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Property Week News Feed: Property industry leaders demand net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 15:25
A letter signed by some of the property industry’s biggest figures has called on the government to put in legislation supporting the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)’s recommendation for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Kia Stinger crash tests, 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, the politics of electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 14:35
2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges Diesel powertrains might be on the ropes, but what’s left hits like a...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Entry lux: Cadillac CT4 to do battle with BMW 3-Series, Audi A4

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 14:35
The 2020 Cadillac CT4 that bowed Thursday stands ready to take on Germany's best, and it started from the top. The 320-horsepower turbocharged CT4-V is the enthusiast-oriented flagship of a lineup that will grow downward with at least one additional, less-powerful and more affordable model. Cadillac will debut a standard CT4 minus the V in a few...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Automakers brace as Trump threatens imports from Mexico with tariffs

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:59
President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to tax goods imported to the U.S. from Mexico with a 5% tariff beginning June 10 to curb illegal immigration. Trump announced the policy shift on Twitter, saying Mexico would need to curtail illegal immigrants flowing from Mexico to the U.S. or he would increase the tariffs by 5% every 90 days. ....at...
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Property Week News Feed: Madison International Realty acquires 3% Capco stake

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:13
US private equity firm Madison International Realty has acquired a 3.12% stake in Capital & Counties Properties (CapCo), describing its Earls Court scheme as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:00
Diesel powertrains might be on the ropes, but what’s left hits like a freight train. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is one of the last left standing due to its outstanding applications including the three-row 2019 Land Rover Discovery TD6. For some, the smoother lines of this generation’s Disco forsake its barndoor-shaped heritage and...
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Property Week News Feed: ‘Less than 1%’ of London PDR homes affordable

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:48
Less than 1% of homes that have been built under permitted development rights in London are affordable, according to research published by Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesperson, Tom Copley.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:00
The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. A Top Safety Pick+ is the insurance industry-funded group's highest accolade. The safety body put the sport sedan through its slew of tests and the car earned top marks in each category. The 2019 Stinger...
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Motortrend News Feed: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Why I’d Buy It – Christian Seabaugh

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 08:00

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

“What SUV should I buy?” is an incredibly tough question. I know you know that—that’s probably how you wound up here. Much goes into the decision-making process of what SUV to buy, but for me and my family, the right SUV for us is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Before I dig too deep into why we’d buy a Wrangler Unlimited, a little about my family unit to give you a little perspective—after all, you could be just like me. Or we might have nothing in common.

If you happen to be married (or at least in a committed long-term relationship), at the very tail end of your 20s, and with dogs, odds are we have something in common. My wife and I both work full-time, rent in Los Angeles, and have two dogs—a 60-ish pound black Lab/Australian cattle dog mix and a 25-pound beagle/dachshund mix. In what little free time we have, we love to escape civilization, going on long road trips and heading off-road into the middle of nowhere with our pups.

At the very basic level, we need an SUV with four-wheel drive and room for us and our dogs. But it’s never really that simple, is it? I’d like something with four doors because it’s easier to load the dogs in back. I’d also like a decent-sized cargo area. Oh! And the back seat must have A/C vents and windows that drop all the way down into the doors to keep the dogs happy. Up front I’d like an infotainment system that’s compatible with CarPlay.

I’d also like something that’s nice to drive and relatively efficient given how many trips we take. Some sort of electrification is a huge bonus, too—the globe ain’t getting any cooler, after all. Lastly, although my wife and I would plan on buying an SUV to literally drive into the ground, it holding its value would be a huge plus.

Given what we’re looking for in an SUV, only one option really ticks all of our boxes right now: MotorTrend’s2019 SUV of the Year, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. The four-door Wrangler comes standard with four-wheel drive, has a good-sized cargo area and a back seat that’d keep the pups happy, and is available with a mild hybrid 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that gives the Wrangler zippy performance both around town and on long legs on the highway, thanks to its 22/24/22 mpg city/highway/combined EPA rating.

