2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch Long-Term Update 3: Size Matters, Part 1

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

This update is concerned with what life is like here in the City of Angeles with a truck that’s (probably) the size of Rhode Island. You can argue that heavy-duty trucks weren’t designed with Los Angeles in mind. However—and believe me, I’ve been looking—there are throngs of them to be found in the nation’s second-largest city. Remember, there are 23 states here in America with smaller populations than L.A. (4,041,707 denizens in 2017). If we’re talking counties, Los Angeles County (10 million folks, give or take) is larger than North Carolina, the 10th most populous state in the nation. L.A. County is also bigger than Rhode Island. And Delaware. Combined.

Just like every coin has two sides, there are two sides to driving a 8,020-pound beast of burden around a densely populated urban area. This update is going to concern itself with the downside of such an endeavor. Should you live in a place like Wyoming—50th in terms of population with nothing but wide-open spaces, and most vehicles you see are trucks—feel free to laugh at the city slicker (moi) who just doesn’t get it.  For the other 63 percent of you that live in cities, feel free to laugh, too.

I get agita leaving the house. We live at the top of a narrow, steeply inclined hill, and the F-250 gets parked up against our dead end nose first. With every other vehicle I’ve ever brought home, leaving isn’t an issue because I can just make a three point turn and go. Not possible with the Super Duty. So I back it down the hill. Not a big deal, save for the fact that our tiny little street dumps onto a major four-lane thoroughfare, so it’s best/quickest/safest to leave home facing forward. My options then become do I want to reverse into the neighbor’s driveway that’s too shallow or the one that’s not quite wide enough? I’m like Sisyphus having to make Sophie’s choice. I know the F-250 is only about a foot longer than an F-150, but those 12 inches make all the painful difference.

Leaving is one thing, but unless I’m going to Motor Trend HQ (where I’ve worked out a semi-secret spot), I’m gonna have to park the big Ford somewhere, and it’s not going to be easy. Before being given the F-250 for a year, my notion of hell was having to eat at a Mexican restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany, for all eternity. (Trust me—I’ve done it—barf.) These days? Hell is parking the King Ranch at the Whole Foods in West Hollywood. Or worse: the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake! The worst! It’s a weird feeling heading somewhere knowing that because of what you’re driving you’re not going to be able to park. Just this past weekend I had to drive by three spots I knew the Ford wouldn’t fit in, only to find a one-hour spot three blocks from the brunch spot. Naturally, when I had to run out halfway through the meal to put money in the meter, it was raining. Tiny violins, I know.

Then there’s the bed. I’m not short. As I’m constantly reminding my wife, 5-foot-11 is slightly taller than average. But man, do I feel like a mini-me when I walk up to the F-250’s bed. If I stick my arms straight out in front of me, my elbows clear the top of the side walls by an inch, maybe 2. Lift with your knees? Ha! More like lift with your ankles. Even if you’re Dutch (Holland boasts the tallest average height on earth), you’re still going to have a hard time loading and unloading this beast. If there’s something heavy in the bed, fuhgeddaboud lifting it up and over; you’re going in. Getting in ain’t no picnic, either, as the tailgate is above my hips. Yeah, yeah, there’s Ford’s Man Step, which is so named because—as Chevy pointed out nine years ago—it’s not manly. Nor does it do you much good if you’ve got to unload something large—the Man Step’s handle blocks your exit. Yes, yes, the F-250 can carry nearly two tons of stuff in the bed. That’s why the truck’s so massive. It’s just that getting said stuff in or out sucks.

This completes the huge truck is huge, water is wet portion of our long-term update. Before you fire off the angry letter stating something to the effect of, “Duh!” know that I’m not alone in my assertion that this truck (I’d say “and trucks like it,” but the Super Duty is XXXL to Chevy and Ram’s XXL offerings) is too big is backed up by the fact that Ford is following Chevy’s Colorado lead and offering a small(ish) pickup called Ranger. Some people need a truck but not all the capability a monster like this here King Ranch, or even an F-150, has to offer. Again, this is part one. Stayed tuned for the next Size Matters update, where I explain the upsides to the F-250’s incredible bulk.

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US boutique fitness brand on search for UK sites

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:00
US fitness franchise Omni Fight Club is seeking its first sites in the UK as part of a wider European roll-out and has earmarked more than 50 target locations.
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US boxercise brand on search for UK sites

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:00
US fitness franchise Omni Fight Club is seeking its first sites in the UK as part of a wider European roll-out and has earmarked more than 50 target locations.
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Mazda CX-9 Adds Rear Seat Entertainment System

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 23:30

Not to be outdone by competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder–all of which offer a rear seat entertainment system—Mazda is bringing the option to the CX-9. Mazda will retrofit any 2016, 2017, and 2018 CX-9 with the entertainment system, and it will also be available on select new models as a port-installed item.

