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Property Week News Feed: Crest Nicholson poaches Galliford Try CEO

The Top Zones - 10 hours 39 min ago
Troubled housebuilder Crest Nicholson has poached Galliford Try boss Peter Truscott as its new chief executive, replacing Patrick Bergin in September.
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Property Week News Feed: Omani billionaire eyes London listing for luxury resi group

The Top Zones - 11 hours 2 min ago
Omani billionaire PNC Menon has revealed plans to list his multi-national real estate company on the London Stock Exchange.
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Motortrend News Feed: Spied! Audi RS 6 Avant Prototype Shows Off Slick New Headlight Design

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 23:34

We generally like Audis, but their designs aren’t usually much of a surprise. The corporate design language evolves every few years, but once you’ve seen it, you can usually get a pretty good idea of what Audi’s entire lineup will soon look like. So at first glance, this RS 6 Avant prototype may look about like you imagined. It’s an A6 Avant with some camouflage covering wider fenders, bigger air intakes, and more aggressive bodywork. But while that’s all there, it also looks like this prototype features a new set of headlights.

When Audi redesigned the A6 for 2019, it gave the midsize luxury sedan a very A8-like front end. Based on earlier spy photos, that styling will soon trickle down to the smaller A4, as well. But even though it’s possible these new, more angular headlights could only be intended for the RS 6 Avant, from what we know about Audi, it seems more likely that when its current sedans get a refresh, these are the headlights they’re going to use. We’ll wait to see the final car before we form too strong of an opinion either way, but from what we can see here, the updated design looks pretty good. We’d especially like to see them applied to the current A8.

As for the RS 6 Avant itself, we’ve heard it will be revealed either late this year or early next year. As for the powertrain, there’s a good chance Audi will borrow a twin-turbo V-8 from the Bentley Continental GT and tune it to make about 650 hp. If rumors of a possible hybrid powertrain prove accurate, that figure could top 700 hp. The bad news is, at least for now, the RS 6 Avant probably won’t come to the U.S. Instead, it’s more likely that we’ll get the RS 7 with the same powertrain.

Then again, it may be possible to convince Audi to reverse course. Filip Brabec, vice president of product management for Audi of America, recently told us that the German automaker is always considering new opportunities. According to Brabec, if you really want high-performance wagons to come to the U.S., keep writing letters.

Source: CarPix

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Motortrend News Feed: 2021 Ford Bronco Will Reportedly Get a Removable Top and Doors

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:34

The Ford Bronco is finally coming back next year to enter the (relatively) affordable off-road SUV space largely dominated by Jeep’s Wrangler, and it will headline an eventual family of off-roaders that will include two- and four-door Broncos, a front-drive-based baby Bronco, and—as we reported last summer—a small unibody pickup. The latter two will be revealed soon enough, but for now here’s what we know about Ford’s reborn SUV icon:

Two- and four-door versions will be available, as will rear- and four-wheel drive. According to Automotive News, FoMoCo revealed a two-door Bronco prototype at a shindig last month for top dealers in Palm Beach, Florida, and confirmed to its franchisees that a four-door model is coming, too. The dealers also saw the so-called “baby Bronco” and Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV crossover that will offer 300 miles of range.

The grille says “Bronco” across the front. This follows Ford’s practice of giving its trucks and SUVs bold grilles; the Raptor, for example, features a huge “FORD” across its front end.

The doors and hard top will be removable. Following in the path of the Wrangler—which has offered these features for years—and other old-school off-roaders, the new Bronco will be customizable with the doors and top able to be stashed in the cargo hold. Unlike the Jeep, its side mirrors are affixed to the A-pillars and stay in place when the doors are removed.

There will be a spare tire on the back. No “tire mobility kit” or dinky donut here.

The Bronco will share a platform with the next-generation Ranger. Ford will also build the Bronco alongside the midsize pickup at its Michigan Assembly plant.

The SUV has retro boxy styling. Like the Broncos of yore—think 1965, not 1996—the new version sports a rectangular grille, round headlights, and a squared-off profile.

