Cadillac's Super Cruise is the best driver assist system, says Consumer Reports

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When it comes to helping you drive, one system guides better than all the rest and it is Cadillac's Super Cruise, Consumer Reports announced on Wednesday. The non-profit consumer advocacy group tested 17 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to determine which ones best helped the driver on long highway road trips or in stop-and-go traffic...
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First Base and Railpen acquire site for 250,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme in Cambridge

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Developer First Base and RPMI Railpen have bought a three-acre site in Cambridge city centre with plans to develop a 250,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme.
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Stock market weekly: w/b 19 October

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NewRiver and Hammerson see big rises in share price for the week beginning 19 October.
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2021 Toyota Sienna

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What kind of car is the 2021 Toyota Sienna? What does it compare to? The Sienna is a passenger-oriented minivan, with seating for 7 or 8. A hybrid powertrain on all models in the lineup assures EPA ratings of up to 36 mpg, and equipment spans from sensible and durable in base LE and XLE models to more lavish, tech-focused and leather-upholstered...
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2021 Ford Edge SUV reboots with more tech features

The Car Connection News Feed - 4 hours 58 min ago
The 2021 Ford Edge mid-size crossover SUV reboots with a larger touchscreen, a new infotainment system with over-the-air updates, and more USB ports, Ford announced Wednesday. The biggest change comes with the largest touchscreen in the class, Ford says. The Edge competes with other mid-size crossover SUVs that seat five, such as the 2021...
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Colliers upbeat amid falling revenues

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Colliers’ revenue fell by 6% relative to the same quarter last year according to its Q3 report, but the company expects its full year results “to be stronger than previously anticipated”.
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2021 Ford Edge updated, 2021 Jaguar E-Pace previewed, Fisker Ocean maps a plan: What's New @ The Car Connection

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2021 Ford Edge SUV reboots with more tech features The 2021 Ford Edge gets a larger infotainment screen with over-the-air updates and more USB ports. 2021 Toyota Sienna review The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan is a hybrid with available all-wheel drive netting an estimated 36 combined. It comes standard with active safety features, a...
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Bruntwood Works signs six businesses to Manchester flexible workspace

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Bruntwood Works has welcomed six new businesses to Blackfriars, its new flexible workspace in Manchester.
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2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e First Test: Worth Every Penny?

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Usually when you face a choice between a conventional gas or plug-in hybrid SUV or car, the PHEV struggles to save enough fuel to offset the cost of the battery, motor, and all that extra copper. For some drivers, the BMW X3 xDrive30e might just pencil out. But will it kill your soul while doing so?

How the BMW X3 xDrive30e Plug-In Hybrid SUV Can Pay For Itself

Changing the “i” at the end of that model designation to an “e” costs $4,600. For that, you get a 107-hp/77-lb-ft electric motor sandwiched between your engine and transmission, which boosts the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine’s output to 288 hp and 310 lb-ft. (In the xDrive30i it makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft.) You also get a hefty 12-kWh battery pack capable of propelling the X3 on battery power alone for an EPA-rated 17 miles. When driving in that mode, the EPA rates it at an impressive 59/61/60 mpg-e on its city/highway/combined cycles, but the added weight of all this equipment (782 pounds on our scales) means that when that battery gets depleted, it gets the same fuel economy as the six-cylinder X3 M40i (21/27/24 mpg).

Here’s how you can make the X3 xDrive30e pencil out in terms of fuel costs alone, using the five-year, 15,000-miles-per-year (41 per day) ownership model our partners at IntelliChoice developed. First, you need to plug in every night and drive at least 17 electric miles every day. Doing that, using national average costs for electricity and premium fuel of 13.19 cents/kWh and $3.08/gallon, the 17 daily miles add up to $2,292 over five years, and the remaining 24 miles/day will cost $5,808, for a total of $8,100—$783 less than IntelliChoice’s $8,883 fuel cost for the X3 xDrive30i, and nowhere near our $4,600 target. But suppose you commute 17 miles each way to a generous, planet-loving employer offering free EV charging*? Now 34 miles per weekday (plus 17 daily miles on the weekends) costs your household that same $2,292, while the remaining 4,392 miles are gas only, costing $2,900, for a total of $5,192—a fuel savings of $3,691 relative to the xDrive30i. That’s 80 percent of the cost difference. Drive it another year or two and you’re there—less, if IntelliChoice finds the depreciation to be less for the PHEV model (full cost of ownership data is incomplete for this model).

How Quick is the 5,018-Pound X3?

This electrified SUV is “massive,” but it’s a low, road-hugging, rear-biased (43/57 front/rear percent) mass. The added electrification nearly maintains the xDrive30i’s weight-to-power ratio (17.4 lb/hp versus the gasser’s 17.1), but because of the electric motor’s strong low-end torque (its peak lasts from 0-3,170 rpm), it accelerates considerably quicker. The 60-mph dash takes just 5.4 seconds en route to a 14.5-second, 98.1-mph quarter mile. That roughly lands the xDrive30e neatly between the non-electrified four and six-cylinder X3s. The xDrive30i’s stats are 6.3 seconds and 14.8 at 92.6; the M40i’s are 4.8 and 13.4 at 103.7. This result is particularly remarkable given that the hybrid’s GA8P75HZ transmission features unique gearing that pencils out slightly taller (more efficiency minded) than the shared gearing of the gas models.

