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Property Week News Feed: Deka buys the Verde in Victoria

The Top Zones - 13 hours 54 min ago
Deka Immobilien, the investment arm of Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale, has bought the Verde office building in London Victoria.
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Property Week News Feed: CBRE GI wins mandate from world’s largest pension fund

The Top Zones - 14 hours 24 min ago
Japan’s £1trn Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has awarded its first global real estate mandate to CBRE Global Investment Partners.
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Motortrend News Feed: A Decade’s Progress – Reference Mark

The Top Zones - 14 hours 37 min ago

When Motor Trend started Best Driver’s Car back in 2007 (when it was known briefly as “Best Handling Car”), only one car in the field offered more than 500 horsepower—the 505-hp Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which we characterized as a “fire breather.”

Lord only knows what our 2007 staff would have made of an SUV showing up with just as many ponies under the hood, as we had this year with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Or that, in just over a decade, Chevy engineers would create a ’Vette with an apocalyptic 755 horsepower.

In fact, 500 horsepower has nearly become the cost of entry into BDC these days. Seven of our entrants this year blasted past that barrier, and we could have added a couple more to the field were it not for things like “the value equation” (Civic Type R), “the surprise quotient” (Kia Stinger GT), and “staying true to our handling roots” (Mazda Miata).

Even the midpack cars approaching the five-century horsepower number are tremendous. The Audi TT RS has a 2.5-liter inline-five that pours out a gargling, snarling 400 horsepower. Consider the circa 2007 Porsche GT3 (winner of our debut Best Handling Car contest) barely exceeded that number—and we called it “a race car for the street.”

How far we have come, indeed.

Of course, all that power means nothing if you can’t get it to the pavement. Advancements in transmission technology and durability, not to mention tire stickiness, mean quarter-mile times have plummeted.

This marks the eighth year that we have conducted the World’s Greatest Drag Race. The winner of WGDR No. 1 was the 2012 Nissan GT-R, which turned in an 11.2-second quarter mile at 121.8 mph. Pretty impressive, right? If we were to run that year’s Godzilla against the collective WGDR pack, it would finish 22nd.

How quick is progress? The top three WGDR finishers this year all smoked last year’s winning Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous. Just as we’d caught our collective breath thinking Elon had cracked the quick-acceleration code with batteries and motor-generators, the internal combustion boys have come roaring back.

But it’s more than just raw power. Suspension and traction technology improvements allow for handling performance that would have blown the minds of our 2007 judges.

Our 2007 winner of “max lateral g” was the Porsche Cayman S, which handled a respectable 1.001 g load that we described as “impeccably balanced.” Consider that this year a Ford Mustang and a Honda Civic Type R either matched or beat that skidpad number (granted, the testing was done on different surfaces, but still).

But let’s look at the extremes, too. If the Cayman’s winning 1.00 g was considered impressive in 2007, consider that five cars easily bested that score this year, topped by the Porsche GT2 RS’ face-warping 1.17 lateral g rating. If 1.00 g pulls hard at your innards, 1.17 flings them into next week.

To think, 2007 wasn’t that long ago. Sure, the intervening recession has made it harder to recall that era, but remember the average car on the road today was made in that year. It’s not like we’re showing grainy black-and-white movies here.

So does that make the 2018 field light-years better than what was around a decade ago? To some technically minded folks, the answer is a definitive yes. But there also exist many drivers for whom a particular generation of 911 delights them—be it a 1973 RS 2.7, a 1987 911 Carrera with a G50 manual, or that 10-year-old GT3 whose 415 horsepower is “just right.” Is the current GT2 RS’ outrageous 691 hp too much? Ask me in another decade.

More by Mark Rechtin:

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Motortrend News Feed: Doubling and Tripling Down on Best Driver’s Car – The Lohdown

The Top Zones - 14 hours 38 min ago

What an amazing week this has been. Absolutely epic. I’m proud to say it is by far the most ambitious Best Driver’s Car program—and Best Driver’s Car Week—we’ve ever attempted. We really poured our hearts into this one and pulled together the most ridiculous set of supercars and superstars—from our test drivers and editors to our visual creatives and special guests. I hope you agree this is automotive storytelling at its finest—both within the pages of Motor Trend and at MotorTrend.com, MotorTrendOnDemand.com, and on TV’s new Motor Trend Network, formerly known as Velocity.

