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2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Update 1: Testing the GT Part of the Name

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:00

We’re about three months into the Kia Stinger’s loan, and public interest in the swoopy four-door continues to be high. These days I get fewer stares or impromptu freeway challenges in the greater Los Angeles area, but on a recent trip up north the Stinger was once again the center of attention—especially out in the country where fewer people have seen the newcomer from Kia.

The Presidents’ Day long weekend provided an opportunity to test out the Stinger’s grand touring chops. A quick jaunt up the coast to Monterey, California, highlighted many of the things I’d already learned from commuting 40 miles round trip in the Stinger every day. The ride is stiff but reasonably comfortable for a sports sedan, and the seats offer good cushioning and support for long drives. I usually turn the stop/start feature off in other cars, but the system in the Stinger is unintrusive and smooth enough that I just leave it on.

The twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic help the Stinger GT live up to the latter half of its name. Traditional grand tourers offer both speed and comfort over long distances, and the engine and transmission combo in the Stinger GT make it well suited for highway cruising. If you need to pass a slower vehicle, simply press the throttle and enjoy the effortless power of the boosted V-6 and an immediate downshift from the transmission. On this trip I averaged 24 mpg, just under the Stinger GT’s 25-mpg EPA highway rating.

I appreciate all of the Stinger’s driver assist features, but some work better than others. For example, lane keep assist doesn’t work as well here as it does in other cars. The system seems to only make minor corrections to keep you in your lane, and isn’t much help on even the gentlest of bends. When engaged, the system alerts you to put your hands on the wheel if it thinks you’re doing something else. It’s this function that I have the most problem with as it’s way too sensitive. Even with both hands gripping the wheel I still somehow managed to trigger the alert multiple times—to the point where the system deactivated.

Because my wife and I only packed for two nights, the Stinger’s cargo area easily accommodated our single large suitcase. But we put the extra space to good use throughout the trip by tossing in things we bought along the way, preferring the security of the cargo cover to the exposed back seat. The hatch is great for stowing your things, but less great for seeing out of. The rear window is very narrow, and the car’s high beltline means you won’t see the headlights of a car directly behind you. Combine this with the thick C-pillars that give the Stinger its characteristic shape and you end up with some pretty miserable rear visibility. You get used to it over time, eventually learning to compensate for your blind spots with your mirrors. Luckily, a rearview camera and parking sensors come standard, which help make backing up much less stressful.

Though rear visibility is poor, our long-term Stinger was plenty visible in and around the small towns that dot California’s central coast. In addition to getting the usual questions at the gas station, I also noticed a few people on different occasions taking selfies with the car. Just let that sink in. Selfies. With a Kia. These are strange and wonderful times.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack First Test: Love-Hate Trek Across the U.S.

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:00

This is the kind of combo that appeals to auto writers: a VW Golf but served up as a wagon. British racing green was just icing on the cake.

So we were excited to put some miles on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and by miles we mean a trek across a big chunk of the U.S., including the massive states of Wyoming and Nebraska.

The ride included Midwest snow and cold; hills, mountain passes, and flat highways; and finally arrival in sunny California. When your test has such a wide broadband, you come to appreciate things like comfortable seats, a power panoramic sunroof, and VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

The Alltrack does not have a heated steering wheel, which we sorely missed. Fortunately the front seats are heated with lots of support, including manual lumbar support, although after time the seat belt can dig into your hips.

Much of our driving was straight, but when we did find some corners, the Alltrack met our expectations of being fun to whip around, with no body roll even with its 1-inch lift. The wagon retains the steering feel of the Golf hot hatch.

And on smooth interstates, the VW was fine but was beset with a lot of wind noise. But the raised, four-wheel independent suspension serves up a stiff ride. Sporty has gone too far when you can feel every dimple in the pavement. The suspension bottoms out on bumps, sending the impact into the cabin with enough force to rattle your teeth on uneven surfaces.

The Alltrack is powered by VW’s 1.8-liter TSI direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which generates 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque and feels its peppiest around town. It pairs with a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission that stutters a bit in stop-and-go traffic until you get used to it.