The entertainment system consists of two 8-inch LCD monitors. It also comes with one CD/DVD player, two remote controls, and two wireless headphones. There are USB 2.0 and SD card inputs as well as HDMI ports for connecting your Android or iOS devices. Rear seat passengers can play the same or different content simultaneously since video data can come from these multiple sources.

The CX-9 hasn’t always offered a full set of amenities, but following its 2016 redesign, Mazda has slowly increased its competitiveness among other three-row crossovers. For the 2018 model year, automatic emergency braking became standard on all trims, along with blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert. Mazda also brought heated second row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer to the Grand Touring trim.

The rear seat entertainment system accessory kit is now available with a price tag of $1,995.

Source: Mazda

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Get a Power Bump, More Tech

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 23:01

Hot off the heels of the refreshed C-Class sedan, the refreshed 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet make their official debut at the 2018 New York auto show. Like the sedan, the Mercedes C-Class coupe and Cabriolet get very minor exterior design tweaks and standard full LED headlights (Ultra Wide LED headlights are optional). The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 is distinguished from the C300 by its quad round exhaust tips, larger lower front air intakes, and blacked out mesh grille pattern. The majority of the changes take place under the hood and inside with additional power and an updated multimedia system.

Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system now comes standard with a 10.25-inch screen on the 2019 C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, and a 12.3-inch unit is optional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all C-Class models along with two USB ports, Bluetooth, and an SD card reader. The available navigation system has been updated with support for car-to-X warning messages, in addition to providing the driver with real-time traffic and weather information. NFC technology to connect your phone to the car via Bluetooth and a wireless phone charger are optional.

Keyless entry and start are now standard, as is an open/close button on the C-Class Cabriolet’s key fob so you can raise and lower the car’s roof from outside the car. In addition, there’s an optional digital instrument cluster with three driver-selectable styles, including Classic, Sport, and Progressive. Touch-sensitive controls have replaced physical buttons on the steering wheel.

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning comes standard on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. Available active driver assistance features include Active Distance Assist Distronic, which uses the navigation system to predict speed the car will approach a turn, lane change assist, active steering assist, and emergency stop assist.

Under the hood of the 2019 C300 and C300 4Matic is an updated 2.0-liter turbo-four now making 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 14 hp compared to the outgoing model. Like the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, the C43 coupe and convertible gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 385 hp and 384 lb-ft—up 23 hp. All models come exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission but the unit in the C43 has been programmed to shift quicker.

A performance-oriented 4Matic all-wheel drive system also comes standard on the C43 and features a rear bias, sending 69 percent of torque to the rear wheels and 31 percent to the front. An AMG Drive Select system is available on the C43 and includes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual modes, the last of which enables you to tailor the according to your needs. All 2019 C43 models come with adjustable dampers, enabling the driver to adjust the car for comfort or sporty driving.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will go on sale in late 2018.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class debuts: seductive tech updates inside and out

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 23:01
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has even more in common with its S-Class flagship sibling this year. On Tuesday, Mercedes unveiled swoopy coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class ahead of their big debut at next week’s New York auto show. They're the style-oriented follow-ups to the C-Class sedan that debuted earlier this month at the...
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2019 Ford Fusion First Look: Seventh-Year Itch

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 23:00

The midsize sedan leaders, Honda and Toyota, stick to a pretty rigid five-year model cycle. Nissan often stretches that to six. Ford’s second-generation Fusion got a substantial revision for 2017—its fifth year, and apparently it’s going to have to soldier on for at least another year or so because the seventh-year super-super-senior 2019 Ford Fusion will be getting yet another software and soft-tooled part spiff-up. It remains to be seen whether this move proves to be penny wisdom in the face of rapidly contracting car sales (though for now midsize cars rank as our fourth largest segment) or pound foolishness in the face of spanking new versions of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and (soon) Nissan Altima.

The visual changes are minimal at best. New front and rear fascias rearrange the lower air intakes and/or fog lamps in front and the tailpipe and/or faux diffuser in the back. Ford also slightly revised the Fusion’s grilles and tail lamp trim (it no longer connects across the trunklid). There are two new wheel designs and a few color options change inside and out. A less visible but pretty crucial change: The number of orderable build combinations will drop from a Detroit-like 2,000-plus to a more Honda-esque 36 (not counting color). This mostly comes from making high-take-rate options standard, like the tech package on SE models and the sunroof on Titanium models.