There is so much to stir the soul in this year’s BDC, I don’t want to lose sight of a few of the special moments. First, study the photos above. That, my friends, is the business end of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. I wasn’t there for this shot, but I nearly throttled the guys lucky enough to see it in person. The only reason I didn’t is that nobody knew our crew would end up at this particular hangar located at a far edge of the stunning Vandenberg Air Force Base—or that the massive bay doors would slide back to reveal more than 1.4 million pounds of total thrust.

So I have to give a shout-out to Colonel Michael Hough and his exceptional crew of airmen at the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing. For the second year in a row, we were hosted by the Air Force’s finest team of professionals for two very special editions of our World’s Greatest Drag Race. We didn’t think we could do better than our first visit to Vandenberg, but as you’ll see in this year’s drag race videos (yes, plural), we doubled down in more ways than one.

That goes for the entire BDC program; we doubled down with video coverage of our Route 198 hill climb to make sure we got the best footage without shortchanging driver evaluations. We added a third day at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the same reason and dropped in two additional production days to finish off the 60-minute Best Driver’s Car selection video. That video is hosted by Jonny, staff pro racer Randy Pobst, and, new for this year, drift king Jethro Bovingdon (on loan from Automobile and Head 2 Head), not to mention two other special guests we added to the video mix. Heck, we even tripled down on the finest tacos in Central California.

Enough bragging. Ready for liftoff? Head to MotorTrend.com/bdc to watch it with your kids and please enjoy the ride.

Tacos y quesadillas y Mike Finnegan? More from Ed Loh:

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Property Week News Feed: Commercial Property REIT sees share price fall

The Top Zones - 15 hours 14 min ago
Share in Commercial Property REIT nudged down 0.11% on Thursday after the newly formed REIT reported a net asset value total return of 3.9% in its half year results.
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Motortrend News Feed: Travis Pastrana Gives Us the Dirt on Nitro Rallycross

The Top Zones - 16 hours 8 min ago

If you’ve never seen a rallycross event before, you probably should. It’s essentially the action sports version of motorsport, with huge jumps, alternate routes, plenty of dirt, and world-class drivers who love to fly around (literally) in high-strung, rally-style cars. We caught up with the megastar of the action sports set and the driving force behind the Nitro Circus and Nitro World Games extravaganzas, Travis Pastrana, ahead of the first-ever Nitro Rallycross taking place near Salt Lake City, Utah. The motorcycle stunt king and rallycross racer gave us the lowdown on what fans can expect to see starting this Saturday.

(You can watch the Nitro Rallycross live on the Velocity channel or the Motor Trend App. Qualifiers and heat races start September 22, at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern. Semifinals and finals start September 23, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern).

Can you give us a little background on what the Nitro Circus is all about?

Nitro Circus is basically started from a group of friends. Guys from all around the world would come and really try to learn back flips and we filmed everything. Then we got picked up on MTV. A couple of us were under the influence of Johnny Knoxville, which was a scary proposition.

Then we started our live touring show about 10 years ago and we tour pretty much every continent in a year, about 70 shows with the world’s best action sports athletes. We just started Nitro World Games three years ago, which is basically a big air action sports [event]. We were doing bigger stuff in our backyard than they could do at any of the biggest contests because our ramps were just a lot bigger. It’s been a cool ride.

Tell us more about Nitro Rallycross.

This thing is really a motorhead’s dream. We’ve gone away from the stadium because we wanted more room for motorsports. And this is the first year we’re having rally.

We’ve got first-time guys like Mattias Ekström, the 2016 World Rallycross champion, as well as Ken Block coming to race rallycross for the first time in a while. We have Scott Speed and Tanner Foust and that’s just to name a few of the guys coming out.

This track has a double 130-foot jump on the track. And that jump goes over top of a tabletop that’s underneath it, and if you don’t want to take either jump, it’s a slower route, but you can go underneath the tabletop and underneath of the jump, so there could be three cars overtop each other at the same time in in one event in one lap. This is basically taking rallycross and making it “America” style and “Nitro” style by adding huge jumps, Talladega, berms, and lots of dirt, more dirt than anywhere else. That’s really how to rallycross. This isn’t a parking lot demolition derby—it’s a full-on track.

