Colliers expands in India with Synergy Property merger

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:36
Colliers International has bought a controlling interest in leading project management firm, Synergy Property Development Services to create one of India’s largest commercial real estate firms.
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RDI continues German retail exit

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:26
RDI REIT has sold the Bahnhof Center in Altona, Hamburg to Volksbank eG Braunschweig Wolfsburg for €91m (£80.8m).
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Knotel forms management partnership with Great Portland Estates

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 07:01
Knotel has agreed to manage 82,000 sq of office space for Great Portland Estates (GPE) in Moorgate, London.
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2020 Honda Accord Priced From $24,800

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:51

The Honda Accord is the hands-down benchmark in its segment, besting rivals with its unique combination of a smooth ride, satisfying handling, and sophisticated and spacious interior. So we’ll forgive Honda for increasing the starting price by $150 as the midsizer moves into a new model year. The 2020 Honda Accord goes on sale today with a base price of $24,800, undercutting the 2020 Toyota Camry’s starting price of $25,250.

As much as we love the Accord, we were hoping Honda would make a few tweaks to the 2020 model before its 2021 mid-cycle refresh. But we didn’t get those updates, as the 2020 Accord returns virtually unchanged. It still gets a generous list of standard features, including Honda Sensing, which bundles together collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and traffic sign recognition.

The 1.5-liter turbo-four returns as the base engine making 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, backed by a CVT. A 2.0-liter turbo-four remains available with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, pairing with a 10-speed automatic. Don’t worry—the manual transmission is still available on either engine with the Sport trim. The Accord Hybrid will return for 2020, but prices and on-sale information will be announced separately.

Models with the 2.0-liter gas engine start at $31,990. The most expensive Accord is the Touring, and it starts at $37,030. That’s much more than the starting price of the highest trim level on the Camry, the XSE V6, which goes from $35,955.

We can’t complain that Honda is keeping the same successful formula in place for 2020. But about a year from now, we can expect some minor visual updates, which we hope will replace the large belt-buckle Honda badge on the grille with something a little more subdued. We can also reasonably expect a few additional features to help sweeten the pot further and lure back crossover-crazed customers.

Source: Honda

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Nissan forges the same path with 2020 Pathfinder

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:30
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will lumber down same path its been on since 2017, when it was last updated. While other automakers have ushered in new models to compete for three-row buyers—redesigns and new launches in 2020 alone include the new Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander—Nissan seems content to let...
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Tesla Model S Nürburgring Time Might Beat Porsche Taycan’s—By a Lot

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:33

The EV track wars are here! Prior to the release of its new EV, Porsche revealed that a mostly production-spec Taycan Turbo S completed a lap of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 42 seconds. That’s the same time Porsche ran in a Cayman GT4 in 2015.

With that lap, the Taycan became the fastest four-door electric vehicle ever to lap the storied circuit, which awakened a competitive spirit in a certain eccentric social media–savvy CEO. Just eight days after Porsche announced the news, Elon Musk riled the Teslarati with one tweet: “Model S on Nürburgring next week.”

German media outlet Auto Motor und Sport reported this morning that based on an unofficial stopwatch measurement, a heavily modified Model S lapped the ‘Ring in just 7 minutes, 23 seconds. (For a little context, the mid-engine Ferrari 488 GTB completes a lap in 7 minutes, 21 seconds.) Based on that time, the Model S could be a massive 19 seconds quicker than Porsche’s Taycan, and thus the fastest electric car around the Nürburgring.

It’s important to note that comparing near-production cars to modified cars is like comparing apples to pineapples. The Taycan that set the record was running all the same hardware, software, and tires as the car you’ll be able to buy at a Porsche dealer, with the addition of a safety cage and racing seat.

Tesla’s test mule was seen wearing super-aggressive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which are not currently offered on the Model S. It also appears to have wider fenders, different wheels, and unique aerodynamic elements compared to the current highest-performing Tesla, the Model S P100D. Last week, Tesla announced that a Model S prototype testing a new “Plaid” powertrain set a lap record at Laguna Seca. Musk said in a tweet that Plaid is about a year away from production. It’s unclear if the Model S at the ‘Ring is also a Plaid prototype, but either way, Porsche is sure to take notice.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that Tesla plans to stay at the Nürburgring for at least three weeks, and that the automaker will attempt to officially set the fastest electric car record this week. Whether you’re a Porschephile or a Tesla fan, it’s a very exciting time for performance EVs.