It was on the highway that we would have liked more power to propel this 3,510-pound vehicle. Our tester needed 7.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph; the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R did the distance in 6.9 seconds, and the larger Buick Regal TourX wagon did the scoot in 6.3 seconds. The quarter mile was also strenuous for the Alltrack, clocking 15.5 seconds at 87.8 mph. That compares with 15.2 seconds at 95.9 mph for the Outback and 14.7 seconds at 94.7 for the Regal wagon.

Real MPG came to 21.3/31.4/24.9 mpg in city/highway/combined, which was pretty close to the EPA-certified 22/30/25 mpg.

The VW can lag off the line momentarily until the boost kicks in, and it quickly runs out of breath when you ask for anything more than moderate acceleration, notes features editor Christian Seabaugh, who describes it as “borderline underpowered,” especially when passing. Associate editor Scott Evans noticed the unwillingness to downshift on flat highway cruising but the need to downshift a few gears to maintain speed on the steep path through the mountains.

On some snowy off-road hills, we appreciated the 4Motion AWD with active control, and hours of highway driving were aided by the radar cruise control and lane assist.

The interior, with its brown leather, felt warm and relatively upscale. Its heavy doors slam with authority. But there is also a bit of a spare feeling, and the black-and-white info screen on the gauge cluster does not help.

The infotainment system is easy to read but not initially easy to operate. There is a learning curve to interpreting some of the symbols and the way the screen changes when your hand gets close. The Fender audio system is noteworthy for its clarity and sound quality. But the single USB port up front is not enough in today’s gadget-filled world.

The back seat has air conditioning but is cramped. The cargo space is larger than anticipated, and there is more space under the floor with the space saver spare. Adding a power outlet in the back is thoughtful. But the cargo cover is finicky; it should not take that much effort to figure out and use. And there is no power liftgate on a $36,510 vehicle. (That is the SEL trim’s base price. Our tester had no options.)

Pet peeve: Most of us did not like hearing the backup camera pop out.

“All in all a compelling little car,” Seabaugh said. “It’s good enough to overcome one major flaw (power or ride) but not both.”

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack TSI 4Motion (SEL) BASE PRICE $36,510 PRICE AS TESTED $36,510 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon ENGINE 1.8L/170-hp/199-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,510 lb (56/44%) WHEELBASE 103.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.2 x 70.8 x 59.6 in 0-60 MPH 7.1 sec QUARTER MILE 15.5 sec @ 87.8 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 117 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.0 sec @ 0.64 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 21.3/31.4/24.9 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/30/25 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/112 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.78 lb/mile

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Battersea Power Station partners with Peabody for affordable homes

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:00
Battersea Power Station and Peabody have joined forced to deliver the first 386 affordable homes at the Battersea Power Station development.
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Foxtons hit by weak London resi market as profit plummets again

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:27
Estate agency has suffered a 65% fall in pre-tax profit, it’s third fall in three years as it continues to struggle in a tough London residential market.
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How the 2018 Buick Regal GS Stacks up Against the Kia Stinger GT

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 03:00

In the past, Americans who wanted a more practical alternative to a four-door sedan didn’t have many options. They could either buy one of the few wagons on the market, or they could make the jump to a crossover. But recently, a couple automakers have followed the Audi A7‘s lead, offering liftback sedans that pair the look of a traditional sedan with the practicality of a wagon or small crossover. In the case of the Kia Stinger GT and Buick Regal GS, buyers also get an added dash of performance mixed in with all that practicality. The question is, though, how do they compare?

Price

Even though Kia and Buick have historically competed at different price points, that’s not the case here. The Regal GS starts at $39,995, while the Stinger GT begins at $39,250. But even with all the major options added, the Regal tops out around $45,000. Tick every box on the Stinger’s order form, and it will cost you about $52,000. Actual transaction prices will vary based on dealer incentives, but odds are, you’ll pay more for the Kia.