What other big air stuff can fans expect to see?

Our ramps are twice to three times as big as any other contest. In the quarter pipe these guys will be going over 80 feet off the ground. So, that’s eight stories plus, with a 250-pound bike over their head.

We’re also adding the quarter pipe, which is the biggest quarter pipe ever made for motorcycles, so [I’m] really excited about the events and [we’ll] see what happens.

If you had unlimited budget, what event would you want to put on?

This is it. We’re living it right now. Having the rallycross this weekend has been a long time in the making. Finally, we were able to pull the trigger on it and I’m really looking forward to having an amazing event.

You can see how high Pastrana and the rest of the Nitro Rallycross drivers will fly live on the Velocity channel or the Motor Trend App. Qualifiers and heat races start September 22, at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern. Semifinals and finals start September 23, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus: 6 Things to Know

The Top Zones - 18 hours 37 min ago

The 2019 Nautilus furthers Lincoln’s mission of reminding luxury buyers it not only exists but is also worth their attention (and money) beyond trips to and from the airport. As a replacement for the five-passenger midsize MKX, the Nautilus looks to sway buyers out of their Lexus RX and BMW X3 crossovers. Don’t miss our full 2019 Nautilus review right here, but if you’re seeking even more info about the new Lincoln, keep reading.

From Navigator to Nautilus, What a Family (Look)

The Navigator’s influence appears in the Nautilus’ completely redone front styling, from its compound headlights to its updated grille. Like the Navigator SUV and Continental sedan, the Nautilus gets nameplate badges behind the front wheels, reserving the back of the car for a large L I N C O L N badge. In person, I found the Nautilus badges on the front doors too big, but the Lincoln badge out back looks great.

Going All Out

Lincoln offers an impressive number of luxury features on the 2019 Nautilus, just like its MKX predecessor. About that crossover, Lincoln says the second-highest Reserve trim accounted for a surprisingly high 60 percent of sales. Early Nautilus sales are also heavily weighted toward Reserve and Black Label (the highest trims), which makes sense considering the former’s extra features and 20-inch wheels. The Black Label’s 21-inch wheels are as enormous as they are attractive.

The Black Label trim is available with the turbo-four or twin-turbo-six engine and with front- or all-wheel drive.

Looking Beyond the Label

There’s more to the Black Label trim than extra features and a much, much higher price. Aside from the Nautilus Black Label’s upgraded leather, Alcantara headliner, dual-panel sunroof, interesting interior color schemes, and 21-inch wheels, you also get four years or 50,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. One free detail a year for the first four years of ownership is also part of the deal, as is an extended 50-mile range for Pickup and Delivery, instead of the 20 miles standard with other models. With the service, a valet picks up your car when it’s time for service, leaves you a loaner car, and returns your car once it’s done, so you never need to visit the dealer.


Although fuel economy from the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ 2.0-liter turbo-four isn’t as impressive as you’d think, the new base engine’s EPA-anticipated 20–21/25–26 mpg city/highway figures are improvements over the outgoing base engine, a 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6. In fact, Lincoln tells us the 2.0-liter, which provides customers a greater driving range, was a late addition to the package of changes the automaker made to the 2019 Nautilus.

Low Displacement, High Volume

Lincoln expects the new 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine option will be the volume engine. The four-cylinder powerplant produces 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, compared to the $2,070-extra 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6’s 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. Lincoln does a good job of reducing road and engine noise from all Nautilus models, but when you do hear that 2.0-liter engine, it’s not a very luxurious engine note.

Just over 70 percent of MKX sales in the past were for crossovers with the 3.7-liter V-6; Lincoln predicts the 335-hp 2.7-liter engine will pick up a few percentage points on the Nautilus, with most customers sticking with the 2.0-liter turbo-four.

What If I Want Three Rows?