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2020 Ford Escape review, Tesla Model S Plaid on Nurburgring, VW's electric vehicles: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:34
2020 Ford Escape first drive With turbocharged and hybrid powertrains in its lineup, the redesigned 2020 Ford Escape asks drivers to choose their fighter. We surprised ourselves by preferring the Hybrid. Compare: 2020 Ford Escape versus 2019 Toyota RAV4 The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are compact-crossovers titans with great fuel...
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JP Morgan chooses Argyle Street scheme for new HQ

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:52
Investment bank JP Morgan Chase has announced its new home in Glasgow will be a 13 storey 270,000 sq ft office scheme on Argyle Street in the heart of the city’s financial district.
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Ford recalls sedans and crossovers affected by road salt

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:58
Road salt can corrode the electric power steering mechanism in certain Ford and Lincoln models, Ford announced in a recall. The 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedans, as well as the 2015-2016 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX five-seat crossovers were listed in the recall. The recall was specific to vehicles originally sold or...
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Last wave: Chevrolet cancels Malibu Hybrid sedan for 2020

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:49
The most efficient sedan in Chevrolet's lineup won't return for 2020. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, Chevy spokesman Kevin Kelly confirmed to The Car Connection this week. The mid-size Malibu sedan will be offered with a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-4 for 2020. The Chevy Malibu Hybrid returned 46 mpg...
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GM recalls 2018 Chevy Malibu with turbo engine

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:12
General Motors is recalling certain 2018 Chevy Malibu mid-size sedans equipped with 1.5-liter turbo-4 engines. A software error can prevent the engine from starting and, in rare cases, the car can stall while running and increase the risk of a crash. The software error in the engine control module (ECM) disables the fuel injectors, which is a...
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Ancala buys 45% stake in Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:32
Peel Group has sold a chunk of its stake in Liverpool John Lennon Airport to investor Ancala Partners, which now owns almost half of the airport.
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Moorfield snaps up two logistics assets for £14m

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:04
Moorfield has purchased two logistics assets in Milton Keynes and Felixstowe for a combined sum of £14m.
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Big Yellow teams up with industrial developer for £40m scheme

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:49
Big Yellow is teaming up with industrial development specialist, Lesingham, to deliver a £40m multi-unit industrial development alongside a new Big Yellow storage centre.
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New boutique hotel planned for central Birmingham

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:45
Plans have been submitted to convert an office building at Birmingham’s New Street into a 259-bedroom hotel.
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Landsec’s flex brand Myo signs five tenants

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:29
Myo has signed five new businesses to its flexible office space at 123 Victoria Street in London Victoria, taking occupancy to almost 60% four months after its opening.
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PMM Real Estate Finance fund £14m for modular factory

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:16
PMM Real Estate Finance has provided a £14m loan to fund a modular factory in Explore Industrial Park, Nottinghamshire.
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£166m property loan to help Glasgow Council fund equal pay bill

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:02
Canada Life Investments has completed a £166m, 30-year loan facility, secured against property in Glasgow to help fund the council’s recently settled £500m equal pay bill.
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Cushman & Wakefield appoint partner from Savills to lead Middle East desk

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:39
Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Hassan Farran as a partner to lead its Middle East desk in the EMEA Capital Markets team in London.
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2020 Ford Escape First Test: Is This CR-V-Fighter a Good Car?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:00

Oh look, another RAV4 or CR-V. Ford hopes your quest to escape automotive sameness will end with the new Escape. Finally redesigned, the 2020 Ford Escape crossover is ambitious and charming, but this isn’t a picture-perfect story. We tested the 2020 Escape’s two non-hybrid engines to determine where it fits into an enormous field and to pose the question: Can you really put a three-cylinder engine in a compact family SUV?

First off, the answer is yes. Slower Escape drivers who blast the radio may never know how many cylinders are under the hood. The 2020 Escape’s 179-hp 1.5-liter turbo-three moves the Ford with plenty of authority—and our objective test numbers bear this out. On the test track, our front-drive 2020 Escape 1.5T tester hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Accelerate that quickly, however, and you may hear what sounds like TV static from the front of the car.