Performance Specs

The Regal GS comes with all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V-6 that makes 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. Buick hasn’t published official acceleration figures, but based on our initial driving impressions, we expect a high-5-second 0-60 time. The Stinger GT, on the other hand, makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque from a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. Rear-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic, but all-wheel drive is a $2,200 option.

In our latest test, the rear-wheel-drive Stinger GT hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive version did it in 5.1 seconds. So even if the Regal GS is a little quicker than it felt, we can’t imagine it being able to keep up with the more powerful Stinger.

Fuel Economy

Regardless of which configuration you choose, the Kia Stinger GT gets an EPA rating of 19/25/21 (city/highway/combined) mpg. On the other hand, the EPA says the Regal GS gets 19/27/22 (city/highway/combined) mpg. Those figures aren’t wildly different, but the Stinger’s extra power does come at a bit of a cost.

Size

It might not look that way in photos, but the Regal GS is actually 2.7 inches longer than the Stinger GT. But despite being shorter overall, the Kia’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer. And while both cars have identical front tracks, the Buick’s rear track is 1.8 inches narrower. Interior measurements are nearly identical, though, only differing by about a half inch. Up front, the Regal GS has a slight advantage in headroom and shoulder room, while the Stinger takes the win on leg and hip room. In back, the Stinger is a little less roomy, only beating the Regal in hip room.

Cargo Volume

The Honda Accord’s 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space may best the Toyota Camry’s 15.1 cubic feet, but neither holds a candle to the Stinger’s 23.3 cubic feet of storage. Drop the rear seats, and that figure jumps to 40.9 cubic feet. As impressive as the Kia’s cargo capacity is, though, the Buick is even more spacious. It offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and an incredible 60.7 cubic feet of storage with the seats down. Believe it or not, that makes the Regal GS more practical than a Honda HR-V.

Warranty

Compared to some other luxury brands, Buick and Kia both offer excellent warranties. Buick covers its cars with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Kia’s coverage is even longer, with the bumper-to-bumper warranty lasting five years/60,000 miles and the powertrain warranty lasting 10 years/100,000 miles. Both include roadside assistance, but Buick’s warranty guarantees courtesy transportation. Still, if you’re planning to own your car for a while, Kia’s warranty wins out.

 

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Limited-Production 2018 Yenko/SC Silverado Makes 800 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 01:00

In the 1960s, the name Yenko was synonymous with high-horsepower Chevys. The trademark for the name of the famed dealership and vehicle tuner has traded hands since then, now owned by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, but you can still count on a ridiculously high output when you see the Yenko badge. The latest creation to bear the name is the 2018 Yenko/SC Silverado, which is rated at a staggering 800 hp. If the brand new 2019 Silverado doesn’t have enough power for you, this may be your truck.

The Yenko/SC Silverado starts with a custom-built 6.8-liter V-8 engine with a forged crankshaft, forged H-beam connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, CNC-ported LT1 cylinder heads, and upgraded fuel injectors. Then, a custom high-output supercharger is added to deliver a total of 800 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque. Custom stainless steel headers, high-flow catalytic converters, and a stainless steel cat-back dual exhaust round out the power mods. The custom truck is based off the lighter standard cab, short box 2018 Silverado model and sports a flat black hood insert, Yenko cowl stripes, special graphics, and side stripes for starters. The Silverado also gets 22-inch wheels, Brembo brakes up front, a custom front sway bar, a lowering kit, Rancho shocks, and plenty of special badging.

Despite all the add-ons and extra doodads, the weight of the truck remains at 7,200 pounds according to SVE.

Black paint is standard, but the trucks can be built in any factory color, provided you can pony up $46,995 for the base package (not including the price of the truck). Add another $2,495 for fancier seats and at least another $995 for custom paint options. Specialty Vehicle Engineering only plans to build 25 Yenko/SC Silverados for 2018, and each will include a numbered plaque proudly displaying the sequence number and power figures, two numbered key fobs, and a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty.

