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Motortrend News Feed: Live Your Best Land Yacht Life With This 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 22:35

Large personal luxury coupes have all but faded from existence, which we think you’ll agree is a damn shame once you take in all 226 inches of this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. And with a span of 126.3 inches between the front and rear wheels, this generation of Eldorado has the longest wheelbase of any front-wheel-drive car ever made. The bold red paint job just enhances these insane proportions. This loaded Biarritz with just 790 miles on the odometer will hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Palm Beach auction next week.

 

Impressively, this survivor of the Malaise Era has only been owned by one family since it was new. The red-and-white coupe has just about every option you can get on a 1978 Eldorado, including the Biarritz luxury package with “Astro Roof.” Inside the red pillow-top interior, you’ll find a reclining power passenger seat with six-way power adjuster, illuminated passenger vanity mirror, power door locks, and a radio with 8-track tape player. Other features include automatic climate control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power trunk lid release, rear window defogger, a stowaway spare tire, digital clock, and Twilight Sentinel illuminated entry system. To top it all off, an Astro Roof was added as a factory option from Cadillac. Another blast from the past: Power from the 425-cubic-inch V-8 engine is routed to the front wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission.

The 1978 model year was the last for this majestic Cadillac land yacht, and the wheelbase and overall dimensions of the subsequent eighth-generation Eldorado would shrink significantly. It may not be for everyone, but if you want to roll in ultimate 1970s style this well-preserved Caddy is hard to beat.

Barrett-Jackson heads into its second big event of the year, the 2019 Palm Beach auction,  April 11-13, 2019, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida. The 17th annual collector car sale will showcase hundreds of coveted vehicles, and the experts from MotorTrend will be there to bring you all the action LIVE from the auction block.  Check your local TV listings to find out where you can catch Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on MotorTrend Network and download the app for exclusive, live coverage. Need more viewing options? You can also tune in to our livestream from your web browser on April 11April 12, and April 13.

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Motortrend News Feed: 2020 Karma Revero to Use BMW Engine

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 20:00

The 2020 Karma Revero will debut in Shanghai later this month with a new design, and as we’re now learning, a new powertrain.

Karma says the next-gen Revero will use a BMW turbocharged three-cylinder engine to power an onboard electric generator. The car also gets a more powerful lithium-ion battery pack and a new transversely mounted, twin-motor rear drive module.

If you recall, the previous Revero—like the Fisker Karma before it—also had a gasoline engine, which acted exclusively as a range extender. But this one was a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from GM that made 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The two electric motors at the rear provided for a combined 403 hp and 981 lb-ft.

Karma has not revealed specs for the new Revero, but we can’t help but think of the BMW i8. The 1.5-liter turbo-three in this BMW sports car delivers 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, although with the electric bits, combined output is 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It’s unclear if the new Revero will continue to use the gas engine exclusively as a generator or if the engine will also be able to power the front wheels like a conventional hybrid, but Karma says the unit will “enhance overall vehicle performance” in addition to acting as a generator. The company promises improved performance over the old Revero, with 0–60 mph acceleration estimated at 4.5 seconds, nearly a second quicker than its predecessor. That’s behind BMW’s 4.2-second estimate for the i8 coupe, however.

BMW and Karma started working together on onboard generator systems in 2015. In a statement, Karma said it welcomes relationships with other companies to accelerate the product development process. Given that Karma is such a small company, a partnership like this makes a lot of sense.

In the above teaser image, which we brightened up a bit for clarity, you can see the Revero’s side profile. The long hood and wide haunches make it look similar to its predecessor. Along with the new Revero, Karma will show off two other vehicles at the Shanghai auto show. Karma’s all-electric Vision concept is set to debut, as well as a Pininfarina-styled concept.

The Revero will reach retail showrooms in the second half of the year.

Source: Karma Automotive

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Motortrend News Feed: Tesla Updates Autopilot for Automatic Lane Changes

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:40

Last year, Tesla expanded its semi-autonomous capabilities with Navigate on Autopilot. With the new feature, your Tesla can automatically take the correct freeway exit or interchange based on the route entered into the navigation system. Although the system would make lane change suggestions in accordance with the route and the speed you wish to travel, you still had to activate the turn signal if you wanted to change lanes. Now, that caveat no longer stands, as drivers can opt for automatic lane changes.