Other vehicles I’d consider would be the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Despite the 4Runner checking a lot of the same boxes as the Wrangler—chiefly off-road capability, retained value, a dog-friendly back seat, and the added bonus of the power window in the tailgate—I eliminated it because it isn’t as refined as the Wrangler on the road, is less efficient, and has a disappointingly cheap interior. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk ended up losing out because it’s not any cheaper than the Wrangler, doesn’t hold its value as well, and isn’t as efficient. The only other SUV that could possibly check all my boxes would be the Ford Bronco, but it likely won’t hit streets until late next year.

My wife and I would share our SUV, and our budget would limit us to about $40,000 on a car. But given we’d essentially be making a lifetime purchase, we’d consider splurging a bit and sacrificing for a few years for the right vehicle.

There’s no getting around the fact the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s are expensive. Our budget covers a Wrangler Unlimited Sport S with just two options: the 2.0-liter engine/eight-speed automatic for $3,000 and a hard top for $1,195, for a grand total of $40,435. With such a bare-bones spec, we might as well get a fun color. How about Bikini Pearl blue?

Although I have no doubt we’d be happy with a Wrangler Unlimited Sport S, in this case, it would ultimately make more sense to splurge on a lightly optioned Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, as it comes standard (and backed by a factory warranty) with off-road features that I’d almost certainly be adding to a Wrangler Sport via the aftermarket—chiefly locking front and rear differentials, an electronically disconnecting front anti-roll bar, and more aggressive off-road tires. Given that—and the fact that we’d expect to own the Wrangler for at least 10–15 years—I’d feel comfortable splurging a bit.

For $48,230 I can get myself a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with the mild hybrid four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic, the Cold Weather package (remote start comes in handy in hot climates, too), and a black hard top. I’d say the extra $8,000 ensuring a lifetime of adventures to come is well spent.

 

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Property Week News Feed: Cadogan dividends more than double to £58m

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:40
The owners of Chelsea landlord Cadogan received £58.3m in dividends in 2018 - more than double the previous year.
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Property Week News Feed: Value of CapCo’s Earls Court land slumps over 10% in Q1

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:35
The value of Capital & Counties’ land holdings at Earls Court has fallen by over 10% in only the first three months of the year.
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Property Week News Feed: Market Halls set for £20m cash injection

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
Fast-growing food hall company close to securing investment from Bridgepoint
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Property Week News Feed: UK’s biggest-ever modular deal struck by PfP and ilke Homes

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
Launch of £100m JV, which will provide 750 units, hailed as potential ‘Uber moment’ for modular construction
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Property Week News Feed: Allied London and Vita Group partner for Enterprise City resi

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
Allied London and Vita Group have teamed up to deliver the first phase of residential development at Enterprise City in Manchester.
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Property Week News Feed: Change of use may mitigate rising vacancy rates in retail parks

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
The vacancy rate across UK retail parks rose sharply between the first half of 2018 and the end of the first quarter of this year, data from the Local Data Company (LDC) shows.
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Property Week News Feed: Howard de Walden Estate hires Gerald Eve’s North as head of leasing

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
The Howard de Walden Estate has appointed Richard North as head of leasing for its office, medical and educational portfolios.
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Property Week News Feed: Panattoni plans industrial scheme

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
Panattoni has revealed plans for a speculative industrial and logistics scheme in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
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Property Week News Feed: Allsop and Acuitus record fall in year-on-year sales totals

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:00
Latest sales totals down £27m at Allsop and £9m at Acuitus as large lots fail to sell at May auctions
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The Car Connection News Feed: Airbag fault prompts recall of 26k Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 17:00
Mitsubishi will recall thousands of Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans in the U.S. over airbags that may not deploy because of a sensor that misreads rough road conditions. The Japanese brand filed documents with the NHTSA last month, which the agency published this week. The recall documents state that 26,016 Mirage G4 models are subject to the recall...
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Property Week News Feed: ​Urban & Civic benefits from strong housebuilder demand

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:05
Urban & Civic has reported solid NAV growth in interim results and upped its forecast for plot sales in the current year.
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