Source: Specialty Vehicle Engineering

 

 

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Spied! Hyundai Full-Size Crossover Looks Like a Jumbo-Size Santa Fe

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 23:45

Hyundai’s upcoming large three-row crossover has been caught winter testing, and it looks like it’s going to borrow quite a few design cues from the recently revealed 2019 Santa Fe. The yet-to-be-named crossover has the same split headlight layout as the 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2019 Santa Fe, and the signature cascading grille appears even larger here. However, the pattern on the grille looks similar to the one found on the 2019 Santa Fe.

The unnamed three-row crossover also features a thick C-pillar, which should give it a more truck-like appearance compared to its competition, which includes the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Its rear window appear to also hint at a wrap-around design similar to what you’d find in the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.

In terms of dimensions, Hyundai’s large three-row crossover should be right in line with sister brand Kia’s Telluride, which we also spied recently. Expect seating for up to eight passengers and an option for second-row captain’s chairs. Don’t expect, however, an old nameplate to be reused because Hyundai has announced its three-row crossover will have a new name. That effectively rules out the revival of the Veracruz, Hyundai’s large crossover produced from the 2007 to 2012 model years.

Expect Hyundai’s upcoming large three-row crossover to feature similar powertrain choices to the upcoming Kia Telluride, which should sport a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive should come standard with all-wheel drive optional.

Photo source: CarPix

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2019 Audi A6: the digital luxury sedan

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 23:08
The 2019 Audi A6 is evolutionary outside, majorly upgraded inside and under its hood. Tuesday, Audi took the wraps off of its all-new mid-size luxury sedan ahead of its formal debut at next week's Geneva auto show. With its 2019 A6, Audi ups its tech game inside and underneath. Outside, the A6 plays it safe with conservative styling that varies...
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2019 Audi A6 First Look

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 23:01

Stop us if you’ve seen this one before. In case you missed the news on the latest Audi A8 and A7, though, here’s the rundown on the new A6.

As you’ve already guessed, the least expensive of Audi’s medium and large sedan triumvirate borrows, as always, heavily from the long-tail A7 and coddling A8 luxury sedans. At the front, it’s identical to the A7 and mostly the same from the side, save the roofline. The rear end is the A6’s calling card, clearly related to the other two but uniquely executed.

The interior is like the nose, identical to its near-twin, the A7. Its showpiece is the latest Audi MMI touch response system featuring a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen at the top of the dash and an 8.6-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback below that controls the climate and accepts text inputs drawn with a finger. A fully loaded car with both the optional 10.1-inch screen and navigation also includes the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauges and a full-color head-up display.

Driving-related tech features include everything from active safety systems to driver aides such as adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assistance and Audi’s Parking Pilot/Garage Pilot, which allows you to pull the car into or out of a garage or parking space from outside the car with an app on your phone. As with the A7, the A8’s Level 3 autonomous driving technology is not on offer.

The theme continues unabated beneath the hood, where again like the A7, the only likely engine for the U.S. market is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with a 48-volt belt alternator starter mild-hybrid system. Adding an electric motor/generator to the serpentine belt allows for quicker, smoother automatic engine start/stop as well as regenerative braking, torque fill when the engine isn’t making full power, and the ability to coast with the engine off between 34 and 99 mph. When auto-stopped, which can happen when the car drops below 14 mph coasting to a stop, the engine automatically restarts when the car ahead moves.

That engine is connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a variant of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, which decouples the rear axle when not needed to save gas. A rear-wheel steering system is optional and improves both agility and the turning radius.

As the wheels are driven and turned, they’re corralled by independent suspension all around with one of four spring and shock combinations: springs and fixed dampers, springs and electronically adjustable dampers, air suspension and electronically adjustable dampers, and a sport suspension with stiffer springs and fixed dampers.

Slightly larger on the outside, noticeably larger on the inside, and fully revamped, the A6 will go on sale in Europe in June with U.S. sales likely to follow by the end of the year.