It may offer a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 as the top-spec engine. The V-6 delivers 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque in the F-150. There is likely to be a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder option offered as well.

Ford might offer a seven-speed manual. There will of course be an automatic transmission, almost assuredly the 10-speed unit co-developed with GM. But some reports suggest Ford has tapped Getrag to supply a seven-speed manual. Fingers crossed!

There will definitely be a hybrid version. Ford has already gone on record that the Bronco will be electrified in some way, and we’d expect some version of the system that will be available in the new Explorer.

Expect prices to start in the mid-$30,000s. We will know more as we get closer to the Bronco’s official debut.

It goes on sale in late 2020. That’s a few months after the baby Bronco.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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Property Week News Feed: Sports Direct considers cash offer for Debenhams

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 20:42
Sports Direct is considering a cash offer to buy Debenhams in the latest attempt by the sports retailer to gain control of the ailing department store.
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Property Week News Feed: Hansteen shares rise on results

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 20:38
Hansteen’s share price rose 3.5% on Monday to 96p after it revealed a fall in NAV caused by distributions to shareholders following disposals in its full-year results.
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Motortrend News Feed: Only One Gorgeous Ferrari P80/C Will Ever Be Built

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 20:20

A couple weeks ago, Ferrari introduced its latest mid-engine supercar, the F8 Tributo. It’s an evolution of the 488 GTB that we named the 2017 Best Driver’s Car, with restyled bodywork, more power, and even better handling. But now that we’ve seen the one-off P80/C, the F8 Tributo feels like old news.

Built for one (presumably quite wealthy) Ferrari collector, the P80/C started life as a 488 GT3 race car back in 2015. According to Ferrari, the collector wanted the look of his new car to be inspired by the Ferrari 330 P3/P4 and the 1966 Dino 206 S. The all-new bodywork was created by the Ferrari Styling Center with input from both the engineering and aerodynamics teams. And since it would be a track-only race car that wouldn’t be homologated for any specific series, there were basically no restrictions on what the designers could do. As you can see, they went wild.

Ferrari didn’t say anything about price, but from the sound of it, the price tag for the P80/C had to be eye-watering. Not only is it a one-off race car, according to the press release, it “had the longest development time of any Ferrari one-off made to date.” Even the powertrain was reportedly customized to meet the customer’s specifications. The result is a long, low car with no headlights, an extreme aero package, and a look that won’t be mistaken for any other car on the track.

We wish Ferrari had included more performance specs, but at least for now, there’s no word on which engine is under the hood, how much power it makes, or how much quicker the car is than a regular 488 GT3 race car. All we know is that the aerodynamics have been improved by about 5 percent.

At the customer’s request, the P80/C can be configured in two slightly different ways. On the track, it rides on 18-inch wheels and sports the massive wing you see above. But for display purposes, the track wheels can be replaced with 21-inch alternatives, and much of the aero kit can be removed “to highlight the purity of its forms.” As gorgeous as the P80/C is, hopefully, we’ll eventually get a chance to see it on a race track at some point.

Source: Ferrari

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Motortrend News Feed: Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus is Already Being Tested for EVs

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 20:00

If you thought Mazda hadn’t started its EV development, think again. At the 2019 Mazda3 AWD launch, two engineers from Japan, including the creator of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC+) vehicle dynamics control feature, revealed the company is now testing the system in electric vehicles. Development of GVC+ took almost a decade and we now know why; it was future-proofed for use in conventional gas vehicles, hybrids, and EVs. Integrating GVC+ into EVs is a no-brainer because it’s much easier to calibrate electric motors and they respond quicker, allowing for better control of vehicle behavior.

As part of its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, Mazda will collaborate with Toyota and Denso in developing EVs, investing 5 percent in a joint venture. The partnership includes developing powertrains and platforms for their EVs. The rotary engine will return as a generator in EV applications, and is expected to arrive sometime in 2020.

