2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport debuts with beefy V-8 engine, track-tuned suspension

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:25
Rumors of the V-8 engine's demise have been greatly exaggerated, says Cadillac. The luxury arm of GM took the opportunity Wednesday to take the wraps off a new twin-turbo V-8 engine, a flagship powertrain that debuted in the brand's updated 2019 CT6 V-Sport luxury sedan. The new 4.2-liter V-8 will be offered in 500- and 550-horsepower versions...
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West Eleven uses Apple tech to launch new Battersea development

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:55
Luxury developer West Eleven has become the first property firm to use the Apple AR Technology Toolkit to showcase its developments.
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Ford Brings 4G LTE, Other Features to Older Models

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:45

This year, Ford will enable connectivity features such as 4G LTE Wi-Fi and smartphone control on older vehicles without modems. Dubbed FordPass SmartLink, the upgrade includes a device that plugs into the OBD II port below the steering wheel.

Owners of 2010-2017 Ford vehicles are eligible for the upgrade. With the feature, drivers can lock the car doors, start the engine, and control other functions right from their smartphones. You can also access vehicle health, security, and location alerts. Wi-Fi connectivity is provided by Verizon, so you’ll have to set up an account if you haven’t already.

“Vehicle connectivity has improved at a rapid rate in recent years,” said Frederiek Toney, president of Global Ford Customer Service Division, in a statement. “We believe offering an affordable way for our customers to upgrade their older-model vehicles to include more modern technology will improve their ownership experience for years to come.”

Upgrading your older Ford with these connectivity features will require $16.99 a month, which covers the cost of the device, remote key fob capability, and vehicle alerts during a period of 24 months. Installation fees are not included, and neither is data. But those who sign up will receive a free trial of Verizon 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 30 days of data or 1 gigabyte, whichever comes first.

FordPass SmartLink will be available through Ford dealerships nationwide starting mid-2018. By the end of 2019, all new Ford vehicles sold in the U.S. will have 4G LTE connectivity.

Source: Ford

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Vengrove teams up with council to create £120m EdCity development

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:34
Investment manager Vengrove has partnered with charity Ark and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to create a £120m mixed-use development with a focus on education.
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2019 Porsche Cayenne

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:02
The Porsche Cayenne heaps astonishing performance into its tall-wagon crossover body. It’s a formula once thought to be heresy; now it’s old hat. Now it’s in its third generation, and thanks to a smartly re-engineered cabin and a trio of powertrains, the 2019 Cayenne earns a score of 8.0 overall. (Read more about how we rate...
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2019 Ford Fusion unveiled, 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class update, Nissan's electric crossover plans: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:30
2019 Ford Fusion adds safety tech, allegedly new styling Look closely. Look really, really closely. A nip here, a tuck there, and oh yeah, a whole bunch of active safety tech. That's the gist of the refreshed 2019 Ford Fusion, a midsize sedan that still represents a big chunk of the pie for Ford Motor Company. These light updates keep the Fusion...
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2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Twin Turbo V-8 First Look: Northstar 2.0

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:00

Although the CT6 flagship sedan has been making do with the same four- and six-cylinder engines that power its lesser siblings, Cadillac has been itching to go toe-to-toe with the best A-list German sport sedans. Boss-man Johan de Nysschen or his immediate predecessor managed to convince the corporate purse-string minders that a high-torque hot-V twin-turbo DOHC V-8 was the price of entry to this elite club, and that dagnabbit, that price was worth paying! So sure enough, sometime in the first half of next year, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport will offer the brand’s first exclusive engine since the Northstar. One irony before we delve into the deets: At least initially, the engine will only be offered in the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East, leaving the autobahns unchallenged.

As noted, this 4.2-liter engine, internally code-named GF18, is a clean-sheet design adhering to most of the latest trends. It features a smaller 86.0mm bore and longer 90.2mm stroke, a strategy that favors low-end torque, tolerates higher compression (9.8:1—pretty high for a boosted engine), and leads to improved thermal efficiency. It also enables closer bore spacing—96.0 mm, down from the Small Block’s 111.7 mm, which shortens the block, crank, and all four cams for significant mass savings. Speaking of the crankshaft, it and the eight connecting rods spinning it are made of forged steel and the piston pins feature a diamond-like coating to withstand stress and reduce friction.

