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Property Week News Feed: Final plans for Station Hill unveiled

The Top Zones - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:00
The final masterplan for the £750m Station Hill scheme in Reading has been unveiled.
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Property Week News Feed: NAV nudges up at Schroder European REIT

The Top Zones - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 07:40
Net asset value (NAV) nudged up at Schroder European REIT in the six months to the end of March, but earnings slumped.
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Property Week News Feed: Profit falls at Safestore, but group confident of hitting annual targets

The Top Zones - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 07:24
Profit at storage group Safestore has more than halved in the first six months of the financial year, but the group maintained it is still on course to hit targets for the full year.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 GMC Canyon

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 20:45
The 2020 GMC Canyon is a no-nonsense mid-size pickup truck that remains a good choice even against its stiff competition. It’s more comfortable and luxurious than other options in its class especially in top trims, though safety is a concern, so we’ve awarded it 4.8 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) For 2020, the...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:00
Hyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away from its partnership with Aurora. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a platform suitable for the brands' future autonomous cars...
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Property Week News Feed: Galliford Try acquires northern developer

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:00
Galliford Try Partnerships has agreed a deal to acquire Strategic Team Group, a developer in the North of England.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Honda Passport crash tested, BMW X3 and X4 M Competition driven, Tesla Model X police car: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 14:30
2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the...
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The Car Connection News Feed: FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 14:30
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and alleges FCA knew of the...
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Property Week News Feed: SIA Partners takes two floors at 90 Bartholomew Close

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:57
Helical has secured a new tenant at 90 Bartholomew Close, Barbican, within its Barts Square estate.
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Property Week News Feed: Catalyst appoints former GPE chairman

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:46
Catalyst Capital has appointed former Great Portland Estates chairman Richard Peskin as a consultant.
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Property Week News Feed: Kier to sell property and housebuilding arms

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:02
Kier Group has puts its property and housebuilding arms up for sale.
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Property Week News Feed: Glenhawk appoints Ong to board

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 07:38
Glenhawk has hired Caroline Ong as non-executive director from early stage UK specialist mortgage lender Octane.
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Property Week News Feed: Tritax secures £200m loan

The Top Zones - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 07:27
Tritax Big Box REIT has agreed a £200m unsecured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of its relationship lenders.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2013 Ford F-150 trucks recalled for second time over transmission update

The Top Zones - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 10:00
Ford has issued an update to a previous recall for 123,000 2013 Ford F-150 pickups. The recall affects trucks that haven't undergone a transmission software update, and models that have already received the previous fix, Ford said Wednesday. The problem surrounds a powertrain control module for 2013 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with the 5.0-liter...
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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Volkswagen Golf: Why I’d Buy It – Kelly Pleskot

The Top Zones - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 08:00

“What car should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would online editor Kelly Pleskot drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here.

The Volkswagen Golf isn’t on most people’s radar when shopping for a small car. When it won our 2015 Car of the Year award, I remember getting some puzzled looks. “Does anyone actually buy this car?” people would ask me about the seemingly obscure choice. It remains a small player in the compact segment, with 42,271 Golf family vehicles sold in the U.S. last year, including just 6,642 copies of the standard Golf hatch. But it’s a true hidden gem, and it’s the car I would pick if I were in the market.

The current-generation Golf is remarkably competent given its age, even my favorite version, the standard hatch. After five years on the market, it still holds its own with other compacts thanks to its stable ride, agile handling, confident braking, and smooth powertrain. Perhaps the most significant change the hatch has received in its current iteration is a 1.4-liter turbo-four making 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Although that doesn’t seem like much, the engine packs a strong punch while saving on gas. It nets 29/37 mpg city/highway no matter whether you pick the purist six-speed manual or the quick-shifting eight-speed automatic.

About Kelly: I’m an online editor at MotorTrend and enjoy hiking, rock climbing, traveling, and reading classic literature. 