Functionally, the pre-Fusion Contour-era 2.5-liter Duratec I-4 is now basically a penny-pincher fleet special available on the S model only. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four becomes the volume engine, standard on SE trim and up. The other major powertrain news is an upgrade of the battery pack in the plug-in hybrid Energi models. Making the separator film between the anode and cathode thinner permits more energy-dense, thicker anode plates to be fitted. This means that without changing the battery pack size, or number of prismatic cells (84), the 2019 pack’s capacity increases from 7.6 to 9.0 kW-hrs (its mass also increases by a scant 3 percent).

Official EPA numbers aren’t out yet, but the EV-Only range is expected to increase from 21 to 25 miles, and hence the Federal tax credit should increase from $4,000 to $4,600. A study of Ford’s own EV and PHEV customers suggests that this will increase the percentage of drivers who can make it to and from work on a single charge from 38 to 48 (80 percent for those who can charge at work).

The other big news is that Ford’s recently announced Co-Pilot360 Protect suite of driver-assist technologies will become standard across the line. Features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, a lane keeping system, rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting. An Assist package adding adaptive cruise control with stop-and-start capability comes standard on Titanium, Sport, and all hybrid models. It’s optional on S, SE, and SEL models (the latter replaces the former SE with luxury package). This strategy cedes the safety high-ground to the Accord, which gets standard Honda Sensing on all models. That system includes adaptive cruise, traffic-sign recognition, and road-departure mitigation systems.

Will these changes scratch the Fusion’s seventh-year itch sufficiently to maintain its perennial fourth-place ranking in the midsize sedan segment? And if not, does Ford care? The corporation has declared that in two years 86 percent of sales will be trucks and SUVs, and based on last year’s stats, the Fusion, Focus, Mustang, and Continental (cars deemed most likely to survive) accounted for 18 percent of sales. So there may be some room for further slippage.

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Spied! Production Toyota Supra Begins to Take Shape

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:30

We won’t see the production version of the new Toyota Supra until sometime in the first half of 2019. Until then, these spy shots give us our best look yet at the much anticipated sports car.

Our spy photographers have caught prototype Supras on various occasions, but these latest pictures reveal an updated rear end. The bumper area looks more sculpted than on past prototypes, and we can even see a diffuser back there. Up front, you’ll notice narrow headlights like on other mules, although the front vents look like they could be significantly closer to production. In one photo, the Supra is testing once again with its twin, the BMW Z4.

Earlier this month, Toyota revealed a concept track car version of the Supra. It features a three-inlet setup on the front portion of the car, along with the slim taillights and the bold rear lip we see in the prototype.

Toyota hasn’t released powertrain information on the new model. But the Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, strongly hinted that the car would receive a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine to satiate fans of the nameplate who expect a Supra to have a straight-six. Considering it shares bones with the BMW Z4, we could see the Bavarian automaker’s venerable 3.0-liter turbo I-6 under the hood. The production version will be on sale next year, although specific timing for the U.S. remains unknown.

Photo source: CarPix

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2018 Kia Stinger vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series: Compare Cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:06
It would be easy to write off the 2018 Kia Stinger as a 2018 BMW 3-Series imitator, but life is never that simple. The 2018 Stinger traces many of the same lines as the 2018 3-Series, and in some cases the Kia does so with more verve and sharper responses. It is worth noting that the Stinger is Kia at its best, while the 3-Series is the entry to...
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Hennessey Upgrade Brings 2018 Lincoln Navigator up to 600 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:00

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a fine luxury SUV to start with, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, Hennessey offers performance upgrades that will turn your premium ute into a three-ton missile.

“The 2018 Navigator is a world-class luxury SUV and we wanted to take its already impressive power and performance to the next level,” said John Hennessey, company president, in a statement. “Over the past 12 months we have built and delivered hundreds of VelociRaptor 600 upgrades to our new Ford Raptor clients. It made perfect sense to offer a similar upgrade package for the new Navigator, which has essentially the same engine.”

The Texas tuner increased the stock twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine from 450 hp to 600 hp by installing new engine management software, a high-flow air induction system, stainless steel exhaust system, and a large front-mounted intercooler with blow-off valve upgrade.

With the power upgrades, the Navigator can sprint from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.8 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 107 mph, according to Hennessey. Other optional performance goodies include forged monoblock wheels, a lowered suspension, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers, and 15.1-inch brake rotors to help slow this heavy hitter down.

