2018 Ford Mustang

The Car Connection News Feed - 2 hours 14 min ago
The 2018 Ford Mustang is America’s muscle car. Available with four or eight cylinders, in coupe or convertible form, and boasting a track-ready Shelby model, this two-door, rear-drive icon saunters into 2018 with some mild style updates, new transmission and suspension features, a digital display. Left on the cutting-room floor: the...
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2019 Jeep Cherokee, Bullitt Mustang, Fisker EMotion: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - 2 hours 15 min ago
2019 Jeep Cherokee goes mainstream, turbocharged The 2019 Jeep Cherokee addresses its controversial design head on with an updated fascia and rear end that bring it more in line with its siblings, both big and small. Along with a new turbocharged engine, Jeep’s middle child should be better to drive and less polarizing to look at. 2019...
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta video preview

The Car Connection News Feed - 3 hours 7 min ago
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is here, and even if it doesn't look at that different from its predecessor, it's what's underneath that counts. And there are some major changes that make the 2019 Jetta ride and handle like the pint-size luxury sedan it once was. First, some inside baseball. The 2019 Jetta now rides on the same, sophisticated...
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2019 Infiniti QX50 Starts at $37,545

Motortrend News Feed - 3 hours 45 min ago

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 midsize crossover will start at $37,545 when it goes on sale this spring.

The model sits on a new platform and features a pioneering VC-Turbo engine that adjusts compression ratio to optimize efficiency and performance. This 2.0-liter turbo-four unit makes 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Also look for available ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous technology, which helps drivers steer, accelerate, and brake in a single lane in highway traffic. It also includes Direct Adaptive Steering, a steer-by-wire system that’s a first for a front-wheel-drive Infiniti.

With these updates, the starting price of the QX50 has gone up $1,900 compared to the previous model. After the base Pure model, Infiniti also offers Luxe and Essential trims, with the latter starting at $44,345. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,800 to any trim.

In addition to pricing information, Infiniti has announced a reservation rewards program for the QX50. Those who pre-order a QX50 will redeem gifts related to audio, home, and tech in three stages. The first tier of rewards became available when Infiniti received 4,000 reservations, and the second and third tiers will unlock at 8,000 and 12,000 reservations respectively. Customers are eligible to receive goodies if they reserve a QX50 by February 28 and buy or lease it by May 31.

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Landbanking review to be led by Letwin

Property Week News Feed - 4 hours 11 min ago
The government’s review of why hundreds of thousands of homes with planning permission have not been built has commenced with the appointment of an independent panel of experts.
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Gaps identified in Greater Manchester's brownfield registers

Property Week News Feed - 4 hours 37 min ago
Greater Manchester local authorities that failed to identify enough brownfield land to meet their housing needs are reviewing underused green space and Green Belt sites.
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Metropolitan and Thames Valley announce partnership plans

Property Week News Feed - 4 hours 42 min ago
Thames Valley Housing and Metropolitan have formed a partnership to increase their delivery of housing, improve services to the community and strengthen their financial positions.
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Chelsea FC to proceed with £1bn Stamford Bridge plans after injunction ruling

Property Week News Feed - 5 hours 14 min ago
Chelsea Football Club has moved a step closer to starting its £1bn stadium redevelopment after Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council used a temporary planning loophole to overturn a High Court injunction.
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Buccleuch releases land for 52 acre affordable housing & school scheme in Kettering

Property Week News Feed - 5 hours 25 min ago
Buccleuch Property has released land at its 52-acre development in Kettering to develop a care home, affordable housing, and a new primary school in deals worth £15m.
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Stenprop targets further growth after £13.5m aquisitions

Property Week News Feed - 5 hours 33 min ago
Investment firm Stenprop has set its sights on further growth in the multi-let industrial sector after completing the aquisition of three assets.
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Abu-Dhabi investment giant buys 'The Caley" in Edinburgh for £85m

Property Week News Feed - 5 hours 43 min ago
Hotel giant Hilton has sold the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian to Abu Dhabi-based Twenty14 Holdings for £85m, the largest regional hotel sale in the UK in a year.
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App launched for CRE investment appraisals

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 28 min ago
Intellect Automation has launched a new version of its Dashflow app, currently used by M&G Real Estate, Delancey and Colliers International, which allows users to appraise any property investment scenario.
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Legal & General secures largest North East industrial pre-let in a decade

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 32 min ago
LGIM Real Assets has secured a pre-let at Gateshead’s Follingsby Park, which will see the development of a new 135,000 sq ft warehouse for TOR Coatings.
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Octopus appoints Deacon to lead core credit

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 33 min ago
Specialist property lender Octopus Property has appointed Sean Deacon as its head of core credit.
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LCP signs double pre-let for Amazon expansion

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 38 min ago
Logistics Capital Partners has signed pre-lets with Amazon to develop two major new logistics hubs in Italy, totalling 1.75m sq ft.
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Rightmove founder joins launch team of new lender

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 43 min ago
Property developer Guy Harrington has launched a new finance group offering bridging loans, who’s board includes Rightmove founder Harry Hill.
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Ridley to take over from Helsby as Savills chief exec

