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Property Week News Feed: TK Maxx to let over 37,000 sq ft at Queensgate shopping centre

The Top Zones - 10 hours 13 min ago
Lendlease and Invesco Real Estate will lease a 37,500 sq ft unit to retailer TK Maxx at its Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough.
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Property Week News Feed: Final tenant secured at One Bartholomew

The Top Zones - 10 hours 21 min ago
Financial services business finnCap has signed a lease for the final floor of AshbyCapital and Helical’s City of London office building One Bartholomew.
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Property Week News Feed: Valesco Group acquires Finance Tower for €1.2bn

The Top Zones - 11 hours 29 min ago
The Valesco Group has acquired the Finance Tower in Brussels for €1.2bn in one of the largest real estate deals in Europe in recent years.
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Property Week News Feed: Intu plans equity raise next month

The Top Zones - 12 hours 19 min ago
Intu has confirmed that it is planning to raise fresh equity next month in an effort to shore up its balance sheet.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 BMW 8-Series

The Top Zones - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 13:00
Last year, BMW revived the 8-Series after a 20-year absence. The return of the new flagship is complete with the 2020 BMW 8-Series. The full lineup now comes as coupe or convertible in 840i, M8, M8 Competition, as well as a four-door Gran Coupe full-size sedan. Why does BMW offer so many iterations of what will overall be a low-selling vehicle?...
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The Car Connection News Feed: First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

The Top Zones - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:09
I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s Sunshine Coast for this first drive because Oz is...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 BMW X6

The Top Zones - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 13:00
The BMW X6 crossover coupe’s always been ahead of the styling curve by defying both convention and practicality. Now, in a market awash with coupe-overs, the X6 still takes the lead. The redesigned 2020 BMW X6 looks sharper, is more powerful and more efficient, and comes loaded with more standard features. It earns a 6.6 out of 10. (Read...
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Motortrend News Feed: Ogle Suzuki’s Jimny 4×4—Because It’s Not Coming to the U.S. and That’s All You Can Do

The Top Zones - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 02:41

You’re forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Suzuki Jimny is—or for calling it the “Jimmy,” which was a GMC SUV in the ‘90s. The little 4×4 isn’t sold here in the U.S., which is really too bad because it’s the small, affordable, elemental SUV that’s been missing from American dealerships since Jeep’s Wrangler went huge, Hyundai and Kia grew up and started building crossovers, and Suzuki left the U.S. market entirely. With off-roaders roaring back, however, it’s worth taking a few moments to drool over the Jimny.

The Suzuki’s spec sheet describes a delightfully sparse yet rugged little vehicle. You can have your Jimny any way you want as long as it’s with two doors, a fixed roof, and four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. A 101-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder can be paired with either a four-speed automatic (throwback!) or a proper five-speed manual. You can probably guess which transmission does a better job extracting maximum performance, if that’s the right word, from that tiny engine. Just like a Wrangler, the Suzuki rides on coil-sprung solid axles front and rear. Dripping wet, a fully optioned Jimny weighs about 2500 pounds (the lightest version tips the scales, barely, at 2400 pounds). And from its snub nose to its externally mounted spare tire in back, it measures just under 12 feet long.

In today’s world, where vehicles increasingly isolate drivers and passengers from the road and the surrounding world, the starkly elemental Jimny is a throwback in modern clothing. The Interior is simple, though, yes, it offers a touchscreen, and the exterior is highlighted by big round headlights, bumpers, and lots of flat sheetmetal. (In fact, if its styling looks a little familiar, it’s because the second-generation Jimny from the ‘80s was sold here as the Samurai.) It’s so right, we previously wrote a pleading story for Ford, begging it to take notes from the Jimny for its upcoming Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs. From what we know about the bigger Ford Bronco, it likely towers over the spindly Suzuki. But we can all hope the smaller, lighter Bronco Sport takes a few cues from the Jimny, can’t we? Just look for yourself in the gallery below:

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Motortrend News Feed: GMC Shot a Freaking Sofa (and Lots of Other Stuff) at Its Carbon-Fiber Pickup Bed

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 23:30

Carbon fiber is strong and lightweight, making it a favored component in race cars and exotic road vehicles, and GMC is out to prove the material’s worth to the masses. GMC, you see, recently introduced the carbon-fiber CarbonPro bed for its mainstream Sierra full-size pickup, and the brand is using a new commercial to show off the truck bed’s strength. After all, it seems any time a pickup-truck manufacturer introduces a new material for its beds that isn’t steel—like when Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-150 debuted—it feels the need to advertise how stout that material is.