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Renault Offers Alpine A110 Sports Car in Two New Flavors

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:45

Renault’s sporty Alpine A110 gets two new variants that will be unveiled at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. First up is the A110 Pure, which builds on the minimalist approach of the currently available Premiere Edition. The second one, the A110 Légende, is a touring trim that offers more comfort and refinement.

According to the automaker, both models share the same all-aluminum body and chassis complete with a double-A-arm suspension in the front and rear. The 1.8-liter mid-mounted inline-four engine offers 252 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The Pure trim represents the A110 “at its lightest and most driver-focused,” according to Renault. Meanwhile, Légende is positioned as the grand tourer of the lineup, offering more comfort and convenience features.

Inside, both coupes offer six-way adjustable lightweight Sabelt seats, full leather upholstery, and carbon-fiber trim. There are three new paint colors to choose from—Blanc Irisé, Bleu Abysse, and Gris Tonnerre. The cars are built in Dieppe, France—the home of the original A110 Berlinette that was built over five decades ago.

Last year’s Premiere Edition was priced at about $62,000 and offered for sale in Europe, the U.K., and Japan. Sadly, there are no plans to bring it to the U.S. at this time.

Alpine says that A110 Pure and Légende pricing will be announced at the Geneva motor show on March 6.

Source: Renault

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The Hyundai Kona Electric has Almost a 300-Mile Range

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:00

Electric cars are way more popular today than they were a decade ago, but they still only represent a small percentage of overall auto sales. Subcompact crossovers, on the other hand, are big sellers. So if an automaker were to offer a subcompact crossover that was also fully electric, would it be a sales success? With the new Kona Electric, Hyundai is about to find out.

As the name suggests, the Hyundai Kona Electric is the all-electric version of Hyundai’s new Kona CUV. Sized between a Kia Soul and a Honda HR-V, the Kona Electric doesn’t look like a half-hearted attempt at an EV, either. It will come in two versions, one that has about 185 miles of range, and a second that has about a 290-mile range. That’s not enough to beat the long-range Tesla Model 3, but it’s more than the Chevrolet Bolt and regular Model 3 offer. Those estimates are based on the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which closely matches the EPA’s test cycle.

Spring for the bigger battery, and the Kona Electric comes with more power. Instead of 133 hp, it makes about 201 hp. And with 291 lb-ft of torque, Hyundai says the Kona Electric will hit 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. That isn’t especially quick, but around town, it shouldn’t feel slow.

Design changes include an updated front end that replaces the gas-powered Kona’s grille with a closed-off version, slightly different daytime running lights, and a two-tone paint scheme. The interior has also been restyled, giving the cabin its own feel. But instead of trying a wild, futuristic look, Hyundai’s designers gave the inside of the Kona Electric a relatively conventional look. Like the gas-powered Kona, the Kona Electric offers an infotainment system that supports both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It also comes with a number of modern safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.

At the moment, Hyundai has only confirmed that the Kona Electric will go on sale in Europe this summer at a yet-to-be-determined price. As for U.S. availability, we’ve been told to stay tuned.

Source: Hyundai

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2019 Lexus UX crossover revealed: luxury on a small scale

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 20:41
Ahead of its unveiling at next week's Geneva auto show, Lexus on Tuesday took the wraps off its smallest crossover yet: the 2019 Lexus UX. The pint-size, high-riding crossover will do battle here in the U.S. against the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Volvo XC40. Although Lexus is holding back most details until next week, we do know...
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Spied! Kia Telluride Caught for the First Time

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:00

The Kia Telluride has been spotted for the first time by our spy photographers, and it appears that the massive crossover’s exterior design won’t change much as it transitions into a full-fledged production vehicle. Slotting above the Sorento, the Telluride will be Kia’s largest crossover and should feature seating for up to eight passengers.

Despite all the plastic camouflage up front, it’s clear that the concept’s four ice cube LED headlights remain intact on the production version. It also appears to have an oversized tiger nose grille, which should help give the Telluride an aggressive look and plenty of presence on the road. From the side, the Telluride’s boxy proportions come into perspective and it also features large windows. Out back, you can see the thin curved LED taillights peeking through, further hinting that changes from concept to production were minimal.