When your vehicle needs call for something larger than the five-passenger 2019 Nautilus but less expensive than the $70,000-plus Navigator, Lincoln currently offers the MKT. Based on the Ford Flex, the MKT is a three-row crossover that’s been around for years. Before long, Lincoln’s next three-row crossover will make its debut. With a rear-drive platform, a plug-in hybrid option, and styling that reflects the hot-selling Navigator, the Aviator should better bridge the gap between the Nautilus and that even larger SUV serving as the brand’s flagship. Learn more about the Aviator here.

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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus First Drive: Challenging Lexus With Comfort and Style

The Top Zones - 18 hours 37 min ago

Before you even glimpse the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ updated sheetmetal, the American crossover has already distinguished itself from the Lexus RX and its European rivals. Ditching dry alphanumeric names is a crucial move for a brand looking to extend the new Navigator’s momentum down to a segment Lexus owns with the RX, but Lincoln will need more than just a new name to elevate the game of a two-row crossover formerly known as the MKX. We drove the new Nautilus to determine where the updated model fits in a very competitive segment.

The Ford Edge–based luxury crossover starts with a four-cylinder base engine that wasn’t initially part of Lincoln’s plans for this 2019-model-year refresh. The 2.0-liter turbo-four replaces the MKX’s 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and is good for 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that the 2019 Nautilus’ base engine has two fewer cylinders than what you’re used to—the engine moves the Nautilus with enough authority around town that it doesn’t feel like a slug. And thanks to the new engine, fuel economy and driving range see meaningful improvements compared to that old 3.7-liter V-6. It’s just a shame that sticking with the Nautilus’ 2.0-liter base engine doesn’t translate to a jump in fuel economy compared to the V-6 option; EPA-anticipated fuel economy for the Lincoln’s base engine is 20–21/25–26 mpg city/highway, compared to the much more powerful V-6’s 19–20/26–27 mpg. For comparison, the 295-hp 2019 Lexus RX 350 is EPA-rated at 19–20/26–27 mpg.

If you’re committed to outrunning other luxury crossovers for that last parking spot at Whole Foods, spend the extra $2,070 for the 335-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, which produces 380 lb-ft of torque. You feel that power on the road, and perhaps just as important for a luxury-branded vehicle, the muted engine note sounds much stronger than the slightly wheezy—but admittedly hushed—tones you hear from the 2.0-liter engine. Plus, the difference in fuel economy is negligible. With both engines, a new eight-speed automatic almost always provides smooth shifts and is clearly tuned more for comfort than snap-of-your-fingers aggressive throttle response.

And really, there’s nothing wrong with that. Although the roads on which we drove the 2019 Nautilus were nearly devoid of potholes and imperfections, every Lincoln we drove provided a reasonably comfortable ride—even the ones with gorgeous, oversized 21-inch wheels. Most Nautilus models ride on an adaptive suspension with basic customizable settings buried in a submenu of the well-executed 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The idea is to set Drive and Sport mode preferences once (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) and then never have to find that settings page again. Moving from the car’s most comfortable setting to Sport mode revealed noticeable changes in throttle response and steering weight, but the suspension modifications were harder to discern. Although the crossover doesn’t drive sloppily on winding roads, the Lincoln feels more disconnected than an Alfa Romeo Stelvio or sporty variants of more luxury-minded competitors.

The Nautilus is quiet, too. Except for a little noticeable wind noise, the updated Lincoln effectively eliminates most of the outside world so you can concentrate on your massage from the Ultra Comfort front seats. Consider conducting a test-sit of that pricey $1,500 option (on the top two trims) before buying a Nautilus without them. The seats are 22-way adjustable, heated, and ventilated, and—perfect for your evening commute—they can give you a lumbar massage. The ventilation fans were a bit loud, but the massaging feature wasn’t nearly as loud in the Nautilus as it was in a Continental Motor Trend tested last year with similar seats or even an MKX from a 2016 comparison—we hope that improvement is representative of how well the feature is integrated on Lincolns moving forward.