In its current application, GVC+ varies engine torque to transfer weight for better turn-in. The brakes are also utilized to improve cornering and overall vehicle handling and stability. On the 2019 Mazda3, GVC+ works with the all-wheel-drive system to send power to where it’s needed and keep the car from getting unwieldy in poor road conditions. The driver also makes less steering inputs on cars equipped with GVC+ because the system is able to improve turn-in and help it rotate better through corners, especially when equipped with all-wheel drive.

For EVs, GVC+ will likely be used to control vehicle behavior using electric motors and brakes, overdriving or slowing down the wheels as needed. One of the engineers mentioned that the system will allow for “seamless torque control” in EVs, which should enable the car to put power down more efficiently. Other automakers, Tesla included, are already using similar tactics with electric motors, as we observed in the Model 3 Performance with track mode, which can tweak power output to the rear wheels to allow the car to rotate better.

Mazda hasn’t said when its electrified models will arrive in the U.S., but expect all of them to feature GVC+. In the current lineup, the MX-5 Miata is the only model without it; the CX-3, CX-9, and Mazda6 all use G-Vectoring Control (GVC) while the 2019 Mazda3 and CX-5 use GVC+, which adds the braking aspect for improved cornering, torque vectoring, and better stability. Expect GVC+ in future vehicles like the upcoming CX-30 that recently debuted at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

With GVC+ playing an integral role in keeping Mazda vehicles fun-to-drive regardless of what’s powering them, we expect the system to continue evolving. GVC+ previews the future of Mazda’s drivetrain technology; its capabilities in gas-and diesel-powered vehicles are only a sampling of what it can do when you bring electric motors, regenerative braking, and instant power delivery into the mix.

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Motortrend News Feed: Larger Jaguar J-Pace Reportedly Coming in 2021

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 19:14

Over the last several years, Jaguar has slowly built out its crossover lineup. It started with the midsize F-Pace before adding the smaller E-Pace. Then last year, Jaguar introduced the electric I-Pace (shown above). But the British marque may not be done just yet. In a few years, it may have an even larger crossover in its lineup.

According to a report from Autocar, Jaguar’s developing a larger crossover that will likely be called the J-Pace. Expect it to ride on Jaguar Land Rover’s new all-aluminum MLA platform, which will be used for all JLR vehicles by 2025 and should be significantly lighter than the current platforms.

Autocar‘s source claims one of the J-Pace’s defining features will be its electrically driven rear wheels. Without a conventional all-wheel-drive setup, Jaguar will theoretically be able to maximize passenger space and cargo volume. It will reportedly be sold as a plug-in hybrid, with JLR’s new inline-six under the hood powering the front wheels. Its electric range is said to be at least 50 miles, which would allow it to be used as an EV in most situations. There’s also a chance that a four-cylinder version will be offered, as well as a fully electric version.

And while the Range Rover that shares its platform will be the boxier, more traditionally styled crossover, expect the J-Pace to borrow heavily from the I-Pace’s sleeker design. Assuming this report is accurate, let’s hope Jaguar doesn’t make us wait more than a year to see the final design.

Source: Autocar

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Motortrend News Feed: Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Is One Half of $8 Million Two-Car Bundle

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 17:54

Now here’s something we haven’t seen before: purchasing Aston Martins as a pair. As part of Zagato’s centennial celebration, the storied Italian design house has teamed up with Aston Martin for a limited run of reissued DB4 GTs alongside a Zagato-fied DBS Superleggera. The cars are sold together as part of the forthcoming DBZ Centenary Collection for a cool $8 million, but until now, we’d only seen the DB4 GT portion. Aston just released renderings of the complementary DBS, and it’s as wild as you’d expect.

While you could never accuse Aston of lacking beautiful, jaw-dropping designs, the British brand has gone on quite the stylistic bender recently. The new Valkyrie hypercar and mid-engine Vanquish concept are among the most striking Astons in history, and from the looks of the DBS GT Zagato, things will continue to trend that way for some time.

While this is just a rendering and still very conceptual, we expect the final product to be just as breathtaking. From the blade slicing across the bodysides just behind the front wheels, to the large, forward-jutting grille, it’s a very aggressive design. It’s intended as a modern take on the DB4 GT, even down to Zagato’s iconic double-bubble roof.

