkswagen Group’s powertrains during the time it dodged emissions laws and was a close ally of former CEO Martin Winterkorn. If true, this would make him the highest ranked employee that’s been arrested in connection with the diesel scandal.

Earlier today, German prosecutors confirmed they had arrested a VW executive but declined to name who it was. But the Munich-based Sueddeutscher Zeitung released a report naming Hatz. 

American authorities are also still looking extradite Giovanni Pamio, a former Audi manager who was arrested in Germany earlier this summer. He’s been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to commit fraud, but German officials still have him in custody while they conduct their own investigation. Additionally, James Liang, a former VW engineer, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and fined $200,000 for his role in the scandal.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado Get Centennial Special Editions

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:45

It’s fitting for Chevrolet to celebrate the centennial of its production trucks at the State Fair of Texas since the Lone Star State buys one in five of all trucks sold in the U.S.

To mark the occasion, Chevy introduced the Special Edition Silverado and Colorado, which each wear a special Bow Tie designed with cues from the brand’s 100-year history of building trucks.

Back in 1918, the Chevrolet One-Ton truck had a four-cylinder engine under the hood that offered 36 hp. It had a top speed of 25 mph. The Special Edition trim will be available on the 2018 Silverado LTZ Z71 crew cab and Colorado Z71 crew and extended cab, and both will have more power and a higher top speed than that original Bow Tie truck. Both models share Centennial Blue paint, a spray-in bedliner, and heritage emblems throughout the interior and exterior.

To mark the special occasion, Chevy also built a customized 1967 C-10 show-stopper, which can also be seen at the fair through October 22 before moving on to SEMA later in the month.

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks advertising and marketing director, in a release. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.”

The Special Edition Silverado gets 22-inch painted wheels with chrome inserts and 22-inch all-terrain tires. The Colorado variant receives LT Optional 18-inch wheels with a monochromatic cap.

Chevy’s Truck Legends program seeks to connect these customers by offering events and experiences to members. To join they must either own a truck with over 100,000 miles on it, or purchased or leased at least one new Chevy truck. They’ll also have access to exclusive branded merchandise.

The Centennial Celebration runs for a hundred days and ends on December 16 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Truck Legends members have priority access to the invite-only event where attendees will have the chance to drive Chevy’s newest products and to meet fans of the brand like Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Silverado Centennial Editions will be available at dealerships in October and Colorado Centennial Editions will be available in November. Pricing has not been announced at this time.

Source: Chevrolet

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Fiat Chrysler Looking to Settle Diesel Emissions Lawsuits

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:00

Volkswagen has gotten most of the attention for its diesel emissions scandal, but VW is far from the only automaker that’s been caught dodging emissions laws. Fiat Chrysler has also been caught using software to cheat diesel emissions. FCA’s cheating was egregious enough that back in May, the U.S. federal government sued the automaker. But while FCA is still facing that lawsuit, it’s looking to settle with vehicle owners who also sued.

Reuters reports that, according to a court-appointed settlement advisor, FCA will begin settlement talks on October 12. According to the U.S. Justice Department, FCA used illegal software to sell around 104,000 diesel vehicles that didn’t actually meet emissions standards. These talks will only be with vehicle owners, though, not the federal government.

Leigh Rende, a lawyer for the Justice Department, did, however, tell Reuters that both California and the federal government are close to reaching an agreement on how to test the fix FCA says it has for the cheating diesels. Back in July, FCA was approved to begin selling 2017 model year diesels again. Robert Giuffra, a lawyer for FCA said in court that because the engine and emissions controls are no different from the old vehicles, the automaker is confident it can fix the issue with a simple software update.

Still, the company denies that it ever intentionally cheated emissions laws, claiming it didn’t specifically write the software to hide diesel emissions during testing.

Source: Reuters

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Starts at $35,535

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:12

Mitsubishi has officially priced the 2018 Outlander PHEV from $35,535 for the base model including destination. The plug-in hybrid crossover, which has faced numerous delays, will finally go on sale this December. Unlike its gas-only counterparts, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features a 2.0-liter I-4 coupled to two electric motors and a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery positioned under the passenger compartment. It will be the only plug-in hybrid that will be available with DC fast charging capability and it also comes standard with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC all-wheel drive system.

There are three main drive modes in the 2018 Outlander PHEV. EV Drive mode uses only the two electric motors to power the crossover, while Series Hybrid mode allows the gas engine and battery pack to act as a generator and provide additional power to the electric motors and Parallel Hybrid mode where the car primarily uses the 2.0-liter gas engine with the electric motors only coming into the picture when extra power is needed. Additionally, there are three extra modes, including Battery Save mode to keep charge above 90 percent by letting the Outlander PHEV operate in hybrid mode, Battery Charge mode that turns the gas engine into a generator to maintain the battery’s charge, and an Eco mode that minimizes fuel and electricity consumption.