The valvetrain includes cylinder deactivation of the number 2, 3, 5, and 8 bores. There’s variable timing on all four cams with 55 degrees of adjustability on the exhaust side and 70 degrees on the intake side. Even better, when switching the engine off (auto stop/start is standard), the intake cams park at a position in the middle of their travel affording no exhaust/intake valve overlap for easier starting and a smoother initial idle. Fuel is always injected directly into the cylinder at high pressure (up to 5,000-plus psi), as there were no operating conditions requiring the addition of port injectors.

The cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds incorporate the housings for the twin-scroll Mitsubishi Heavy Industries turbochargers. The titanium aluminide turbine wheels (half the weight of Inconel) spin up to 170,000 rpm to produce as much as 20 psi of boost that gets relieved via electric wastegates. Bolted directly to the back of each turbo is a 19-liter catalytic converter. These two cats provide all the after-treatment the engine needs—and they greatly complicate the under-hood thermal management, which includes electric fans and water pumps that will continue running long after engine shut-down, following a session of prolonged hard use. An intercooler mounted just above each cylinder head reduces the charge air temperature by 130 degrees F immediately before it whooshes into the outboard intake valves. (Perhaps needless to say, this engine requires premium fuel.)

Two variants of the engine will be offered—each of which will be hand-assembled and personally signed on the Performance Build Center line at the Bowling Green Kentucky Corvette plant. The top version will produce 550 hp at 5,700 rpm and 627 lb-ft at 3,200-4,000 rpm, or 500 hp at 5,000-5,200 rpm and 553 lb-ft at 2,600-4,600 rpm. The difference is primarily in the tuning, with the only mechanical difference being a more restrictive (quieter) exhaust on the lower-output version. That compares reasonably well with the German hot-V twin turbos, including Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter (469-603 hp and 479-664 lb-ft depending on application), Audi’s 4.0-liter (450-605 hp and 406-516 lb-ft), and BMW’s 4.4-liter (552-600 hp and 500-553 lb-ft).

Both variants will come bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature all-wheel drive to ensure every pound-foot of leverage gets a purchase. The transmission will include the very latest Performance Algorithm Shift programming to ensure it’s always in the right gear, even when you lift for a turn.

It’s interesting to note that Cadillac claims the 2019 CT6 V-Sport’s engine is both smaller on the outside and lighter than the supercharged LT4 and LT5 Small Block V-8s, weighing in at a claimed 529 pounds. Small enough to squeeze into an ATS engine compartment? “I’ve never been asked to look at packaging it in an ATS,” replied assistant chief engineer John Rydzewski. It would certainly fit in an Escalade engine bay and go a long way toward differentiating that truck from the Yukon Denali that’s forever nipping at its Manolo Blahnik wedge heels. Expanding availability to the Escalade would certainly pay off the development costs a lot more quickly than the 1,500 or so engines per year that are currently forecast for the CT6, but truck volumes would surely nix the handcrafted one person/engine assembly idea.

We’re not sure what the engine will be called (for now it’s unimaginatively dubbed Twin Turbo V-8), or how vehicle badging may differ to distinguish the power levels. Also unknown—whether there will ever be a straight-out CT6 V, and if so whether it will use this engine. We were led to believe there is a bit of “head room” to stretch output of this engine, perhaps by de-stroking it to 86mm (4.0 liters) and spinning it a lot faster. For now, we’re assured that this engine targets a more refined power than a V badge portends.

Stay tuned, as some of these questions may be answered when the freshened 2019 Cadillac CT6 breaks cover at the New York auto show on March 28.

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AXA IM acquires 620,000 sq ft Dunstable logistics development

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:19
AXA IM-Real Assets has acquired a 32 acre prime logistics freehold site near Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
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Knight Frank appoints Keenan as head of retail agency

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:15
Pat Keenan of K2 Retail has been appointed as head of retail agency at Knight Frank.
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Police raid BMW headquarters in diesel emissions probe

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:10
Over 100 investigators raided two BMW facilities in Europe Tuesday searching for evidence that the automaker rigged software for their vehicles to pass tough diesel emissions standards. German police descended on the automaker’s Munich headquarters, while their Austrian counterparts visited an engine plant in that country. The raids were the...
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JLL expands alternatives team with healthcare specialist

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:54
JLL has appointed healthcare specialist David Simpson to its alternatives team in Leeds.
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TD Global Finance takes floor at Green REIT's One Molesworth St

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:04
Green REIT has agreed a 10,600 sq ft letting at its One Molesworth Street development in Dublin to TD Global Finance Unlimited on a 20-year lease.
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Healthcare property returns rising year-on-year