Beyond this sketch, we’re not privy to any mechanical specifications, but we expect each DBS GT Zagato to pack the same 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 as the regular DBS, perhaps with a smidge more power than the 715-hp rating of the DBS. The new bodywork could shed a few pounds as well, further enhancing performance.

They’re only making 19 of these, and remember, it’s going to take a significant investment to be among the lucky owners.

Source: Aston Martin

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Property Week News Feed: WeWork takes Moorgate space

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:05
WeWork has completed a deal to lease the entire space at 12 Moorgate, in the City of London.
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Property Week News Feed: Debenhams share price crashes in response to cash call

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:01
Debenhams’ share price plummeted 45% on Friday to 1.59p after the company looked to raise £200m but warned the action may “result in no equity value for the company’s current shareholders”.
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Property Week News Feed: LondonMetric sells two Yorkshire warehouses for £67m

The Top Zones - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:00
LondonMetric has sold two logistics warehouses, in Sheffield and Wakefield, for £67m to Exeter Property Group.
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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Mazda3 AWD First Drive: All-Weather Sophistication

The Top Zones - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:00

During our First Drive of the 2019 Mazda3, we praised the car’s agile handling and superbly executed interior. Now that we’ve driven the new all-wheel-drive variant, we’re happy to report that the sporty compact car is even better to drive with four-wheel traction. The 2019 Mazda3 AWD handles better in all weather conditions, turning it into a sophisticated all-weather driver’s car that puts entry-level offerings from luxury brands on notice.

At a drive event for the 2019 Mazda3, we started the day on a snow course and an icy slalom section. We jumped into a front-drive 2019 Mazda3 sedan first and instantly found it lacked the traction to get up inclines without momentum. All-wheel-drive-equipped cars breezed through the course from a standstill. Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system sends torque where it’s most needed and works with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC+) to maintain traction, taking into account weather and road conditions.

In the snow, the all-wheel-drive system and GVC+ keeps the Mazda3 sure-footed in the slush by reducing engine torque ever so slightly and applying small amounts of braking to shift weight and power around to keep the car stable. With GVC+ disabled, you immediately notice you’re steering more to keep the car from getting unwieldy. The lack of stability instantly became obvious on a slalom course where a 20-mph lane change easily caused the car’s rear end to step out, forcing the driver to counter the skid with lots of steering input.

On pavement, the all-wheel-drive system makes the 2019 Mazda3 feel predictable when driving enthusiastically. Torque sent to the rear wheels pushes the car out of corners, minimizing understeer and allowing it to rotate. Superbly controlled body motions keep the Mazda3 neutral, and the sharp, communicative steering tells you exactly what the front wheels are doing. The Mazda3’s brilliantly tuned chassis soaks up broken pavement beautifully without disconnecting the driver from the road, making you question the need for adaptive dampers and suspensions on some cars that aim to improve handling without sacrificing ride comfort.

The carryover 186-hp 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4 happily revs to redline; however, you feel it working hard at higher elevations. Mazda’s six-speed automatic upshifts quickly but takes a second or two to kick down. Sport mode offers quicker rev-matched downshifts and holds gears longer. We also drove a front-drive Mazda3 hatchback with the six-speed manual and found it to be the liveliest of the bunch. The free-revving four-banger works with the slick shifter and communicative clutch admirably to provide plenty of smiles behind the wheel.

Mazda’s interiors continue to move upmarket, and the 2019 Mazda3’s cabin easily matches those in entry-level luxury vehicles, especially with the two-tone options. Everything you touch from the dash to the armrests feels expensive, and the infotainment controls click and turn with a satisfying sound. Even harder plastics in the rear wouldn’t look out of place in a car donning a three-pointed star or a stylized “L.” Save for some road and tire noise at highway speeds on uneven surfaces, the 2019 Mazda3’s cabin is nearly vault-like. Complementing the spiffy interior is a 12-speaker Bose surround sound system that provides a crisp listening experience and just enough bass to satisfy audiophiles. The latest iteration of the MazdaConnect interface is easier to use but still falls behind Hyundai/Kia’s Blue Link/UVO, Subaru’s Starlink, and FCA’s UConnect.

