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The Car Connection News Feed: Review update: The 2020 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition asks what you need in a truck

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 12:00
Does a pickup truck need a head-up display, 12.0-inch touchscreen, or an 8.0-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster? Does the bed need fancy storage containers or a reconfigurable tailgate? These are the questions the Toyota Tundra poses. The Tundra’s far more basic and offers none of the features listed above. The competition sets itself...
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Motortrend News Feed: Mark Your Calendars: The 2021 Ford F-150 Debuts on June 25

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 23:30

We haven’t seen many major new-vehicle reveals this year for obvious reasons, but a very big one is coming next month. On June 25, Ford will drop the covers on the next-generation F-150 pickup. Mike Levine, Ford’s North America product communications manager, shared the news on Twitter earlier today.

BAM! The all-new Ford F-150 will be revealed on Thursday, June 25 at 8 pm ET. #BuiltFordTough #FordF150 pic.twitter.com/oO6NLZ99Vo

— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) May 29, 2020

We already know a lot about the 2021 Ford F-150, though. For one, the new truck will adopt design cues from the recently refreshed Ford F-Series Super Duty, as such expect the full-size F-150’s grille, hood, and lights to sport an appearance that mimics that of the bigger Blue Oval pickups. We also know the upcoming F-150 will sit on a new frame that supports a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. It’s likely the F-150’s hybrid variant won’t be ready at launch, so we expect Ford to lead off with a selection of twin-turbo V-6 engines, a diesel V-6, and at least one V-8 option.

Spy pics have given us a glimpse of the truck’s new high-tech interior. Along with its fully digital instrument cluster, the 2021 Ford F-150 will offer a large central touchscreen that looks to improve upon the current F-150’s display.

Ford is investing around $700 million to make the next-generation pickup at its Dearborn, Michigan plant. In spite of its age, the F-Series remains the best-selling pickup—and vehicle—in the United States. The outgoing F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year and made headlines for its aluminum-intensive body. Upcoming gasoline-electric and battery-electric variants of the new F-150 ought to make it just as much of a game-changer as today’s truck was nearly half-a-decade ago.

The current F-150 is a capable pickup in a highly competitive segment. As we’ve said in previous reviews, it offers a wide variety of strong powertrains and rides and handles surprisingly well for a truck. However, we’ve been disappointed with the towing performance of the diesel model. We can’t wait to see how the new F-150 improves upon today’s model.

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Motortrend News Feed: Where Was the GT-R In Nissan’s New Product Blitz Hype Video?

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 22:05

You may have seen Nissan’s newest teaser for its future lineup. If not, you’re missing out. Not only does the video reveal plans for new or updated versions of nearly every vehicle Nissan makes, it also gave us our best look yet at the next Nissan Z car—presumably called the 400Z. Eagle-eyed viewers, however, might have noticed a glaring omission in the teaser: Where, oh, where, was the mighty GT-R?

It is not unreasonable to assume that, given the GT-R’s absence from Nissan’s high-profile roundup of upcoming products, that it might be on the chopping block. So, we reached out to Nissan for comment on the twin-turbo, giant-killing GT-R sports car’s future, and whether it will survive to join the automaker’s gaggle of new products. Here’s what we got in response:

“Other than what appears in the video, we have no additional information to share at this time. GT-R is and remains an important part of our brand and DNA however nothing to share at this time beyond the 2020 Model Year.”

That video covers everything Nissan is going to update until the 2023 fiscal year, we’re told, which leaves two possibilities for the GT-R’s place in the automaker’s lineup by then. First, the GT-R may be unceremoniously killed off between now and 2023. Full stop. Goodbye. Say a few words and move on.

More likely, the sports car was left out of the new-product blitz hype video simply because it won’t be receiving a major update anytime soon (or, well, before 2023). This outcome is better in that the GT-R stays alive. It’s less so when you consider the now-11-year-old GT-R is growing a bit long in the tooth. Despite a steady stream of upgrades inherited over its long production run, the beastly coupe is not as potent or as capable against newer cars in its class.

We’ve speculated for a while about the future of the GT-R, and this simply seems to confirm the fact that, despite all our hopes and dreams, the next-gen (likely codenamed R36) GT-R is still quite some time away—but that Godzilla probably isn’t going extinct, either. Hey, whenever you’re ready to drop a new GT-R, Nissan, we’ll be waiting. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to seeing the new Z car fully uncovered.