Tesla rolled out a software update this week giving drivers three new settings. One of these settings is “Require Lane Change Conformation,” and selecting “No” enables the automatic lane changes. Drivers also have the option to hear an audible chime before an upcoming lane change with the new setting “Lane Change Notification.” For cars made after August 2017, the steering wheel can vibrate to serve as another form of notification. Finally, drivers can tell the car to automatically activate Navigate on Autopilot every time a destination is entered onto the screen, thanks to the new setting “Enable at Start of Every Trip.”

Tesla says its cars have driven more than 66 million miles with Navigate on Autopilot, and more than 9 million suggested lane changes have been executed. In a pilot program, the automaker has already driven more than half a million miles with lane change confirmation turned off.

The changes are available to customers who have purchased Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability, which recently returned to the options roster. The new software is rolling out first in the U.S., with other markets to follow. In addition to Autopilot updates, Tesla is also rolling out new Atari games for the touchscreen. Check out the video below.

The updates arrive on the heels of a fatal Tesla crash last month that appeared eerily similar to another one that occurred in 2016. U.S. safety agencies are investigating the crash to determine whether Autopilot played a role.

Source: Tesla

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The Car Connection News Feed: Higher speed limits mean more road deaths, study finds

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:00
Rising speed limits in the U.S. are to blame a spike in highway fatalities, the IIHS said Thursday. The IIHS published new findings that showed an estimated 37,000 more drivers died due to increases in speed limits compared to if the limits hadn't been raised at all. On average, around 10,000 people die per year in speeding-related crashes. The...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Mazda 6

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:28
The 2019 Mazda 6 doesn’t make a bad step. This year, the mid-size sedan returns mostly unchanged from last year’s version, albeit with standard safety hardware that was optional last year. We give the sedan a 6.3 that belies our feelings about it: full safety information isn’t yet in that could raise its score, and base models...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 14:30
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Though it didn't ace the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests, the 2019 Jetta earned four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The compact sedan also scored four stars in the...
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Property Week News Feed: Hammerson, British Land and Knight Frank improve gender pay gap

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:55
Hammerson, Knight Frank and British Land have all reported falls in their gender pay gap.
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Property Week News Feed: LeadCrest launches sale and leaseback fund

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:53
LeadCrest Capital Partners (LeadCrest) has launched as a new fund management business specialising in sale and leaseback transactions across Europe.
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Property Week News Feed: Persimmon commissions independent review

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:52
Housebuilder Persimmon has commissioned an independent review to determine whether it is “appropriately positioned for the future”.
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Property Week News Feed: Pineapple relocates Covent Garden flagship

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:49
Dancewear brand Pineapple has relocated its flagship store to the Mercer’s Company’s Estate in Covent Garden.
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Property Week News Feed: Moor Park settles litigation

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:37
London-based commercial property investment company Moor Park Capital Partners has settled its claim against US firm Global Net Lease.
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Property Week News Feed: Moor Park settles litigation with payment

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:37
London-based commercial property investment company Moor Park Capital Partners has settled its claim against US firm Global Net Lease.
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Property Week News Feed: Puma Property agrees £17.5m loan for Edinburgh hotel development

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:48
Puma Property Finance has executed a £17.5m loan used to fund the development of a new hotel at Edinburgh Airport.
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Property Week News Feed: Begbies expands property arm with BSM acquisition

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 07:07
Business services group Begbies Traynor has expanded its property arm with the takeover of Barker Storey Matthews (BSM), the east of England-based surveying firm.
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Property Week News Feed: Civitas Social Housing shares fall on report

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:27
Civitas Social Housing’s share price fell 3.14% on Thursday to 92.4p following a government report that warned of a concentration of risk within the social housing registered provider sector.
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Property Week News Feed: Urban Exposure incurs £1.07m loss

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 05:37
Urban Exposure has attributed its £1.07m loss after tax last year to its rapid expansion.
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Property Week News Feed: Dashflow plans second funding round to drive international expansion

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 05:26
AI investment appraisal app Dashflow is planning a second round of funding to help drive its international expansion.
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Property Week News Feed: Amazon pre-let kickstarts next phase of Verdion’s iPort

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 05:25
Online retail giant signs for 731,000 sq ft unit in second, 3m sq ft phase of Doncaster logistics hub.
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Property Week News Feed: Holland & Barrett slammed by landlords for new rent terms

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 05:24
Legal action taken against health food chain after it changes payment terms from quarterly to monthly.
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Property Week News Feed: Martin’s Properties acquires first shed scheme

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 00:00
Martin’s Properties has acquired its first industrial scheme as it diversifies its £375m property portfolio across the South East and into a variety of sectors.
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