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Property Week News Feed: RDI breaches covenant on shopping centres loan

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 07:39
RDI Reit has breached its lending covenants on four of its shopping centres.
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Property Week News Feed: Hilltop launches lending arm for SME housebuilders

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 07:34
Hilltop Credit Partners has launched as a specialist funding arm for small and mid-sized residential property developers and housebuilders across the UK.
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Property Week News Feed: Inland and Clarion join forces in Dagenham

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 06:46
Inland Homes has sold its site at Merrielands Crescent in Dagenham to Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association, and formed a joint venture development partnership at the scheme.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG debuts: A stylish 302-hp firecracker

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 22:01
Don't let its suave looks fool you: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG that debuted Monday is a 302-horsepower muscle machine in a tight-fitting track suit. The hottest version yet of the automaker's redesigned CLA four-door sedan retains the CLA300's elegant roofline, but it swaps in a high-output, AMG-massaged version of the automaker's 2.0-liter...
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Property Week News Feed: Bovis boss pay deal tops £2m

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:59
Greg Fitzgerald, chief executive of Bovis Homes, was rewarded for his first full year at the helm of the housebuilder with a pay deal worth more than £2m.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Redesigned Nissan Frontier due for 2021

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 17:00
The Nissan Frontier is finally ready an overhaul as the mid-size truck segment grows increasingly crowded. The 2019 Frontier has been on the market since 2004 and it looks like it'll stick around until a redesigned model arrives with more power in September 2020 for the 2021 model year, Automotive News reported Sunday. When the pickup shows up, it...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 VW Jetta crash test, Spring car cleaning, Ford Explorer Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:30
2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt A trial program that launched Tuesday in California and Arizona may provide new-car buyers saddled...
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The Car Connection News Feed: California sues EPA over Trump's emissions rollback

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:30
The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. Reuters reported on the...
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Property Week News Feed: Lincoln MGT unveils Station Hill’s new masterplan

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:18
Lincoln MGT has revealed the new masterplan for its £750m Station Hill scheme in Reading, as first reported by Property Week last year.
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Property Week News Feed: Bould appointed chairman of Coyote

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:49
Coyote Software, the real estate software company, has appointed Rob Bould as its first chairman.
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Property Week News Feed: Oxenwood acquires two logistics schemes

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:45
Oxenwood Real Estate has acquired two logistics facilities in Leicester and Manchester for £24m, reflecting a net initial yield of 5.4%.
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Property Week News Feed: Circle fully lets Milton Keynes scheme

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:41
Circle Property has secured a letting at Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, bringing the scheme to 100% let.
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Property Week News Feed: Unite post rises in portfolio values

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 07:09
Student accommodation giant Unite has posted rises both its funds during the three months to the end of March.
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Property Week News Feed: McKay agrees £180m RCF

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:54
McKay Securities has agreed a £180m revolving credit facility (RCF) to replace three current bilateral facilities totaling £125m.
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Property Week News Feed: Begbies' share price drops on acquisition

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:50
Begbies Traynor saw its share price fall 1.14% to 61.78p on Friday after acquiring surveying firm Barker Storey Matthews, expanding its property services division.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 11:23
A trial program that launched Tuesday in California and Arizona may provide new-car buyers saddled with student debt with up to $900 toward their education loans if the take delivery of a new Hyundai by September 30. Hyundai dubs the program Student Assurance, and for now it's only available at certain dealerships in California and the Phoenix...
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Motortrend News Feed: 2018 BMW X3 M40i Long-Term Update 2: M Means More

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 08:00

During Car of the Year testing back in 2015, lead photographer William Walker and I thought it would be fun to count how many M badges adorned the 340i M Sport we had in the competition. I can’t recall the exact number, but I think we got to 30 and decided we’d better get back to the bazillion other cars we had left to shoot. Point is, you can get the fabled M badge on any BMW nowadays, some more deserving than others. Our X3 isn’t a full-blown M-car, so does it deserve the 15 M badges it sports? We took it to our test track to find out.

The X3 M40i takes 4.8 seconds to hit 60 mph and 13.4 seconds to cover the quarter mile at 103 mph. According to road test editor Chris Walton, “The numbers say it’s quick, but it’s so undramatic that it doesn’t feel this quick.” This lack of drama can be attributed to the buttery-smooth B58 engine (the most powerful version available until the Z4 arrives at dealerships) and the ZF eight-speed, arguably the best automatic transmission in the industry. For comparison, the first E46 M3 we tested in 2001 took 4.7 seconds to reach 60 mph and 13.2 seconds at 106.9 mph for the quarter mile. The M3 is 18 years older, but it’s a legitimate M car and weights about a thousand pounds less, so it’s fun to know the X3 won’t be embarrassed in a straight-line race. Braking is also comparable: The X3 takes 112 feet to stop from 60 mph compared with the E46 M3’s 111 feet. That’s thanks to its 13.7-inch vented discs up front and 13.5-inch vented discs at the rear, 0.9 and 0.6 inch larger than the M3’s, respectively.