To that end, the 30-second spot (below) airing during the NFL playoff games consists almost entirely of various projectiles being flung at the GMC CarbonPro bed, including a high-speed watermelon, brick, TV, and even a sofa! So, should your pickup-truck needs involve trips through weather systems dropping and/or hurling those items and other detritus, GMC’s got your bed covered. 

Actually, we’re only half-joking about the weather system part. Before producing the ad, GMC went to Miami, Florida to witness how hurricane-force winds turn everyday objects into deadly projectiles. The brand then sent a bare CarbonPro bed, as well as the beds of its competition (presumably those of a Ram 1500 and Ford F-150), to Los Angeles, California to test how each box fares in collisions with potential projectiles from a hurricane by hurling such projectiles at it at simulated hurricane speeds.

Needless to say, the CarbonPro takes everything like a champ. A brick breaks into a thousand pieces, a watermelon unceremoniously explodes, and the couch bounces off the bed like a child on a trampoline. It’s quite a show, and we’re sure the ad will convince a few consumers to spring for the exotic bed. And just as Ford’s aluminum bed inspired General Motors to run ads showing it to be weak and puncturable—take it with a grain of salt, GM is a competitor, after all—GMC’s ad could spur Ford or Ram to exploit any CarbonPro weakness real or imagined for TV commercials of their own.

The CarbonPro Edition guise is limited to Sierra 1500 Crew Cab AT4 and Denali models with the short box, which sticker for $61,905 and $71,450, respectively. That’s a far cry from the base Sierra’s $31,195 price. Then again, what other truck’s bed offers a built-in juice business? Fling enough watermelons into the CarbonPro Edition’s bed and you might just find yourself with enough sellable juice to make up for its high cost of entry. 

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Motortrend News Feed: 500,000 Teslas Being Investigated Over Unintended Acceleration Claims

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 21:22

The U.S. government is looking into claims that certain Tesla vehicles suffer a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration. According to a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 110 crashes and 52 injuries linked to the issue. Keep in mind that unintended acceleration is a buzzword both because the idea that a car might accelerate on its own, without input from the driver, is scary and because other automakers such as Toyota and Audi have in the past been tangled up with similar accusations.

This latest NHTSA petition cites 127 consumer complaints involving 123 unique Tesla vehicles. Around 500,000 vehicles are affected by the inquiry, including 2012–2019 Tesla Model S sedans, 2016–2019 Tesla Model X SUVs, and 2018–2019 Tesla Model 3 sedans.

One complaint references an alleged incident from November 2018 in which a Model X accelerated on its own while making a U-turn, even though the driver claims to have been pressing the brakes. The electric SUV apparently hit a parked vehicle and left the owner with bruises as a result. Another complaint from a Model S owner alleges the car accelerated unintentionally while pulling into a parking spot in 2013, causing it to hit a light post.

Tesla has not yet responded to our request for comment on the matter. But this situation on its face seems to closely mimic Toyota’s relatively recent unintended acceleration scandal from 2010, when the automaker recalled millions of vehicles. Now, as then, things might not be so black-and-white. A NASA probe into Toyota found no evidence that an electronics malfunction caused unintended accelerations in the automaker’s products. But government agencies identified other problems, namely sticky accelerator pedals and a design flaw allowing pedals to be trapped by floor mats. And in our own testing on the matter, we determined that even if an electronic glitch were to befall a Toyota or any other contemporary vehicle that led to unintended throttle applications, modern braking systems are strong enough to overpower the engine and bring the car to a safe stop.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens in Tesla’s case. For now, NHTSA will review the findings and decide whether or not to open a formal defect investigation.