Even if you don’t splurge on $1,500 massaging seats, every 2019 Lincoln Nautilus includes a package of active safety tech with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a lane keeping system that can nudge you back into your lane. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tells us it has yet to test the 2019 Nautilus’ headlights and automatic emergency braking, the 2018 MKX received a top score in front crash prevention and earned Good ratings in crashworthiness safety tests. (The latter ratings will carry over to the Nautilus.) The new Lincoln also offers evasive steering assist and a lane centering system that, when combined with the available adaptive cruise control, may impress buyers by how little driver input is required once both systems are active. The lane centering system shows promise, but on a brief stint of Route 101 along the California coast, it required more steering course corrections than should be necessary. Were it my Nautilus on a long road trip, I’d stick with the adaptive cruise and the more basic but still helpful lane keeping assist.

Along with the attractive (and standard) digital instrument cluster, the Nautilus gets by with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that’s too small for the class and mounted too low on the center stack for optimal visibility. Go for a fully loaded Nautilus Black Label … and that 8.0-inch screen is still part of the package. At least the infotainment system is easy to use, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two features still unavailable at any price on the Lexus RX. The Nautilus also offers an integrated navigation system with pinch-to-zoom functionality for those times when your phone lacks reception.

The interior is otherwise solid, but there are a few minor issues. Lower-end models end up with a long black plastic placeholder trim piece on the right side of the center stack where loaded Nautilus crossovers with a tech package add buttons for a multicamera surround-view system, a feature that can steer the Lincoln into a parking space, and parking sensors. The slim silver buttons for HVAC controls might take some getting used to, as well—they’re easy enough to use, but knobs would be easier. The same goes for the volume control on the steering wheel—it’s placed too low for ultimate convenience, but it’s workable. The front passenger footwell could be a bit more spacious, too, and a head-up display isn’t available.

Where the 2019 Nautilus earns back some points is with its decently spacious rear seat and rear-seat backrest recline controls conveniently placed at the passenger’s thigh—this isn’t as universal a feature as you’d think. Neither is the Lincoln’s helpful addition of rear-seat headrests that can fold down, increasing rear visibility, or the one-touch buttons in the cargo area that fold down the rear seats.

Especially on the Reserve and Black Label trims, the Nautilus leaves potential buyers with a surprising number of interior color options—we’d recommend options with real wood trim instead of the aluminum, which doesn’t contrast enough with the adjacent silver center-stack trim. Refreshingly, Lincoln doesn’t force buyers to pay for the V-6 to go for fully equipped Black Label models, so if you aren’t bothered by the four-cylinder’s engine sound, you’ve got a couple thousand bonus dollars to spend on more options.

As Lincoln claws its way back to luxury relevance, the Nautilus’ best feature is where you don’t have to drive it. With Pickup and Delivery available on every new Lincoln during the four-year/50,000-mile warranty, Nautilus owners never need to visit a dealer for service. Instead, a valet will drive your car away from a location of your choice within 20 miles of the dealership—or 50 if you’re driving a Black Label car—and leave you with a loaner car while your Lincoln is being serviced. Once your car is ready, a valet returns it to you.

The 2019 Nautilus picks up where the already competent 2018 MKX left off. It’s not a knockout package within its segment, but the Lincoln makes lots of smart moves. Greater efficiency and more value once you add AWD and options would be appreciated, but the Nautilus still offers a number of cool luxury features and touches. So if you’re ready for softer styling and are tired—tired—of waiting for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto from your preferred automaker as a non-subscription-based option, the Nautilus is ready to step in. Lincoln can’t compete with Lexus or BMW on snob appeal, but if you’re ready for something different, give a Nautilus Reserve or Black Label a try.

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The Car Connection News Feed: 215,000 Nissan crossover SUVs and sedans recalled over fire risk

The Top Zones - 18 hours 38 min ago
A faulty braking system component that could leak flammable fluid prompted Nissan on Thursday to recall 215,000 crossover SUVs and sedans. The recall covers about 215,000 vehicles including the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2017-2018 Nissan Pathfinder, 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, and 2017 Infiniti QX60. MORE: Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi to switch to...
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Property Week News Feed: Stenprop puts Euston House on the market

The Top Zones - 23 hours 39 min ago
REIT is selling assets to finance push to be first UK ‘serviced industrial’ provider.
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Property Week News Feed: UKCP REIT turns in 3.9% NAV total return

The Top Zones - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:21
UK Commercial Property REIT has reported a net asset value total return of 3.9% half year results.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Genesis G70 undercuts Germans, costs $35,895