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:43
Total returns across all UK healthcare property increased to 11.7% over the last 12 months, up from 7.9% in 2016, according to the annual MSCI index.
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Cheap joins management board in shake-up of GVA senior leadership

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:11
GVA has announced a trio of senior appointments including the promotion of Chris Cheap to the management board as a representative of the company’s 12 regional offices.
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The Boutique Workplace Company to open second flexible workspace in Mayfair

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:59
Serviced office provider The Boutique Workplace Company (TBWC) has agreed a deal to open a new flexible workspace in Mayfair, West London.
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Carpetright exploring CVA

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:11
Carpetright is exploring the possibility of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), the main objective of which would be to address its ‘oversized’ property estate.
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AustralianSuper appoints TH Real Estate to an expanded European mandate

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:21
AustralianSuper, the £70bn Australian superannuation fund, has expanded its mandate with TH Real Estate, appointing the investment manager to advise on opportunities in the office and retail sector in Europe.
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Impact Healthcare REIT post maiden annual figures

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:12
Impact Healthcare REIT has posted a rise in its rent roll for 2017 following its IPO last March.
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NAV dips at Empiric as restructuring continues

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:56
Empiric Student Property has posted a slight dip in net asset value (NAV) for the year to the end of 2017, but has boosted rental income and revenue.
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Jobs Jobs Jobs: But Where Are the Workers? – Reference Mark

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:00

“Build it where you sell it” used to be the motivation for foreign automakers to bring plants to America—as well as to avoid transport costs, to achieve quicker-to-market timing, and as a hedge against currency-exchange fluctuations. But today, it’s simply cheaper to build cars here than it is in South Korea or Germany or Sweden.

Automakers might have taken a breather during the devastating recession of 2008–2010, laying off hundreds of thousands of auto workers as vehicle sales plummeted and the need for second and third production shifts waned. But auto factory employment is now at a higher level than before the last sales peak—just before the economy collapsed in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s good news for American workers that there is a new Toyota-Mazda plant in Alabama, a new Volvo plant in South Carolina, and an expansion of Daimler’s operations in Alabama. In fact, in some auto sectors there are more jobs open than there are qualified workers to fill them. Why? Put simply: poor skills and low wages.

Auto manufacturing expert Mike Robinet, managing director for data giant IHS Markit, says some automakers have had to delay production or miss a third shift because they (or their suppliers) couldn’t find enough trained or trainable people and thus suffered shortages of labor or critical parts. He cites Denso’s new $1 billion plant in Maryville, Tennessee, which will build battery inverters and power supplies, as having to “import” people from outside the Knoxville area to fill the 1,000 jobs that will staff the plant.

A Denso spokesperson responded that the company “is not ‘importing’ workers,” merely “adding new strategies to reach a larger radius or market than in the past.”

Tomayto. Tomahto.

As early as 2014, there were signs that America might lack the skilled and semi-skilled laborers needed to fill its available auto jobs. That year, I attended a gathering of the Japan-America Society of Indiana, where executives from three major automotive suppliers—Aisin Seiki, NTN Driveshaft, and Enkei America—said they couldn’t fill key positions at their southern Indiana operations because there weren’t enough qualified applicants.

Well, sort of.

It used to be that, back in the golden age of manufacturing, skilled workers on the assembly line received a respectable blue-collar wage, owned a home, and sent their kids to college. But recent recession-driven labor contracts (or lack of labor influence altogether) have allowed automakers to drive wages down—especially for newcomers to the factory.

The average hourly wage for an autoworker in America was $22.09 in 2008, a number that has inched to $22.39 over the past decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But if wages had merely kept pace with inflation, they should average $25.94 an hour today.

Remember, this is an average. There are lots of grandfathered workers with seniority making well more than this amount. Many of the new auto jobs being created are actually in the $9 to $15 per hour range, according to a recent piece of investigative reporting by Bloomberg Businessweek. That’s not much incentive for a skilled job seeker seeking to support a family. And lowering the bar for new employees willing to accept those wages means the industry has to deal with less qualified candidates, higher absenteeism, and failed drug tests, Robinet says.

Of course, certain economic supply-and-demand theories contend that with 4 percent unemployment and jobs going begging, automakers and suppliers might have to sweeten the pot to bring in new hires.

What’s good for GM (and Ford and Toyota) is good for America. But more to the point, what is good for American workers is good for America, too. They should be treated accordingly, both by training and by what they earn. It’s great that auto jobs are back. Now wages need to follow suit.

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