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Motortrend News Feed: 2020 Lincoln Corsair Interior Review: Watch Out, BMW and Audi

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 20:30

The Lincoln Corsair may not have earned our 2020 SUV of the Year award (that prize went to the Kia Telluride), but the compact crossover still won us over enough that we deemed it “the sleeper hit of 2020 SUV of the Year testing.” Credit a multitude of factors, including the model’s available turbocharged four-cylinder engines (a standard 250-horsepower 2.0-liter unit and an optional 295-hp 2.3-liter), refined ride, and handsome exterior design. That said, the most impressive piece of the Corsair’s puzzle is arguably its attractive and well-crafted interior.

What Does the Lincoln Corsair’s Interior Look and Feel Like?

Like its larger Aviator and Navigator stablemates, the Corsair’s insides combine art deco design details with an almost Scandinavian-like simplicity. It’s an alluring combination that helps the Lincoln stand out from many of its competitors. The Corsair’s cabin is more than a pretty space, though. Soft-touch materials line the crossover’s upper dashboard and door panels, while smatterings of chrome and piano black trim pieces further spruce up the little Lincoln’s innards.

The feeling of quality extends to the Corsair’s controls, too. Common touchpoints such as the dashboard-mounted gear switches, knurled knobs for controlling the audio volume and fan speed, and the turn signal and windshield wiper stalks all move with an innate heft and deftness befitting this crossover’s $36,940 base price. 

How Easy Is It to use the Lincoln Corsair’s Infotainment System?

Lincoln tacks an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system to the center of the Corsair’s dash, regardless of trim. The monolithic screen responds quickly to inputs but offers comparatively little real estate relative to a number of the Corsair’s competitors. For instance, the Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class both include center screens that measure in at more than 10 inches. 

Fortunately, the Corsair supplements its somewhat crowded on-screen controls with physical knobs and buttons for the audio and climate control systems. Steering wheel-mounted controls provide additional control of infotainment functions, while also affording the driver the chance to interact with the standard 6.5-inch and available 12.3-inch instrument cluster displays. The latter is part of the Reserve trim’s optional Technology package, which also includes a head-up display.

Although the large digital gauge cluster’s crisp and tasteful graphics nicely complement the interior’s decor, its scant on-screen options limit the feature’s usefulness relative to the equally large unit Audi offers in the Q5. The German brand dubs its setup Virtual Cockpit, and it all but replicates the dashboard-mounted infotainment screen’s functionality by displaying items such as the navigation system’s on-screen map and various audio-related data, including artist and song information.

Despite its digital gauge cluster’s shortcomings, the Corsair’s steering wheel controls at least offer visually pleasing and generally intuitive functionality. Directional pads on the left and right wheel spokes allow users to control basic audio functions and quickly navigate to common audio, phone, and—if equipped—navigation tools. Augmenting the steering wheel’s physical controls are backlit directional symbols that display distinct commands for navigating specific on-screen menu items and function. Additionally, a lone button at the steering wheel rim’s 10 o’clock position allows the driver to easily enable the crossover’s voice command system. 

While the Corsair’s center stack and steering wheel controls are intuitive and ergonomically friendly enough for most, its available digital gauge cluster’s limited capabilities, as well as its center screen’s relatively small size, certainly leave room for improvement. Lincoln might also want to consider trading the piano black trim pieces that surround the steering wheel and center stack controls for something less prone to collecting fingerprints.

How Comfortable Is the Lincoln Corsair’s Interior?

Comfort is king in the Corsair, which comes standard with heated, 10-way power front seats. Ventilation is optional, as are 24-way power front seats with an integrated massage function, the latter of which are available exclusively on the higher-end Reserve trim. Thanks in part to the dashboard’s floating center stack, which houses the physical controls for the audio and climate control systems, the Corsair’s front passenger compartment feels especially roomy. Furthermore, the center console offers ample storage space for small items by way of a large covered bin located directly beneath the center stack, as well as a voluminous void beneath the center armrest.

The three-across rear bench seat is similarly accommodating. Sliding seat bottoms and reclining seatbacks allow those in the rear to take full advantage of the area’s 38.6 and 38.7 inches of legroom and headroom—figures that come within an inch of the 9.4-inch longer and $4,100 pricier Lincoln Nautilus. Air vents aft of the center console and available heated outboard seats bring additional opulence to the Corsair’s rear-seat space.

It might not have nabbed our SUV of the Year award, but the Lincoln Corsair remains a noteworthy luxury compact crossover. While its merits are many, the Corsair’s interior continues to stand out as one of its most admirable qualities.