It’s that kind of balanced performance I’m looking for in a car. I also enjoy the Golf’s easy maneuverability when I’m parking in tight spaces in my native Orange County or even tighter spots in my work home of Los Angeles. At the same time, I need plenty of cargo room for weekend luggage, athletic gear, grocery runs, and the semi-complete sweater collection I keep in my car so I’m ready for any weather on the go. The Golf more than fits the bill for my married, kid-free lifestyle. And call it vanity, but I can’t own a car that everybody else has. That means very solid competitors like the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra are off my list. And I’m just not interested in a luxury car.

How I’d Spec My 2019 Volkswagen Golf

Sadly, VW may no longer offer the standard Golf and SportWagen in the U.S. as it moves into a new generation. As of May 2019, only the GTI and Golf R have been confirmed for North America. But for now, I would pick the standard hatch for its value proposition. Only two trim levels are available on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf: S ($22,740) and SE ($25,040). I would stick with the base model because it has all I need including a 6.5-inch touchscreen, cloth seats, automatic headlights, and the peace of mind that comes with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and other key safety features. The SE upgrades to an 8.0-inch touchscreen, leatherette seats with front seat heating, and a panoramic sunroof. If the regular Golf disappears, I could be strong-armed into a GTI, which benefits from a more powerful engine currently making 228 hp.

The eighth-generation Golf will be revealed at the end of this year, and we hope the standard hatch makes its way to the U.S. It’s expected to sit on a lighter version of the existing MQB platform, so it should feature even sharper driving dynamics.

Two other cars I would consider: Volkswagen Beetle, Subaru Impreza

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Motortrend News Feed: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Is More Truck for Less Money

The Top Zones - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 23:21

Chevrolet has announced pricing for the 2020 Silverado HD, and despite offering greater capability and technology than the model it replaces, the heavy-duty pickup comes at a lower starting price.

Before we get into the numbers, let’s have a quick overview of the Silverado HD range. The heavy-duty truck is offered in strong 2500 or stronger 3500 guise, the latter of which is available as a dually. Trims, from entry-level to high-end, are Work Truck, Custom (exclusive to 2500), LT, LTZ, and High Country. All come standard with a 6.6-liter gasoline V-8 that makes 401 hp and 464 lb-ft backed by a six-speed transmission, but any can be had with a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 producing 445 hp and a mighty 910 lb-ft of twist through a 10-speed transmission.

Now, about money: The 2020 Silverado HD 2500 will start at $35,695, $300 less than the previous equivalent model. That’s for the entry-level Work Truck trim in regular cab/long bed, with the LT of the same configuration starting at $39,595.

Double cab/standard bed configuration is available for Work Truck at $38,095, Custom at $40,595, LT at $41,595, and LTZ at $50,295. Adding the long bed increases those prices by $200.

Crew cab/standard bed starts with Work Truck at $39,895, Custom at $42,395, LT at $43,395, LTZ at $52,095, and High Country at $62,695. Again, the long bed brings a $200 premium.

The 2020 Silverado HD 3500 brings different bed/cab combinations, and optional dually rear wheels add $1,200 over standard. Regular cab/long bed starts at $36,895, and LT at $40,795. Double cab/long bed Work Trucks go for $39,495, and LTs for $42,995.

Crew cab/standard bed Silverado 3500s in Work Truck trim start at $41,695, LT at $44,595, LTZ at $53,295, and High Country at $63,895. Like Silverado 2500s, the long bed costs an extra $200.

These trucks are built for work and have impressive towing and hauling capability. Gas-powered Silverado HDs are rated to carry a 7,466-pound payload and tow up to 17,400 pounds. Payload rating for diesel Silverado HDs isn’t yet available, but Chevrolet is proud of its 52-percent increase in towing capacity, now at 35,500 pounds.

Between the different cab, bed, rear axle, and engine combinations, 80 variants are available—and that’s before optional extras. With pricing now available, 2020 Silverado HD is making its way to dealer lots—and to our Truck of the Year contest in a few months.