“Our family has owned and driven several high-powered GMC Denalis and Escalades over the past five years. We are now very pleased to have a high-powered Lincoln to add to our family fleet,” said Hennessey. “But I probably won’t get as much seat time as I would like as my wife, Hope, will probably get the keys to our special Lincoln before I do!”

The new HPE600 upgrade kit costs $19,950 installed, and includes a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty from Hennessey. The company plans to build 200 copies of its super Navigator this year.

Source: Hennessey

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:58
The 2018 Mercedes C-Class reminds us that while a pretty face and lots of grip can grab our attention, beautiful cars with great all-around performance and utility are the cars we want to drive, and to keep. The C-Class remains among our favorite cars in its pricey segment, whether it’s a convertible, a coupe, or a sedan. There’s no...
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These 7 Concepts are Headed to the 2018 Easter Jeep Safari

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:20

Every spring, when Jeep heads to Moab for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, it builds a handful of heavily customized concepts to show off for the week. They’ll never go into production, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. A few days ago, we saw teasers of what looked to be a Jeepster-themed Wrangler and an off-road-ready pickup truck, but today Jeep revealed all seven of this year’s concepts. As always, they look ridiculously cool.

Jeep 4Speed

Jeep says the lightweight 4Speed was built to be a follow-up to two previous concepts: the Pork Chop from 2011 and the Stitch from 2013. To save weight, the hood, fenders, and rear tub are made out of carbon fiber, while other body panels are now aluminum. The roll cage and windshield have also been raked back for a sportier look. And while the wheelbase hasn’t changed, the 4Speed is 22 inches shorter than a stock Wrangler.

Under the hood, it gets Jeep’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic. It rides 2 inches higher than stock, gets Dana 44 front and rear axles, a 4.10 gear ratio, 18-inch wheels, and 35-inch mud-terrain tires.

Jeep Sandstorm

Jeep says the Sandstorm was built to be a Baja racer that could still be used as a daily driver. It gets a vented carbon fiber hood, vented front and rear fenders, a cage that integrates a spare tire, chopped rear doors, and no rear swing gate. Jeep also added modified rock rails, tubular front and rear bumpers, an onboard air compressor, a race-style fuel filler, front auxiliary lights, and a chase light.

Under the hood, it gets a 6.4-liter V-8 paired with a six-speed manual transmission. After moving the front axle forward 4 inches and the rear axle back 2 inches, Jeep added a custom suspension that offers 14 inches of travel up front and 18 inches of travel out back. Dynatrac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ratio were also swapped in, as well as 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch off-road tires.

Jeep B-Ute

The Renegade might be the smallest Jeep in the lineup, but it still got its own Easter Safari concept this year called the B-Ute. The custom Renegade gets a vented hood, wider fenders, and a modified front end. To make it more of an off-roader, Jeep then added a 1.5-inch lift, a roof rack, rock rails, 17-inch wheels, and off-road tires. Sadly, you won’t find anything crazy under the hood. It’s just a 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip

Using a 1965 Jeep Wagoneer, this Roadtrip concept was built to bring back “nostalgic memories of going to Yellowstone National Park on a summer family vacation.” It’s been stretched by 5 inches, with the bodywork modified to compensate. Power comes from a 5.7-liter V-8 and a four-speed automatic, while custom fender flares made it possible to widen the track. With a reinforced frame, integrated rock rails, Dana 44 front and rear axles with locking differentials, and 17-inch wheels with 33-inch mud tires, the Wagoneer Roadtrip concept should be able to handle more than your basic family road trip.

Nacho Jeep

Painted Nacho yellow, the Nacho Jeep is basically a rolling Jeep Performance Parts catalog. There’s no telling how much it would cost to recreate the Nacho Jeep on your own, but since it was modified with OEM aftermarket parts, you could theoretically do it. Highlights include a Rubicon bumper, a Warn winch kit, tube doors, a 2-inch lift, 2.5-inch body shocks, and 37-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. Jeep also added LED lights to the brush guard and A-pillars for better visibility on the trail, as well as a rear scouting light.

Jeep Jeepster

Viewed from the front, the Jeepster concept looks a lot more like a regular Wrangler, but its retro paint job doesn’t look any less cool. The Jeep Performance Parts catalog provided the hood, as well as the off-road lighting and the Rubicon steel bumper. The Jeepster also gets a 2-inch lift kit, 2.5-inch body shocks, 37-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, a tubular roll cage, and a 38-inch in-cabin spare tire.