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid crossover SUV will cost $39,220 to start

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:45
The quickest Toyota RAV4 SUV will also be the most expensive—at least initially. That's according to Toyota, which announced Friday that the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid crossover will cost at least $39,220 when it goes on sale around the end of June or early July. The 302-horsepower plug-in hybrid crossover that can sprint from 0-60 mph...
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Motortrend News Feed: Surprise! 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Won’t Get Price Hike

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:14

In big news for Corvette fans: There will not be a price increase for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stringray. It’s a silver lining in the production storm that battered the launch of the C8 that was reimagined as a mid-engine sports car after 50 years of longing by Vette enthusiasts.

That means the base price for the 2021 Stingray coupe, which was the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, remains at $59,995 while the convertible stays pat at $67,495. Other good news: You don’t have to get the Z51 performance package to enjoy GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control. It will be a standalone option, even on the base model, says Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette.

Customers will be able to order the 2021 C8s in late July. “We initially said we would start taking 2021 Corvette orders at the end of this month but, again, due to the plant being down for two months, we’re adjusting that timing to late July,” Juechter said. 2020 model production will also be extended through most of the year o try to fill as many existing orders as possible.

A Welcome Extension of a Surprisingly Low Starting Price

GM surprised the industry when it announced its long-awaited mid-engine car would start under $60,000, in keeping with the Chevrolet mandate to develop a sports car anyone could afford. That led to reports that the price would have to be hiked for the second model year.

MotorTrend talked to sources who said the impressive base price was only good for the first year, and that the true cost of the technically sophisticated car was about $20,000 higher and would have to be recouped at some point. GM was losing money on low-trim cars and hoping to make it up on higher trims and options. But the events of 2020 have put the price hike on hold. Historically we hike the price in the second year, when the car is still hot, but we’re not going to do that, Juechter said.

While the 2020 has only been on sale a few months, it is leading its albeit-small segment. Of the 20,181 total orders for the 2020 model, 83 percent of demand is for the coupe; 17 percent for the convertible, said Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles. Breaking down coupe orders, the 3LT is most popular with 44 percent of orders, followed by the 2LT at 40 percent and 1LT at 16 percent. Torch Red is the most popular color, followed by Arctic White, Black, and Sebring Orange. For interiors, jet black is the most requested, followed by black and red two-tone.

Corvette Production Hit With a Double Whammy

“We’ve been challenged during the launch with two circumstances that were beyond our control: the weeks long work stoppage last fall and now the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Juechter.

Here’s what happened: GM was building out the previous-gen C7 last fall when failure to reach a new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers resulted in a strike that halted assembly for six weeks. When workers returned to work in late October, they had to finish final orders for the outgoing front-engine Vette. Then the Bowling Green plant had to be idled for a couple weeks to retool to make the dramatically different eighth-generation car. Instead of starting production in December 2019—by which time the car had already sold out—the first 2020 Stringray coupe rolled off the line Feb. 3. Convertibles were to be added to the mix in April.

Then came the global pandemic, and by March GM had shut down production around the world. Plants in North America were closed March 20 as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many would-be Corvette owners were back to waiting.

Corvette production resumed in Kentucky on May 26 on a single shift and is slowly ramping up. When it is safe to do so, the second shift will resume, as well. “We’re acting like this is a new start, like we’re launching the car all over again,” Juechter said.

2020 Production Extended While 2021 Orders Delayed

All this made it impossible to build a full supply of 2020 models. GM will extend production of the 2020 Stingray through the fall and add convertibles to the line this summer. “This will help us to make sure we’re building most—but not all—of the 2020 Corvette orders we have received,” said Juechter.

By holding the price for those who will be offered a 2021 model instead, GM is essentially providing a two-year launch period and ensuring prospective buyers don’t go away empty-handed.

Customers will be updated on the status of their individual orders in the next couple weeks. There is a Corvette concierge they can call for updates, as well. Chevy will reach out to those whose orders won’t be filled when there is a better idea of how many will get built before the changeover to the new model year.

Convertible Joins the Line This Summer

The convertible will be added to the line this summer, although the specific date is not finalized because the plant just came back online and is feeling its way through a relaunch under new safety protocols. Juechter wouldn’t say how many additional 2020 Corvettes will be built, or the split between coupes and convertibles.

New Features for the 2021 Corvette

For 2021, there are two new colors: Red Mist Tint Coat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic, replacing Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Blade Silver Metallic. Juechter likes the new red so much, he has ordered a 2021 in it. He says it looks like it is glowing from the inside and is one of the most exciting new shades Corvette has ever introduced.

There are about 21 other updates for the new model year, but Juechter is not spilling all the beans yet. Full pricing including options, and further update details will be revealed closer to ordering in July.