Source: Chevrolet

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Motortrend News Feed: Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Toyota Highlander

The Top Zones - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:21

Kia finally entered the three-row SUV market when it introduced the Telluride this spring. One of its most formidable competitors will be the upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander, which sheds its staid image thanks to a recent makeover. Does the Telluride’s quirky design compete with the newly elegant Highlander? Let’s examine the design differences between the two models before you make up your mind.

If you see the Telluride on the street, you’ll probably be able to tell it’s built from the company that makes the Soul. Like the small hatch, the 2020 Kia Telluride adopts an exceptionally boxy look. Up front, it features a squared-off face with rectangular headlights and a rectangular grille with a honeycomb pattern. You could say the Highlander adopts a softer look, with wedge-shaped headlights and rounded grille with a 3D-effect lattice design. A decorative wing element is attached to the Toyota badge for a little flair. Not content with a simple Kia logo, the Telluride sprawls its name out in silver letters across the hood.

The boxy theme continues when you look at the side profile of the Telluride. The Highlander gets a more car-like nose, and instead of sharp straight character lines on the Telluride, it features a fluid hip line. It also gets a floating roof design, and the window tapers off dramatically from the front to back, further contributing to its windswept look. The Telluride stands out for its extensive body cladding, giving it an off-road-ready look.

Both vehicles feature simple rear designs without too many embellishments. In the rear, the Telluride features its name in wide lettering once again, this time in between the taillights. The quote mark-shaped lights have vertical lines as lighting signatures. In contrast, the Highlander sports thin, wide taillights. The Telluride has a chunky bumper, complemented by a bold rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust pipes.

Hop inside the Telluride, and you’ll find the cabin feels wide. It gets a stretched-out dash with a wide 10.25-inch touchscreen available, plus a row of buttons and vents all oriented in a straight horizontal line. The Highlander features a more cluttered array off buttons, and a more layered dash design. The dash is set off by ambient lighting in pockets under the screen and in the passenger side compartment. The Highlander offers a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen.

Which three-row SUV is the better looker: the 2020 Kia Telluride or Toyota Highlander? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

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Motortrend News Feed: Best Father’s Day Gifts for Your Car-Loving Dad

The Top Zones - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 17:45

My first memory behind the wheel is of steering my father’s 1998 Ford Taurus down our little dead end street and turning into our driveway. Notice I said steering, not driving. I was sitting on his lap. Many of us wouldn’t be anywhere near as enthusiastic about the automotive world without the presence of our car guy dads, so this Father’s Day, grab your rad dad some sweet car-related gifts he’ll never forget.

And if you’re more of a last-minute shopper, MotorTrend On Demand has quite the Father’s Day offer! Your choice of $2.99 for the first month or $29.99 for the first year will get Dad access to our entire collection of automotive programming, plus a bonus Father’s Day episode of Roadkill and a whole bonus season of Wheeler Dealers. This Roadkill episode should be a fun one; Freiburger and Finnegan are battling Ford vs. Chevy in a cheap beater battle. It’s full of V-8s and burnouts and drag races and all the vehicular madness you and your dad love. Plus, if he’s a racing fan, we’ll be streaming live from Le Mans all weekend.

We might be biased, but we think a MotorTrend On Demand subscription is your best bet. In case you want something to pair with it, here are some other Father’s Day gifts your dad will also love.

Autoart Scale Model

What would your dad enjoy more than looking at his car all weekend? Looking at a lovingly crafted 1:18 scale model of his car all day, every day because it’ll fit on his desk! Plus he won’t make you sleep in the backyard if you scratch the fender. The folks at Autoart make exactly what we look for in a scale model: millimetrically precise interior and exterior details that celebrate each and every tiny car they build.

Turo car for the weekend

A unique rental car is the perfect temporary vacation from your dad’s practical daily driver, and Turo is probably the best place to find one. Because Turo vehicles are owned by real drivers (not rental agencies), the rides available for booking are a lot more interesting and more varied than the sea of white Mitsubishi Mirages or similar at your average rental lot. Outdoorsy dads would love a weekend in a doorless Wrangler, sporty dads could live out their boy racer dreams in a Porsche 911—the possibilities are nearly endless. Want to get an idea of what’s available? Check out our article here.