The Top Zones - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 04:01
The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury compact sedan will directly challenge established rivals when it goes on sale this year, starting with its relatively low price. Genesis on Wednesday said that the 2019 G70 will cost $35,895 to start. That price includes a mandatory $895 destination charge, and it's less costly than competitive vehicles from BMW...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Nissan Versa Note adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility

The Top Zones - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 04:01
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note will be available with Apple and Android smartphone integration when the subcompact hatchback goes on sale soon, the automaker said Wednesday. Nissan's announcement puts the Versa Note hatchback in line with the Versa sedan, which also gained smartphone compatibility this year. MORE: 2019 Nissan Versa still America's...
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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Genesis G70 Starts at $35,895

The Top Zones - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 02:04

Pricing for the 2019 Genesis G70 lineup has been revealed, and as predicted the model significantly undercuts its luxury sport sedan competitors. The 2019 G70 will start at $35,895 for a rear-drive 2.0T model when it goes on sale this week.

That amount of money gets you a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It also gets you an impressive list of standard features, including hands-free keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and more. To get a comparably equipped BMW 3 Series you’d have to pay at least $10 grand more.

The 2.0T is available in six trim levels, including Advanced, Elite, Prestige, Dynamic, Sport, and Sport M/T, which starts at $38,895 and gets you a six-speed manual transmission and an extra 3 hp. That model gets a more performance-focused equipment list that includes a multi-plate limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes with performance pads, a sport exhaust system, and 19-inch alloy wheels wearing Michelin PS4 summer tires. The Sport M/T is only available in rear-drive form. On all other models, all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option—except on the 2.0T Prestige where it comes standard.

If you want the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft, you’ll need to pay at least $44,745. That price gets you a 3.3T Advanced model, which builds on the 2.0T Advanced’s standard features with a dual exhaust system, sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, onboard navigation, full LED headlights, heated and cooled leather seats, and a Lexicon 15-speaker audio system. The 3.3T is available in four trims, and all come standard with a limited-slip differential. The 3.3T Prestige starts at $48,995 and adds a head-up display, quilted Nappa leather seats, Dinamica microfiber headliner, heated rear seats, and a 360-degree camera. Topping the range is the 3.3T Sport, which gets an adaptive suspension, copper and dark chrome exterior accents, and 19-inch alloys for $50,495. That’s just slightly more than what the mechanically similar but larger Kia Stinger tops out at.

Genesis is also offering two limited-production models at launch: the Design Special Edition and Dynamic Special Edition. Each will be limited to 400 units, and will pack the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 along with unique styling and a high level of equipment. The Design Edition is based on the 3.3T Prestige, but adds an exclusive Black Forest Green exterior paint scheme, a contrasting cream and dark green interior theme, and a steering wheel wrapped in Pasubio leather. The Dynamic Edition is based on the 3.3T Sport, but adds Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, performance brake pads, unique tuning for the adaptive suspension, upgraded cooling, and a lightweight tire repair kit to replace the spare. The Design Edition starts at $49,745 while the Dynamic Edition starts at $51,245. As with the rest of the lineup, all-wheel drive is available for an extra $2,000.

As a fledgling brand, Genesis has to try harder to stand out in the crowded luxury segment, and the Genesis G70 does just that by offering a premium, sporty driving experience at a very competitive price. Only time will tell if the G70 can lure buyers away from established brands like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and Infiniti.

Source: Genesis

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Property Week News Feed: Queensberry to develop base in Sheffield

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 23:00
Developer and development manager Queensberry plans to open a Northern office in Sheffield, where it manages the £470m Heart of the City scheme.
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Property Week News Feed: Inspired seeks funding to kick off £2bn rental drive

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 23:00
Developer appoints Lacey to nd funding partner for £175m of assets in first step to building £2bn portfolio.
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Property Week News Feed: Milton Park goes nuclear with Tokamak energy expansion

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 23:00
A company that is aiming to become the rst to deliver fusion power at an industrial scale has expanded its presence at MEPC’s Milton Park in Oxfordshire by 30,000 sq ft.
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Motortrend News Feed: Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Renamed to CT6-V

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 21:00

As you’re probably aware, Cadillac has different tiers for its performance vehicles. V-Sport cars make up the tier underneath full V-Series models that provide the most power. It’s much like how there’s a difference between the BMW M550i and the M5. Perhaps to give its flagship sedan an image boost, Cadillac is renaming the CT6 V-Sport to CT6-V, without making any mechanical changes.