Source: NHTSA, Associated Press

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Motortrend News Feed: Watch Out, NASA, Forget SpaceX—Lexus Is Designing Vehicles for the Moon

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:40

It seems Lexus’s design department has grown a little bored with designing vehicles for Earth. The company recently released a series of design sketches for a distraction of sorts for its in-house artists: Lunar rovers and various spacecraft. And this isn’t the first time Toyota or one of its divisions has let their minds wander to the cosmos.

Now, Lexus designers didn’t just sit down one day, pass around some hallucinogenic drugs, and then pick up their pens. At least, they didn’t do so on their own. All of these spacy concepts were born from the Lunar Design Project, a collaboration between Lexus and Toyota’s European design studio intended to “imagine human life on the moon” and pose questions such as “How shall we live [on the moon]? What will it look like? What will we wear? What will we drive?”

So, yeah, none of these concept drawings will probably ever come to life—let alone be sent to the freakin’ moon. Still, we wanted to show them off anyway, for they’re a fascinating peek into Lexus designers’ freakiest imaginations. Who knows, maybe the next IS will look something like what’s in these sketches. There’s just no way to be sure how far Lexus is willing to go—after all, it clearly seems to be shooting for the moon here. So, move over Tesla sending a Roadster to space in a SpaceX rocket, and skip past imagination-free NASA, because these Lexus space vehicles are takin’ over beyond our atmosphere:

Zero Gravity Motorcycle

Lexus has taken its signature design language and modified it for zero (or at least low) gravity. This Tron-esque light cycle–looking thing is supposedly designed to take Lexus’s “spindle” form to space and help eager explorers easily (and, perhaps, stylishly?) glide over the rutted surface of the moon. Think of it as a moped for space that has a top speed of 300 mph. That’s pretty cool. Hey Lexus, why not just make one for Earth?

Bouncing Moon Roller

If bikes really aren’t your thing, maybe, um, balls are! Lexus calls its Bouncing Moon Roller a ball protected by a flexible graphene nanotube–based bubble, and says it is for traversing the surface of the moon without being disturbed by its lumps and bumps. What’s more, if you’re not feeling much like rolling to your destination, the bubble can apparently bounce on command to hop anywhere you please.

Lexus Lunar Cruiser

Not unlike the iconic Land Cruiser SUV that Toyota sells—and has underpinned several equivalent Lexus models over the years—the Lunar Cruiser is a multipurpose vehicle. As its name implies, however, its scope goes beyond the Land Cruiser’s. The Lunar Cruiser is for use on land and in the sky—on the moon. The wheels function normally while the LC is on the ground, but they can pivot 90 degrees to vertical and morph into fans that help the cruiser fly like a drone. What Lexus apparently forgot is that moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, and there is no sky, so there is no flying to do, unless you use thrusters.

Lexus Lunar Mission

The Lunar Mission concept is Lexus’s answer to the space shuttle, and it is designed to be someone’s first experience with lunar travel. The design brief for the Lunar Mission says, and we’re not joking about this: “The design integrates a liquid side body, which can reflect the universe while flying toward the moon.” Even though we haven’t the first (or second, or third) idea what that means, it sounds like a much more interesting way to get to the moon than one of those pedestrian-looking rocket ships we have today.

Lexus Moon Racer

Designed to effortlessly race across the moon’s surface, the Lexus Moon Racer looks like a cross between a Lamborghini Egoista (remember that bad boy?) and Tesla’s new ATV. Lexus says you can use the vehicle to jump, climb, and race your way to any part of the moon, as long as you’re cool with doing it all by yourself. That’s right, much like that wild Lambo concept of old, the Moon Racer can support only one occupant.

Lexus Lunar

Unlike the Moon Racer, this six-wheeled behemoth is designed with serious practicality in mind. Where that concept seats just one, the Lunar (yeah, we keep thinking there’s more to the name than just “Lunar,” but that’s what Lexus is calling it) is designed to be so large it could mobilize an entire moon village. In fact, the top half of the rig is a living area, and part of it can actually detach from the wheels and actually sustain a new lunar colony. Human space imperialism aside, the Lunar also happens to be the closest thing to a space tank we’ve seen yet, and it looks very rad.