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Motortrend News Feed: 2021 Buick Envision Offers a New Vision for the Brand’s Compact Crossover

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:45

Buick launched the Envision crossover in the United States for the 2016 model year, and almost half-a-decade later, the compact people mover is getting a complete overhaul. The 2021 Buick Envision goes on sale early next year with a more modern interior and a much more compelling exterior design.

Buick claims the new Envision is lower and wider than before, and we can definitely see the change in these photos the brand released. The Envision features a wider grille with a more subtle wing element running through the Buick badge. Along with the new grille, the Envision’s front end sports sharper headlights, as well as bolder creases on the hood. Slimmer taillights are the focal point of a more streamlined rear-end design. A new Avenir trim is on the way, promising to bring more upscale touches to the lineup.

Expect to see more standard safety features, too, including currently optional kit such as automatic emergency braking lane-keep assist. Other standard technologies on the 2021 Buick Envision include front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, and rear parking sensors. For extra coin, you can get an upgraded automatic parking assist system, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display, front parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

The current Envision comes exclusively with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The new model, however, offers a 10.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Without going into detail on specs, Buick notes the new Envision is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The current Envision features a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while an optional 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four is available with a nine-speed automatic. As we’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the latter powertrain provides the small crossover with solid acceleration, but its reasonable grunt fails to make the Envision fun to drive. Look for Buick to reveal more information about the 2021 Envision later this year.

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Property Week News Feed: Stock market summary: 29 May

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:59
Intu loses nearly 20% of its value.
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The Car Connection News Feed: New 2021 Ford F-150 set to be revealed June 25

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:46
The new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup will make its first appearance online June 25, the automaker announced Friday. The bestselling pickup is likely to add electrified options in the coming calendar year, including the previously confirmed all-electric F-150 and F-150 Hybrid. A spokeswoman for Ford confirmed the truck's online debut, but said the...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2021 Acura TLX preview, 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone review, gas prices don't worry Ford: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:43
2021 Acura TLX preview This time around, the 2021 Acura TLX sculpts a daring shape around zesty turbocharged engines and powertrains to jog our memories. It goes on sale later this year, while a hot TLX Type S sedan is penciled in for early next year. Duffer: Divided by opinions, united by wheels If the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and the...
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Property Week News Feed: JLL outlines sustainability progress made in 2019

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:24
JLL advised 85 clients on sustainability programmes and made more than 1,000 properties greener in the year it committed to achieving net zero carbon in its workplaces by 2030.
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Property Week News Feed: Manchester’s Arkwright House to undergo refurbishment

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:19
Manchester office building Arkwright House is set to undergo a significant refurbishment that will add new amenity and office space to the property’s reception area.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Duffer: Divided by opinions, united by wheels

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 12:00
“Is this the SRT? The 475-horsepower V-8?” Mr. Smith asks. My neighbor from across the street peers through the passenger window. “Six seater,” he says, almost to himself. He is mentally calculating things. In his driveway is a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Beside it is a white Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Last week, I was...
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Property Week News Feed: Government outlines plans to publish code of conduct on rental payments

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:23
The government is set to publish a code of practice to support high street businesses through the ongoing pandemic.
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Property Week News Feed: Dobbies pre-lets 75,000 sq ft at Designer Outlet Cotswolds

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:58
Garden centre operator Dobbies has pre-let 75,000 sq ft of retail space at Designer Outlet Cotswolds, where it will be the anchor tenant at the 195,000 sq ft Robert Hitchins retail scheme.
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Property Week News Feed: Dobbies pre-lets 75,000 sq ft at Designer Outlets Cotswolds

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:58
Garden centre operator Dobbies has pre-let 75,000 sq ft of retail space at Designer Outlet Cotswolds, where it will be the anchor tenant at the 195,000 sq ft Robert Hitchins retail scheme.
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Property Week News Feed: ​ Monsoon Accessorize on the brink of administration

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:33
Monsoon Accessorize is on the brink of administration adding to the string of high street casualties hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Property Week News Feed: Capco poised to buy stake in Shaftesbury

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:28
Capital & Counties is poised to buy a 26.3% shareholding in rival West End landlord Shaftesbury.
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Property Week News Feed: IPUT upsizes €300m Wells Fargo credit facility with added green focus

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:15
Irish office and logistics giant IPUT Real Estate has announced an upsized revolving credit facility of €300m (£270m) with Wells Fargo.
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Property Week News Feed: Safestay reports revenue increase of 26% for 2019

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 07:45
Hostel operator Safestay saw its revenue jump by 26% last year, but recorded a loss before tax of £0.6m.
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