All-wheel drive should make the 2019 Mazda3 more appealing to consumers living in four-season states, but that’s only one part of the equation. Four-wheel traction along with GVC+ also improves the Mazda3’s driving characteristics on pavement. When combined with its elegant interior, the Mazda3 turns into an entry-level luxury car in disguise. A Signature trim and the CX-9’s 2.5-liter turbo-four are the final pieces that can turn the Mazda3 into a nearly perfect package: fun, chic, and eye-catching.

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The Car Connection News Feed: Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

The Top Zones - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:00
Google's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how self-driving cars actually operate. Waymo provided...
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Motortrend News Feed: Refreshing or Revolting: Porsche Cayenne Coupe Vs. The Competition

The Top Zones - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 22:45

Fastback SUVs are all about the look, considering they provide no practical benefit over traditional utility vehicles. With their dramatic rooflines, they attract customers who want something a little different. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is the latest entry in this growing segment, competing against the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the new Audi Q8. But which is the best looking of the bunch?

Unsurprisingly, the Cayenne Coupe looks pretty much like the regular Cayenne from up front. Its front fascia has soft edges with rounded headlights, but the large grille gives it some edge. Similarly, the X6 looks like a typical BMW from this angle, sporting the brand’s familiar kidney grille. The Mercedes GLE Coupe has a streamlined feel to its front fascia with a rounded grille, headlights, and lower fascia. The Audi Q8 probably has the most unexpected front end since it looks so different than other models from the brand. Sharp lines abound, and the razor-thin headlights have a unique lighting signature. The grille is set off by a large frame.

Crossover coupes can sometimes look strange when viewed from the side. We would argue that’s the case with the BMW, whose roof rises sharply up front and drops off dramatically in the back. The slope of the Porsche’s roofline looks more natural, and that’s probably helped by the soft lines of the window trim. A soft character line runs high across the doors near the windows, helping the transition from front to back. The GLE Coupe comes in high-performance AMG trims, and its sporty ambitions are apparent through its bold wheels and window spoiler. The Audi Q8 shows off its long hood, sharp body lines, and bulbous rear end from this angle.

In the rear, the Cayenne Coupe offers an active spoiler. It has taillights connected by a rear light bar much like the Audi, which has a bolder lighting signature that matches the look of the front end. In contrast, the BMW features chunky taillights sitting below a large lip spoiler. On the Mercedes, a tasteful piece of chrome trim links together the traditional-looking taillights.

Take a peek inside the Cayenne Coupe’s cabin, and the first thing you’ll notice is the large screen and the thick center console dominated by buttons and switches, and big grab handles on either side. The interior of the X6 looks older, because it is. Swoopy lines cut the dash into various layers, and controls are laid out in a predictable and somewhat uninteresting way. The interior of the GLE Coupe looks particularly dated with the big number touchpad in the center below the screen. Audi interiors rarely disappoint, and the Q8 is another winner. It has a dual touchscreen setup, with the upper screen used for infotainment controls and the lower screen dedicated to climate functions. And who doesn’t love the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit instrument cluster?

So which crossover coupe is the style winner? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

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Motortrend News Feed: New Customer Referral Program Gives Owners a Chance to Win a Tesla Model Y, Roadster

The Top Zones - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 21:30

Tesla ended its customer referral program in early February, citing significant costs associated with the offer. Less than two months later, the automaker is announcing a new referral program, and this one works quite differently.

Under the new offer, Tesla owners and those they refer get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. Each referral also enters you to win a Founder’s Series Model Y monthly and a Founder’s Series Roadster quarterly. The vehicles will come signed by CEO Elon Musk and designer Franz von Holzhausen. In the case that an owner already has free Supercharging, Tesla is offering two chances to win those awards per referral.