Hot Wheels ID Smart Track Kit

Yes, this box of fun might be more targeted toward children than fathers, but hear me out: how many years has your dad been buying Hot Wheels for you? Isn’t it time to give back? Hot Wheels ID might be the biggest product launch for the Mattel-owned toy brand in the last 50 years. The new line of Hot Wheels cars and tracks incorporates the capability to track and log each individual car’s performance, and the new Smart Track has the most powerful booster Hot Wheels has ever made! Bonus point: the Hot Wheels ID line goes on sale June 14, so Dad will probably be the first kid on the block to have one.

Automotive Wall Art

Your car-guy dad needs more automotive art in his life—he’s just too busy wrenching and doing other car-guy things to buy some for himself. The folks at Blipshift seem to have a direct artery into what we love about cars and their always-changing collection of posters (and t-shirts!) would make great gifts for Dad.

Lego Speed Champions

Lego struck gold with the Speed Champions collection. It consists only of real licensed cars, rather than generic car-like figures in Lego sets of old. These sets start at only $14.99, but if you’ve got a little extra money to spend, check out one of their automotive pairings like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.

Linear Edge Track Sculpture

Is your dad a racing fan? A track nut? If he has a favorite track, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than a hanging sculpture from Linear Edge. Their built-to-scale wooden track sculptures are minimalist enough to pass as modern art, but you and dad will know the deal. Linear Edge has 100 different tracks to choose from, and if they don’t have the circuit you’re looking for (say Mario Kart 64’s Moo Moo Farm, a track I distinctly remember racing with my dad back in the day) they’ll custom build it for you at no extra cost. He’ll love it.

Autodromo Group B

Put ‘yer dang phone away! Your dad still remembers the days when a small clock on your wrist was still the easiest way to check the time, and he probably still wears one. Wristwatches and race cars have a long history and there are plenty of motorsport-inspired timepieces to choose from, but we’re recommending the Autodromo Group B Series 2. It’s a 1980s rally–inspired time-teller that will definitely look rad on Dad’s wrist, and the robust Miyota 9015 automatic movement will last a lot longer than ‘yer phone.

Xbox One X and Game Pass Ultimate

Racing games are a blast for any car fan, and the 4K-capable Xbox One X may be the best machine out there for taking a virtual drive. Spring for an Xbox Game Pass subscription for dad so he’ll have access to racers like Forza Horizon 4 and F1 2018. Is your dad a little too old to be proficient with a modern controller? Consider splurging for a simulation-grade wheel and pedal setup from Fanatec.

Detailing Equipment

If Dad’s got an old classic in the garage, chances are he likes to keep it clean. Get him a bucket of detailing products and microfiber towels from Meguiar’s Ultimate Line so he can toss the old t-shirt he’s been using to buff the hood. Maybe enough paint correction could get rid of that fender scratch he “isn’t” still mad about.

Coffee table book

Your dad isn’t just a gear head, he’s a brilliant intellectual thinker and he’s better than everyone else’s dad—and there’s no better way to let the world know than a serious flex of a coffee table book. Check out the Luftgekühlt Book, a three-part telling of the origins of the Luftgekühlt story. It’s perfect for any person who loves Porsche, and it would look fabulous on your dad’s coffee table.

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD to cost less than outgoing truck

The Top Zones - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 14:35
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD will cost less than the truck it replaces with a starting price of $35,695. That price is $300 lower than last year's model and it includes a $1,595 destination charge, Chevrolet said Thursday. Plunking down $35,695 puts a buyer in a Silverado HD Work Truck model with a regular cab and long bed—not a...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Kia Cadenza, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Best deals on plug-in cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Top Zones - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 14:30
2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of the big sedan in its home market of South Korea. 1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs recalled to address suspension component About 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs have been recalled over a suspension part that may crack...
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