Jeep J-Wagon

Like the Nacho Jeep, the J-Wagon was built to show what’s possible with enough parts from the JPP catalog. Instead of turning the Wrangler Sahara into a hardcore off-roader, though, Jeep built the J-Wagon to look a little more civilized. It pairs a JPP hood with a snorkel, LED lights on the A-pillars, a blacked out grille, several Brass Monkey design details, and 17-inch wheels. Jeep then added a JPP roof rack, concept rock sliders, and a spare 35-inch tire. To keep the civilized look going inside, the J-wagon gets caramel-colored leather seats and more Brass Monkey trim.

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2019 Ford Fusion adds safety tech, allegedly new styling

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:09
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 competitive ahead of an uncertain future as Ford...
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Travis Perkins-let portfolio on market

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:38
Joint venture partners Avignon Capital, Riverside Capital and Colliers Capital have put a trade counter portfolio on the market for £44m.
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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Getting R-Line Appearance Package

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:30

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon was recently shown in U.S.-spec form at the 2018 Chicago auto show, but Volkswagen isn’t stopping with the standard model. At the 2018 New York auto show, the German automaker will show a new R-Line appearance package that will be available to all trim levels of the Arteon.

The R-Line package gets you plenty of cosmetic enhancements such as a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, a unique front bumper with large lower air intakes finished in gloss black, a black rear spoiler, an R-Line badge, and black air inlets.

Inside, the R-Line Appearance package adds a new R-Line logo for the welcome graphics when you start the car, contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift lever, paddle shifters, metallic interior accents, black headlights, stainless steel pedals, and door sills with the R-Line logo. Sadly, the R-Line package doesn’t come with any suspension upgrades.

Powering the U.S.-spec 2019 Arteon is a 268-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard while all-wheel drive is optional across the whole lineup. Volkswagen will make the R-Line package available when the 2019 Arteon goes on sale in fall 2018, slotting above the Passat as a more premium entry. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Source: Volkswagen

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Lloyds Bank backs Cheshire housing with £60m funding

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:26
Cheshire housing association Halton Housing has confirmed plans to build 1,000 new homes across the county after securing a £60m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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Quintet of new lettings at Woodlands Industrial Estate in Wiltshire

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:15
HPH Commercial Property has agreed five new lettings covering 24,300 sq ft at its Woodlands Industrial Estate in Westbury following a recent refurbishment.
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Odeon picks Manchester's 8 First Street for new premises

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:08
Odeon Cinema is under offer to take 26,000 sq ft of office space at 8 First Street, a 170,000 sq ft Grade A office development in Manchester city centre.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:07
Last year, the Mercedes GL became the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Though it wasn’t entirely new, the SUV gained a new nose and some new features as it added another letter in its name. It’s still one of the more charming three-row luxury SUVs on the road, and its impressive all-weather and cargo-hauling talents get an unexpected but totally...
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2019 Kia K900 Shown Ahead of New York Auto Show

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:45

Entering its second generation, the 2019 Kia K900 receives a new grille, bigger proportions, and more luxurious features befitting a flagship sedan. The new K900 will make its world debut at the New York auto show on March 28.

The K900 receives a new design that makes it more distinct from other models in the Kia lineup. A new grille features 176 jewel-like cells, which Kia says are “suggestive of released energy accelerating from the center.” Unlike the rounded headlights on its predecessor, the new K900 has squared-off headlights. Chrome adorns the base of the doors, the window frame, lower rear section, and the exhaust housings. The taillights are now oriented vertically and remind us a little of the lights on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Sitting on a new platform, the new K900 is longer and wider than the previous version, with a wheelbase that is 2.3 inches bigger. Kia also made the front and rear overhangs shorter and pushed the wheels farther out to the corners of the car. These changes help improve ride quality and open up space inside the cabin, Kia says. Although we have praised the K900 for its comfortable cabin, we hope Kia has improved the sedan’s steering and fixed some of its body roll problems for the new generation.

Inside, the cabin boasts a wrap-around design in which wood and metal veneers blend seamlessly from the doors to the dashboard. Look for genuine leather upholstery with quilted surfaces, a new steering wheel, and a new analog clock designed in collaboration with Swiss watch brand Maurice Lacroix.

The new 12.3-inch HMI screen can be controlled by a manual dial on the base of the center console. Drivers can select one of seven colors for ambient lighting, and there are 64 different ways to alter light levels in the cabin. Expect a simplified array of buttons compared to the previous version.

Expect the K900 to be closely related to the Genesis G90. It could receive the same engines, including a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 or a 5.0-liter V-8.

Kia will manufacture the new flagship sedan in Korea. Although we’re not sure of exact timing for the U.S., Kia says the vehicle will go on sale across different global markets starting from the second quarter of this year.

Source: Kia

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