“It will sound like it’s broken to people unfamiliar with how turbos work,” editor-in-chief Ed Loh said.

Step up to the 250-hp 2.0T model, and you’ll notice the extra oomph. Our $39,775 2020 Escape Titanium 2.0T tester managed a 6.9-second run to 60 mph. If you’re only shopping Escapes and have a lead foot, go for the 2.0T. But if the idea of a 40-grand Escape gives you pause, most MotorTrend editors are right there with you. The 2020 Escape Titanium 2.0T’s track-tested acceleration isn’t much quicker than the Honda CR-V 1.5T (7.5–7.6 seconds) or the Mazda CX-5 Signature, which is quicker (6.4 seconds), more attractive, and more upscale inside.

The Escape’s appeal grows once you throw it around a corner. The new Ford shifts directions with a lightness that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s driven a Focus or even a last-gen Escape. On the figure-eight course, which evaluates cornering, braking, acceleration, and the transitions between them, the front-drive Escape 1.5T’s performance of 28.2 seconds at 0.62 g (average) would have placed it just on the slow side of our enormous comparison test of compact SUVs. As for the all-wheel-drive Escape 2.0T, that heavier but more powerful model finished the figure eight in a slightly improved 27.7 seconds at 0.64 g (average). Stay tuned for our impressions on the 2020 Escape hybrid and plug-in models.

Where we’d like to see immediate improvement across the Escape line is the interior. One quick note: Our testers were pre-production prototypes, and it’s possible some of the issues we saw will be addressed before cars reach dealers. But MotorTrend editors panned both Escapes for cheap-feeling interiors, a couple found the driver’s seat uncomfortable, and the engine-start button’s location is a bit awkward. Too bad, as the interior is otherwise respectable for those not seeking spaciousness matching that of the comparison-winning, SUV of the Year-earning Honda CR-V. And Ford gets points for applying a cool geometric pattern to the Escape SE 1.5T’s cloth seats as well as to both crossovers’ doors.

There’s plenty of space for four, and the rear seats—which can move about 6 inches forward—have an easily accessible backrest recline lever. The cargo area can handle 33.5 to 37.5 cubic feet of your stuff (depending on the rear seats’ position), but there’s no lever back there to fold down the rear seats.

Although the 2020 Ford Escape hasn’t been safety-tested as this is written, even the base S has the Co-Pilot360 package, which includes blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and a lane-keeping system. Go all out on the Titanium, and Ford throws in a new Evasive Steering Assist system and adds lane centering to the adaptive cruise control also available on other trims.

As you may have guessed, the 2020 Escape’s sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. If you can, at least start with the 2020 Escape SE, which replaces the S’ tiny 4.2-inch infotainment screen with an 8.0-inch unit complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Escape SE also upgrades the exterior from the S’ black grille and door handles, and upgrades the headlights, too. Higher on the 2020 Escape’s trim walk, you’ll find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster—a cool feature in this class, one that makes me want to cycle through the drive modes just to see the graphics change.

We’re thrilled Ford has redesigned the Escape, which had grown stale and placed sixth of nine in a comparison back in 2016. The new 2020 Escape looks like nothing in its class, and some will find its overall package appealing. We more or less do, too, but—when focusing on the non-hybrid 1.5T and 2.0T models—nothing jumps out at us as game-changing. Still, if you want something different from MotorTrend favorites such as the excellent Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, add the 2020 Escape to your shopping list.

2020 Ford Escape SE 1.5T 2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0T AWD BASE PRICE $28,190 $37,780 PRICE AS TESTED $28,885 $39,775 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 1.5L/179-hp/177-lb-ft turbo DOHC 12-valve I-3 2.0L/245-hp/275-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,314 lb (59/41%) 3,714 lb (58/42%) WHEELBASE 106.7 in 106.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.5 x 74.1 x 66.1 in 180.5 x 74.1 x 66.1 in 0-60 MPH 8.4 sec 6.9 sec QUARTER MILE 16.6 sec @ 84.5 mph 15.3 sec @ 89.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft 123 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.78 g (avg) 0.76 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.2 sec @ 0.62 g (avg) 27.7 sec @ 0.64 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON Not yet tested Not yet tested ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY Not yet tested Not yet tested CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB Not yet tested Not yet tested

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