Despite the new name, the Cadillac CT6-V will make the same 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque that the CT6 V-Sport debuted with earlier this year. This power comes from a hand-built 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 that GM calls the Blackwing. It produces significantly less power than another full V-Series model, the not-long-for-this-world CTS-V, which is rated at 640 hp and 630 lb-ft.


“Beginning with the debut of the CTS-V Sedan in 2004, the V-Series sub-brand sparked new life into Cadillac,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president and president of GM Global Automotive Group and Cadillac, in a release. “As a result of the overwhelming response the CT6 V-Sport received when revealed in early 2018, we’ve decided to formally make it a V-Series, signaling the expansion of V-Series.”

GM also announced that CT6 Platinum models will get a version of the 4.2-liter engine, which was previously said to be exclusive to the V-Sport. The engine will be detuned to 500 hp and 553 lb-ft in the Platinum trim, however.

The CT6-V is expected to arrive this spring. In addition to the CT6-V, Cadillac says it will expand the V-Series with new variants across the entire lineup starting in 2019. It’s unclear if this includes crossovers like XT4 and XT5, but Caddy say the new V models would get upgraded propulsion systems and brake systems, as well as chassis updates.

Prior to his sudden ousting in April, former Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen had planned to expand the V-Series to enhance the brand’s image as a maker of sporty cars. Whether his replacement, Steve Carlisle, is following that plan or charting his own course, we don’t know. But this announcement does alter a product built on de Nysschen’s watch, even if it only changes a badge. Last we heard, Cadillac will still go forward with the CT4 and CT5 to replace the ATS and CTS. The brand is also looking to expand its crossover lineup beyond the XT4 and XT5.

Source: GM

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Motortrend News Feed: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo Previews Future of Commercial Vehicles

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 19:20

Volkswagen reimagined the Microbus when it introduced the I.D. Buzz concept in early 2017. This all-electric remake seats up to eight people in a living-room style seating environment. Now, the automaker is revealing a cargo version designed for commercial use.

Like the passenger version, the I.D. Buzz Cargo concept sits on the flexible MEB platform for electric vehicles. This architecture can accommodate batteries with ranges of around 205 miles to more than 310 miles on the European scale. While the I.D. Buzz passenger van will enter production in 2022, the cargo model could launch as early as 2021, the automaker says. Eventually, the model will support autonomous driving and allow drivers to get more work done while on the road.

The cargo version deviates from the Buzz passenger concept with a new solar roof that can add about 9 miles of range per day. It also receives wide-opening rear wing doors that help workers load and unload the van. A workbench can fold out when the wing doors are opened. Volkswagen also redesigned the rear bumper for the cargo version.

Acting as a mobile workspace, the I.D. Buzz Cargo features shelves fitted with sensors and other technologies that make it possible for the driver to track all items on board. While the vehicle operates in autonomous mode, drivers can process orders, perform stock checks, or take care of other business matters via the on-board computer.

A Pick-by-Light function illuminates the specific tool a driver is looking for on a shelf at a given time. And with Safety Check, drivers will know if they’re missing any important tools for the job before they take off. Drivers can use battery power to charge their work tools through 230-volt sockets.

On this particular concept, which debuted at the Hannover auto show in Germany, there is a 150-kW electric motor paired to a lithium-ion battery. As is the case with all MEB-platform vehicles, this battery sits under the floor to lower the van’s center of gravity. Customers can fast-charge the battery to 80 percent capacity in as little as 15 minutes.

The Buzz vans will join other models in VW’s upcoming I.D. family, including a hatch, crossover, and sedan. The hatch will go into production first, launching late next year in Europe.

Source: Volkswagen

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Property Week News Feed: Ribston buys Warrington business park for £19.2m

The Top Zones - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:53
Taylor Business Park in Warrington has been bought by industrial property specialist Ribston for £19.2m.
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