Our X3 also impressed testing director Kim Reynolds in the figure eight. He was “surprised at how much it rotates after braking and turning in. This thing is well balanced,” which is a characteristic of the E46 M3 and M cars of the past. The X3 does understeer at the limit but not overwhelmingly so, a trait undoubtedly engineered in to appease BMW lawyers. Steering is direct though not as crystal clear when communicating what the front wheels are up to. Then again, neither was the E46 M3.

I can no longer tell whether the M badge on any given vanilla BMW came with the car from the factory or is a cheap eBay knockoff, but it’s safe to say the X3 M40i has enough M mojo that it deserves to rock a few (or 15). I’m curious to see for myself if it can hold its badges on at a road course. Track day, anyone?

Read more about our long-term 2018 BMW X3 M40i:

2018 BMW X3 M40i BASE PRICE $55,295 PRICE AS TESTED $68,670 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 3.0L/355-hp/369-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,282 lb (50/50%) WHEELBASE 112.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 186.1 x 74.7 x 66.0 in 0-60 MPH 4.8 sec QUARTER MILE 13.4 sec @ 103.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 112 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.9 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 20/27/23 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 169/125 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.86 lb/mile

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Tesla Model S

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 00:15
The Tesla Model S wasn’t the first model from the California electric carmaker, but it’s the one that put Tesla on the trajectory as an innovator. It was unprecedented in many ways and has already earned a place in history books—the fastest volume-production plug-in car; the longest-range electric car; and the first production...
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Motortrend News Feed: The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Kicks Off in Miami

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 00:04

If your obsession with cars began as a child, then chances are you had a sizable collection of Hot Wheels scattered throughout your room. It’s no secret the Hot Wheels brand is a global icon and in case you weren’t aware, the infatuation with these highly-detailed, micro-sized dream cars has only gained momentum over the years.

Last year, the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary by creating the first annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour. This year, we’re tagging along with the tour and we kicked things off in Miami, Florida, with our sights set on 17 other cities across the country.

Hot Wheels fans and car enthusiasts from Miami and surrounding regions swarmed the Pembroke Pines Walmart parking lot for the first stop of the tour. Historic life-sized Hot Wheels cars were on display for everyone to enjoy, kids were treated to various games, a pit stop challenge took place and the Hot Wheels vending truck was on deck giving attendees a chance to score some precious metals with some of the icons exclusive collectibles.

Around 300 custom and collector cars were judged by a panel of Hot Wheels designers, automotive influencers which included Richard Rawlings (Gas Monkey Garage), Elo (Miami Supercar Rooms) and Sam Morris from Gooichi Motors (aka PistachioFD). The judges were looking for cars that exhibited creativity, authenticity, and garage spirit. Among the cars on display were a ’92 Daihatsu Hijet dubbed “Little Snokyo,” Volkswagen Busses and Beatles, and a rat rod inspired Lamborghini Espada.

The beautiful Miami weather and an enthusiastic crowd proved to be the perfect backdrop to the big announcement everyone had been waiting for. With just one winning vehicle selected from each stop of the tour, the very first of 2019 would be Jose Lugo’s 1947 Willy’s Jeep.

One finalist from each stop will join Hot Wheels at SEMA 2019 in Las Vegas – there, one lucky finalist will have their custom vehicle transformed into an official Hot Wheels die-cast. For upcoming tour stops and general information about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, visit hotwheels.mattel.com.


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Motortrend News Feed: Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Ford Escape

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 23:15

Ford is positioning its fourth-generation Escape as a crossover for urbanites. Not only does the model gain hybrid powertrains and more cabin technologies, but it also looks more carlike than its predecessor, which will help differentiate it from the upcoming Baby Bronco that will be similarly sized. It’s clear that the 2020 Ford Escape feels younger and fresher, but has it strayed too far from its roots?

Up front, the new Escape looks a lot like the Focus hatchback. The shape of the headlights and grille are highly reminiscent of the compact economy car that’s no longer sold here. The front end is lower overall, contributing to its carlike look. A new, thin light signature makes an impression on more rounded headlights. The badge no longer sits smack in the middle of the grille; it now takes a more subtle positioning higher up on the front fascia. The hood shut line is higher than before, too.

Look at the new Escape from the side profile, and you’ll notice softer character lines that run across the doors. The shape of the body cladding has changed, along with the shape of the windows. The rear end looks more upright than before from this angle as well. It may not be immediately apparent, but the 2020 Escape is 2.4 inches longer than its predecessor. It’s also wider, and just a hair lower.

The rear actually doesn’t look too much different than before. The license plate holder looks familiar, and the bumper holds its shape for the most part. A grab handle for the liftgate is still placed low on the rear fascia. The most obvious change is the new taillights, but Ford also rearranged other lighting elements here.

The Escape was starting to look pretty ancient inside the cabin. Fortunately, the new model loses the clunky infotainment setup of the old model for a new system. There is also a new optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster just in front of the driver. The control setup is no longer bamboozling, and a rotary gearshift frees up space once taken up by a gear selector. Ford says to expect more headroom, shoulder room, and hiproom in both rows.

Do you think the 2020 Ford Escape is refreshing or revolting? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

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