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 10 min ago
Jeremy Helsby is set to retire as Savills’ group chief executive at the end of the year and will be succeeded by Savills UK chief executive Mark Ridley.
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2019 Jeep Cherokee goes mainstream, turbocharged

The Car Connection News Feed - 11 hours 15 min ago
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee addresses its controversial design head on with an updated fascia and rear end that bring it more in line with its siblings, both big and small. Along with a new turbocharged engine, Jeep’s middle child should be better to drive and less polarizing to look at. Jeep is retaining the current Cherokee’s two engines...
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2019 Jeep Cherokee First Look: Still on Comeback Trail

Motortrend News Feed - 12 hours 44 min ago

The Jeep name can be a license to print money, and the Cherokee midsize SUV is in the largest SUV segment that shows no signs of sales slowing anytime soon. But FCA still has some work to do, which is why the 2019 Jeep Cherokee—which makes its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show—gets a major update.

The Cherokee debuted in 2013, replacing the Jeep Liberty that had only 3.5 percent market share. The renamed Cherokee had work to do it if Jeep wanted to regain its position in the segment. The SUV underwent a dramatic design change and was rewarded with a tripling of its market share.

There is still more catching up to do. U.S. Cherokee sales of almost 170,000 last year were down 15 percent from 2016, so it falls to the refreshed 2019 model making its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show to rebuild demand. Built at the Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant, the 2019 Cherokee goes on sale this quarter.

“It is the most modern look for Jeep to date,” said FCA design chief Ralph Gilles, citing the new signature lighting and less body cladding. “It will feel like a new car.”

Being a refresh, the 2019 Cherokee’s wheelbase and chassis are the same but it now shares the new family look already on the refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2019 Cherokee gets a new face with a more vertical hood made of aluminum, new headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights into a single unit, as well as a new front clip and fascia. There is a new dual-pane sunroof, five new wheel designs, new colors, updated taillights, rear fascia, and dual exhaust. All halogen lights have been replaced by LEDs, even on base models. The new composite liftgate saves 18 pounds by ditching the old aluminum one and is now hands-free; open it with a swift kick of a leg under the sensor.

A new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine gets 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and has start-stop for better fuel economy, although figures were not given. The engine, also in the new 2018 Wrangler, becomes the new premium engine for the 2019 Cherokee.

Carryover engines include the 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 170 lb-ft of torque and the 3.2-liter V-6 that gets 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both have been tweaked to improve fuel economy. All are paired to the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Three all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems are available, and all have been enhanced. Active Drive I is fully automatic; Active Drive II has a two-speed power transfer unit with torque management and low range. You can lock 4-low mode and there is an extra inch of ride height. Active Drive Lock adds a locking rear differential for gnarlier off-road conditions. It is standard on the Cherokee Trailhawk. All offer a terrain traction control system with auto snow, sport, sand/mud and rock modes.

The aluminum hood, composite liftgate, lighter LEDs, new engine cradle and new suspension geometry contribute to a 200–pound weight loss.

The Cherokee comes in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk trim levels.

Trailhawk is almost a separate model within the Jeep family, and on the 2019 Cherokee, that model sits higher with wide fender flares, new wheels and dedicated 17-inch off-road tires. and the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk has standard red tow hooks and there is a forged tow/recovery hook in the back.

It was the job of Winnie Cheung, chief interior designer, to add a more premium feel and there are two new interior colors: Storm Blue (available on Latitude and Latitude Plus) and a Dark Sienna earthy tone available on the Overland trim. The Latitude gets a gold interior with higher-end materials for seats and door insets, nicer bezels and a stereo upgrade. The Overland has a softer instrument panel, satin chrome accents and matte piano black surfaces.

Jeep offers a choice between 7.0-inch and 8.4-inch infotainment screens, and the fourth-generation Uconnect system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A welcome touch is the addition of  more room for a phone near the charger and the addition of a rear USB port. Rear compartments were also redesigned for more storage—the rear cargo area is three inches wider now. Better utilization of interior space provides four more usable cubic feet.

Park assist is available and safety features range from forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and electric roll mitigation to adaptive cruise control that can slow the SUV to a complete stop.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Confirmed for 2019

Motortrend News Feed - 17 hours 2 min ago

Last month, we reported that thanks to evidence posted in a fan forum, the 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 was all but confirmed. Then, a few days after Christmas, a poster from that same fan forum found what looked like official wiring diagrams of the GT500’s engine.

Considering how much evidence we’d seen that the new Mustang GT500 was happening, we had a feeling it might be officially revealed at this year’s Detroit auto show. That didn’t actually happen, but Ford did officially confirm it’s coming for 2019.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s head of global operations, did say it would be the most powerful production car that Ford had ever sold. Plus, he promises it will be street legal.

Based on the teaser video you can see below, we now know that the Mustang GT500 will be supercharged and make more than 700 hp. For comparison, the 2013 Mustang GT500 made 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. The current Shelby GT350R, meanwhile, makes 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.

Source: Ford

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