Tesla says the new program saves money compared to the old one. Although the deal is a nice perk, the old referral program was more impressive. In addition to six months of free Supercharging, there were other rewards. A first referral gave you the chance to launch your photo into space. With two referrals, you could snag yourself a Signature Black Wall Connector or a Founders Series Tesla Model S for Kids. Three referrals gave you special wheels or one week with a Model S or Model X; four gave you priority access to software updates; and five gave you invitations to product unveilings.

Tesla says referrals have been an important part of the company’s growth ever since it launched the Roadster in 2008. In one past offer, new Tesla buyers could get $1,000 off their vehicle when referred by an existing owner, while the referrer also received $1,000 toward a new Tesla.

There are a few caveats to the new program. Free supercharging miles expire three years after the most recent miles are added. And if you win one of the vehicle prizes, you can’t win the same prize again, Musk clarified on Twitter. New purchased or leased Model S, Model X, and Model 3 orders are eligible for the program.

Source: Tesla

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Motortrend News Feed: GM Preps Michigan Plant for New Chevrolet EV

The Top Zones - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:00

General Motors Co confirmed on Friday it will invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant, adding 400 jobs to build a new Chevrolet electric vehicle.

The largest U.S. automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month.

GM officials said the announcement was planned well before Trump’s series of angry GM tweets that started on Saturday. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to raise the decision to end production at the Ohio plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election. He again ripped the company in a speech in Ohio on Wednesday.

GM has shown no indication it will reverse course and reopen the Lordstown plant.

Reuters reported on Thursday on GM’s investment plans for the plant in Orion Township, outside Detroit.

Chevrolet Bolt and Sonic at GM Orion plant

Last year, GM said it would end production at five North American assembly plants and eliminate about 15,000 jobs, prompting outrage and a two-day visit by Barra to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the job cuts.

GM did not disclose the name or timing of the new GM EV but said it would be built on the same platform as the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV. GM did not disclose the name of the new EV or the timing of production.

The automaker said in total it is investing $1.8 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

Additional product information and timing for the new Chevrolet EV will be released closer to production.

GM said producing the vehicle in a U.S. manufacturing plant supports the rules of origin provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement.

In February, GM disclosed that it had hired Ballard Partners, a lobbying firm run by Brian Ballard, a fundraiser for Trump’s presidential campaign. The company has been eager to try to smooth over relations with the White House after Trump first began harshly attacking GM last year.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Motortrend News Feed: New Toyota GT86 Is Coming, Report Says

The Top Zones - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:43

There were some rumblings that the Toyota 86 may not return for a second generation, but a new report revives our hopes. Toyota’s European marketing boss has confirmed that the company will indeed build a new GT86, as it’s known in Europe.

Matt Harrison told Autocar that the GT86 has been a successful halo model for Toyota. He also reiterated that the new Supra was not intended to replace the GT86. “They are for different audiences and are different products,” he said. “We see a situation where they will sit alongside each other.”

Harrison said it was a “safe assumption” that the second-generation GT86 would keep its ties to Subaru. Originally co-developed with the Subaru BRZ, the GT86 features a Subaru-derived 2.0-liter flat-four Boxer engine. Making 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, a manual-equipped 86 we tested ran from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The 86 is not a big seller here in the U.S. Last year, Toyota sold just 4,146 copies, down 39 percent from the previous year. We don’t know about Toyota’s plans for the 86 here, and a U.S. Toyota spokesman told us the company couldn’t confirm plans to introduce a new version on our shores when asked for comment. But Harrison makes it clear this car isn’t about sales.

“Its role is not one particularly about volume globally. It’s about adding excitement to the brand and emotional appeal,” he said, adding the GT86 has achieved this goal particularly in markets like the U.K.

Earlier this month, we learned that Toyota wants three sports cars in its lineup, but it’s unlikely to make one smaller than the current 86. Toyota Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada told Evo, “I believe most people are looking forward to the smallest of the ‘three brothers,’ And when people say the smallest, they expect it would be the most affordable. But in reality coming up with a compact small sports car is quite difficult.”

Source: Autocar

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Property Week News Feed: Debenhams looks to raise £200m

The Top Zones - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:45
Debenhams’ share price plummeted 61% after it announced it is looking to raise £200m from its existing investors.
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