 Using a level 3 DC fast charger, the 2018 Outlander PHEV can be charged to 80 percent in 25 minutes. Mitsubishi says that using a level 2 charger, the battery can be fully charged in under 4 hours or with a level 1 charger (read: household outlet), under 8 hours. Paddle shifters can be used to alter the strength of the Outlander PHEV’s regenerative braking system. Additionally, there are unique gauges specific to the Outlander PHEV that monitor fuel and energy consumption.

Available active safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera system. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will also have an app that enables owners to see charging status and vehicle status.

Source: Mitsubishi 

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McLaren Teases Three-Seater Supercar Code-Named BP23

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 19:30

Up until now, we’ve only received scant details on McLaren’s upcoming three-seat hyper GT car, code-named BP23. We know it will be very exclusive with only 106 cars leaving McLaren’s Woking facility to be delivered to customers. It will have more than 1,000 hp—likely from a hybridized version of the new 720S’ 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and it will seat three full-grown adults.

But that’s everything we’ve been able to pry out of the English gents and ladies at McLaren, until now. For the five-year anniversary of the debut of McLaren’s Ultimate Series P1, the brand has released photographs of the development mule the company is using to test the seating position and other pieces of the BP23’s development, including one of the heavily modified 720S cockpit. They feature McLaren’s chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, who looks positively enthused about the upcoming hyper-GT.

According to McLaren, the BP23 test mule’s “road testing program is continuing with the creation of a center seat mule based on a 720S. The mule vehicle has been created to investigate different ergonomic solutions for the car’s unique cabin layout as well as technologies that we are developing for use in the final car. For example, we are considering digital mirror technology for potential inclusion.”

McLaren also stated that the company has “finalized the hybrid-powered BP23’s attribute [performance] targets and can confirm that the brief we set ourselves of being ‘the fastest ever McLaren’ will be achieved. By what measurement, though, you will have to wait and see. Except I can say that it won’t be a laptime.”

Does this mean that the McLaren will rival Bugatti’s new Chiron in terms of outright speed and power? Or will it go after extreme near-race cars like the Mercedes-AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie? We do know that McLaren is working one-on-one with Pirelli to design and manufacture an all-new tire, but the man behind McLaren’s Ultimate Series, Andy Palmer, wants to balance all-out performance with comfort and true GT qualities. Whether or not that means McLaren will or won’t be chasing Bugatti is still anyone’s guess.

However, given the fact that the original McLaren F1 had a top speed of 240 mph, we guess that the new three-seat hypercar will likely at least be able to touch its predecessor’s top speed.

Or maybe McLaren is talking about setting a new metric that’s wholly unique in the realm of supercars and hypercars? We’ll have to wait for another year or so before we have any hard numbers or facts, but until then, we can get excited that a spiritual successor to McLaren’s iconic F1 is getting the treatment it deserves and is shaping up to be one incredible machine.

Source: McLaren

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Chevy marks 100 years of trucks with new Silverado, Colorado Centennial Editions

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:55
A century after Chevrolet began marketing its first trucks to consumers, the bowtie brand is marking its anniversary with a special trim package for its 2018 Silverado and Colorado pickups. Centennial Edition versions of both trucks are swathed in a unique metallic blue that nearly matches their heritage-inspired blue bowtie badges. Additional...
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Inland Homes shares rise

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:53
Shares in Inland Homes rose by 1.09% on Thursday after the UK brownfield regeneration specialist and housebuilder reported strong growth in NAV and profits in full year results.
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Toyota, Mazda, and Denso to Collaborate on Electric Vehicles

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:36

Toyota, Mazda, and major Japanese supplier Denso have announced that they will jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles and establish a new company as part of the collaboration. Called EV C.A. Spirit Corporation, the company will have engineers from all three companies working to develop basic EV structural tech for a wide variety of vehicles across different segments. Toyota and Mazda previously announced an EV partnership but didn’t disclose many details at the time.

Mazda and Denso will invest 5 percent in the new venture and Toyota will be the largest investor, pitching in 90 percent. The creation of the new joint venture is a response to stricter emissions regulations in many parts of the world, which according to the three companies, has caused regulations that require a specific portion of their sales be electric vehicles. In order to comply with the new regulations without sacrificing sustainable growth within the companies, they have to develop a new range of powertrains and technologies, with EVs being one of the most important ones.

Toyota, Mazda, and Denso, however, concede that EVs have yet to find greater acceptance in the marketplace and that the investments to cover all global markets is an issue for individual automakers due to different standards in every region. To solve that issue, Toyota, Mazda, and Denso will create a basic EV structure that’s compatible on all segments and vehicle types so that it can respond quickly to market changes. Each company will have a contribution to the new collaboration: Toyota’s will be the TNGA platform, Mazda’s its expertise in bundled product planning and computer modeling-based development, and Denso’s will be its electronic tech expertise.

EV C.A. Spirit Corporation will be involved in researching how best to optimize performance and functionality of EVs from individual components to the whole vehicle. The collaboration between the two companies will take advantage of current production facilities and dedicate an equal amount of resources to make development as efficient as possible. EVs will also be matched to Mazda’s and Toyota’s brand identity in order to keep them unique.

Source: Toyota, Mazda


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