Lexus Cosmos

This carrot-shaped wonder is the future of space luxury, according to Lexus, anyway. It’s designed as a fancy way to take in spacial scenery while keeping you suspended in zero gravity at the same time—although on that point any container will do when you’re suspended in zero gravity, be it a long clear suppository like the Cosmos or a plastic bag or a dumpster. With the cockpit at the back, the Cosmo is supposed to effortlessly shuttle you from the lunar surface to outer space and back again. Oh, and it’s made entirely of glass, so don’t even think about throwing any rocks!

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Motortrend News Feed: 2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition Is Ready to Tackle Winter

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:08

Jeep is introducing a host of North Edition models to take the sting out of the coldest months of the year. Offered across the entire lineup, from the Compass to the Gladiator, North Edition models aren’t much different than regular Jeeps, but they bundle together a few helpful features for driving in ice and snow and keeping the cabin warm in the winter.

North Edition models come standard with four- or all-wheel drive, complemented by all-season or all-terrain tires for tackling wintry conditions. And just in case you get stuck out in the elements, there are tow hooks and a Jeep Trail Rated kit with tow strap, D-rings, carabiner, gloves, and a safety kit. Heated seats, a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, power heated mirrors, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather, and all-weather floor mats round out the list of notable standard features.

Pictured here is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition, based on the mid-range Overland trim. Prices for this model start at a cool $47,215. Here are prices for the entire North Edition range:

2020 Jeep Cherokee (Latitude): $31,250
2020 Jeep Compass (Sport): $29,295
2020 Jeep Gladiator (Overland): $47,215
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Laredo): $40,285
2020 Jeep Renegade (Sport): $28,165
2020 Jeep Wrangler (Sahara): $45,960

All of Jeep’s 2020 North Edition models are now on sale, except for the Renegade North Edition, which weirdly arrives in March, just as winter is fading into spring.

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Audi A4 returns, Tesla subject to NHTSA safety petition, Honda Clarity PHEV updated: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:53
Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 returns to the U.S. with more content for less money Audi is upping the value for a revamped and refreshed A4 sedan and wagon lineup, including next-generation infotainment systems. 2020 Lexus UX review Lexus has a family of crossover SUVs, but the smallest and one of the most efficient also has some of the edgiest styling...
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Motortrend News Feed: Four-Cylinder Toyota Supra Coming to Europe; Is the U.S. Next?

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:20

The Toyota Supra is as synonymous with the inline six-cylinder engine as Seth Rogen is to marijuana. Or is it? While the 2020 GR Supra is sold exclusively with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the United States, the two-door sports car also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four under its hood in Japan—and come March, Europe.

That’s right, Toyota is expanding sales of the four-cylinder Supra beyond the motherland, and it’s likely only a matter of time until the BMW-sourced four-cylinder engine makes its way to our shores, as well. After all, the model is already certified for sale in California by the state’s Air Resources Board.

Should Toyota pull the trigger and send the four-cylinder Supra stateside, expect it to follow the blueprint of the recently announced European model, which forgoes the Japanese car’s entry-level 195-hp tune for its available 255-hp setup. The company claims the more powerful four-cylinder helps the Supra sprint to 62 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, or 0.9 second slower than its 4.3-second zero-to-62-mph claim for the six-cylinder model. Of course, the six-pot car is actually quicker than that; we hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds in our testing.

What the four-cylinder engine lacks in outright thrust, it makes up for with a lower curb weight, as the smaller engine shaves 220 pounds of fat from the coupe and, in turn, blesses it with near-perfect, 50/50 weight distribution. Alas, like the six-cylinder Supra, the four-cylinder engine pairs exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Yes, purists will scoff at the very idea of a Supra with anything but a six-cylinder engine. But if Aston Martin and Lamborghini can sell SUVs, then surely Toyota can push a four-cylinder Supra in the states—especially if it cuts a few grand from the six-cylinder model’s $50,945 base price.