This particular prototype was also caught following a Volvo XC90, which could hint that Kia is positioning the Telluride as a more upscale three-row crossover. When the Telluride Concept was first introduced at the 2016 Detroit auto show, Kia billed it as a glimpse at a future premium seven-passenger large crossover. The fact that this prototype has been snapped with a Volvo XC90 could be further evidence that the Korean automaker is benchmarking premium offerings for its large crossover.

Although the concept shown at the 2016 Detroit auto show featured a 400-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and an electric motor, don’t expect it to find its way under the hood of the production Telluride. Instead, expect a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6, which is currently rated at 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque in the Sorento and Cadenza. An eight-speed automatic will likely be the only transmission available.

Photo source: CarPix

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AccorHotels agrees to sell €4.4bn majority stake in property business

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:22
French hotel group AccorHotels has signed agreements to sell a 55% stake in its property business, AccorInvest, to a group of international investors for €4.4bn (£3.87bn).
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Lexus UX Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:45

The Lexus UX has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva auto show, and compared to the concept from the 2016 Paris auto show, the production model’s styling has been toned down significantly. Lexus’ spindle grille still dominates the car’s front fascia but the angular headlights that contributed to the concept car’s aggressive looks have been replaced by more conventional-looking clusters.

The rest of the car appears more rounded compared to the sharp-edged concept, with a wider-looking greenhouse for a better view out of the car. Since this is the F Sport variant, expect the standard UX to feature a different grille and body-colored side mirror covers instead of the two-tone look seen on this car. Lexus says the UX crossover is underpinned by a new platform, likely Toyota’s TNGA architecture, which is used in the Prius, Camry, and C-HR.

Lexus also released a video that shows the UX’s interior, and like other Lexus vehicles, it features a large screen on top of the dash. The center stack, however, appears to be less button-heavy and tilted slightly toward the driver. As with other Lexus models, the infotainment system has touch pad controls that are positioned to the right of the shifter.

Expect the Lexus UX to arrive later this year. The model should offer a new hybrid powertrain based on the blue-highlighted Lexus badge. A gas-powered variant with Toyota’s new Dynamic Force engine family should also be in the cards.

Source: Lexus

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NHTSA crashes 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, rates it five stars

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:35
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class holds up well in instrumented crash-testing, according to the federal government. The NHTSA said Tuesday that the 2018 GLC crossover rates five stars overall. Mercedes-Benz's compact, five-seat crossover earned five stars in frontal and side-impact crash-tests. Additionally, it scored four in the rollover...
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Colliers acquires Irea to grow Spanish presence

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:13
Colliers International has acquired a controlling interest in financial and strategic advisory firm Irea Corporate Finance and merged its operations to become one of Spain’s leading firms in real estate and hotels.
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2019 Volvo XC40 driven, Nissan Terra SUV, Living with the Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:30
2019 Volvo XC40 first drive: a subscription worth renewing There was molten lava under my feet, and it was relaxing. Harmonious, even, as it thumped gently to the music. Lexus drops hybrid prices across board Lexus has sliced the price of entry for its luxury hybrids by as much as $4,800 for the 2018 model year, but we'll stop short of suggesting...
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VW settles Dieselgate lawsuit before trial

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:48
Volkswagen AG last week reached an agreement with more than 300 diesel car owners just days before what was expected to be a high-profile trial over the automaker's excessive diesel emissions. Reuters reported that Volkswagen reached a settlement Friday with David Doar, a North Carolina man, and roughly 300 other owners who joined his lawsuit...
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NHTSA "quiet car" rules to require hybrid, electric cars to make sounds by end of 2020

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:17
Hybrid and electric cars will sneak across parking lots for a few more years. The NHTSA on Monday set a long-delayed deadline for automakers to add sounds to otherwise nearly silent hybrid and electric cars: September 2020. The NHTSA says that automakers will need to fit "alert sounds" to vehicles operating under nearly silent electric power when...
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