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Property Week News Feed: Landmark ruling sets rateable value of Exeter museum at £1

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:27
The High Court has ruled that a loss-making museum owned by Exeter Council has a rateable value of £1 in a decision that could pave the way for museums across the country to seek reductions in their valuation.
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Motortrend News Feed: Just a Reminder That the 1975–1980 Oldsmobile Starfire Was a Thing

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:00

For some, the so-called Malaise era, loosely defined as the automotive period between 1973 and 1983, was an irredeemably dark time in American automotive history. As a result, few cars from the time are celebrated and many have even been forgotten—though, to be fair, not a great number those vehicles survive today. But as we lurch toward the 1970s’ golden anniversary, we think it’s high time unsung classics from the era were treated with a little more respect (or at least a little less disdain). Let’s begin with this, the Oldsmobile Starfire.

Prepare yourself, here is everything you never knew you wanted to know about the 1975–1980 Starfire.

Reviving the Starfire name, which was last used on a 1960s two-door Oldsmobile, the malaise-y Oldsmobile was a badge-engineered version of the Chevrolet Monza. Unlike the Monza, which was offered in a number of different body styles, the Starfire was sold exclusively as a two-door, 2+2 hatchback. The Starfire received a unique grille and Oldsmobile badges, but otherwise it was practically identical to the Monza. So, if you’ve never heard of it (like this author) but think it looks vaguely familiar, that’s probably why.

The example pictured here (which is for sale on Facebook Marketplace) is an even more obscure Starfire Mirage—which, according to Google, was never officially a thing. At least, not an official General Motors thing. Instead, the Chevy Monza offered a Mirage body kit available as a dealer-installed option, but it’s unclear if Oldsmobile ever offered the same thing for the Starfire. Apparently, some dealerships did, as the seller (who’s the second owner) says his car was originally purchased from Gil Lieber Buick-Oldsmobile in Ashtabula, Ohio, with the Monza’s Mirage body kit installed, plus the sweet Harvest Gold graphics. Again, given that the Oldsmobile shared its bodywork with the Chevy Monza, it hardly bends credulity to imagine that the Mirage package made its way onto some Starfires back in the day.

The Starfire in these photos also features the optional 305-cubic-inch (5.0-liter) V-8, available from 1977 to 1979. Though it’s now infamous for its power-choking emissions equipment, the 305 V-8 likely was a decent upgrade over the base “Iron Duke” four-cylinder and 3.8-liter V-6 that was also available. Oldsmobile even offered a five-speed manual transmission on the Starfire from 1976 to 1979, though this example comes with a four-speed manual. We’re willing to look past that minor shortcoming for its glorious red-on-red-on-red interior.

Another cool Starfire that was officially offered by Oldsmobile? The 1978 Firenza package, which included a special “rallye” suspension, unique front valance, rear spoiler, fender flares, sport wheels, and special two-tone paint and graphics. Apart from a Monza IMSA race car, the Starfire Firenza might be the coolest-looking H-Body hatch ever made.

If you’ve made it this far, we hope we’ve instilled in you a newfound appreciation for this lesser-known artifact from GM’s badge-engineering past. We’d love to see more of them get the same love this two-owner survivor has received.

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Property Week News Feed: Increase in office take up in Glasgow and Edinburgh in Q4, CBRE data reveals

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:35
Office take-up in Glasgow and Edinburgh rose in the last three months of 2019, according to CBRE’s latest figures on the Scottish office market.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Lexus UX

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:11
Edgy styling isn’t the only thing that makes the 2020 Lexus UX stand out in the fiercely competitive field of luxe-lite small crossovers. The 2020 UX is a strong choice for those with the budget, if not necessarily the garage space, for a pint-size SUV with features more commonly found in larger vehicles. This year’s newly standard...
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Property Week News Feed: Institutional investors have greater appetite for risk in 2020

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:04
Institutional investors have indicated they have a greater appetite for risk in the year ahead, according to a survey from INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles.
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Property Week News Feed: BTR homes completed outside London rises 51%

The Top Zones - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:40
The number of newly completed build-to-rent homes (BTR) in the UK has increased by 51%, according to data from the British Property Federation and Savills.
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