As with most BMWs, fiddling with the drive modes alters the mood of the vehicle substantially. Naturally, there’s a fully electric mode that allows fuel-free motoring up to 84 mph; a hybrid mode can remain fully electric to 68 mph, while the EcoPro, adaptive, and sport modes ratchet up the driving fun as in the X3’s sisterships.

Is the X3 xDrive30e Any Fun to Drive?

Our test sample was kitted out for peak driving fun, with the M Sport 2 and Dynamic Handling packages and shod in 20-inch Pirelli P Zero summer run-flat tires. As such, it smokes the braking and lateral-g performance of our last X3 xDrive30i (on 19-inch Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport all-season tires). It out-brakes our long-term M40i, doing 60­­–0 mph in 110 versus 112 feet, and even manages a bit more max-lateral grip (0.89 to 0.84 g), and that one wore 21-inch Bridgestone Alenza summer tires. Had we been able to perform our figure-eight test in Michigan, it surely would have logged a low-26-second lap. So yes, there is typical car enthusiast fun to be had at the helm. There’s also geek-fun to be had paging through the many performance- and economy-oriented screens and displays available in the cluster, the central screen, and the head-up display.

How Does the BMW X3 xDrive30e Compare With Its Rivals?

Sadly, we have no official experience with this X3’s obvious plug-in competitors—the similarly sized Audi Q5 55 TFSI e and the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e—so we’re ill-equipped to compare them. The Audi and BMW are rated to tow 4,400 pounds, and the Mercedes can only manage 3,600 if that helps in the elimination process. Otherwise, on paper these two competitors cost more to start with—$52,995 for the Audi and $52,895 for the Benz compared to $49,545 for this X3—but their extra cost buys extra output and economy. Their electrified 2.0-liter drivetrains make more power and torque—362 hp/369 lb-ft for the Audi and 320 hp and 413 lb-ft for the Mercedes—so odds are they’ll be quicker. They also get higher EPA ratings: 64/66/65 mpg-e (25/29/27 mpg on gas only) for the Audi and 67/70/68 mpg-e (23/28/25 mpg, gas) for the Mercedes. Those cars boast 2–4 additional miles of electric range, too. Of course, the premium you pay for the PHEV hardware is also steeper, so making the saved fuel costs pay off the premium might require an unreasonable amount of mooched electricity.

*Workplace EV Charging

The Department of Energy established an EVs Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge, and as of 2015, 83 percent of participating companies were offering the benefit free of charge. Numerous state and local incentive and rebate programs have been set up to help offset the infrastructure costs of implementing workplace charging. Offering free charging has been found to boost employee satisfaction and loyalty, and smart chargers can be programmed to charge only for cars left lingering on a charger more than four hours or after they’re fully charged.

2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2018 BMW X3 M40i BASE PRICE $49,545 $43,645* $55,295* PRICE AS TESTED $65,020 $57,470 $68,670 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 2.0L/181-hp/258-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 plus 107-hp/77-lb-ft elec, 288 hp/310 lb ft comb 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 3.0L/355-hp/369-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,018 lb (43/57%) 4,236 lb (49/51%) 4,282 lb (50/50%) WHEELBASE 112.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.9 x 74.4 x 66.0 in 186.1 x 74.7 x 66.0 in 0-60 MPH 5.4 sec 6.3 sec 4.8 sec QUARTER MILE 14.5 sec @ 98.1 mph 14.8 sec @ 92.6 mph 13.4 sec @ 103.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft 123 ft 112 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.89 g (avg) 0.82 g (avg) 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT N/A 26.9 sec @ 0.64 g (avg) 25.9 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 21/27/24 mpg (gas); 59/61/60 mpg-e* (gas+elec) 24/29/26 mpg 21/27/23 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 160/198 kW-hrs/100 mi (gas); 57/55 kW-hr/100 mi (gas+elec) 140/116 kW-hrs/100 miles 160/125 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.02 lb/mile (gas); 0.32 lb/mile (gas+elec) 0.75 lb/mile 0.83 lb/mile *Pricing has changed such that it’s not possible to configure a 2020 X3 exactly as these 2018 models were, but for comparison, the 2020 base price for the xDrive30i is $44,945, and for the M40i it’s $56,895.

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ilke Homes secures Northamptonshire development site

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 52 min ago
Modular housing company ilke Homes has secured a nine-acre site allocated for residential development in Rushden, Northamptonshire.
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Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate secures new tenant

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 54 min ago
Savills has agreed a new 100-year lease at Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate in Warwickshire on behalf of a private client to Trinity Hotel.
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Cambridge’s smallest pub gets a new landlord

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 56 min ago
Cheffins has recently let St Radegund pub to Coldchain Bars on behalf of Cambridge United Charities.
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Heathrow Logistics Park fully let through double deal

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 58 min ago
Global investment manager BlackRock and property developer Graftongate have secured two lettings deals to take its Heathrow Logistics Park scheme to full occupancy.
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2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium AWD Arrival: One Year With Mazda’s Newest SUV

Motortrend News Feed - 8 hours 28 min ago

Like the relationship of Jim and Pam on The Office, an automaker evolving from a mainstream to a luxury brand is compelling to watch. There’s a will-they-won’t-they tension as the product and marketing teams fight customer perception as they attempt to get from A to B. Some brands have been successful. Hyundai, which went from selling Excels to Equuses (eventually spinning that off as the Genesis luxury brand)—springs to mind. Others, such as Chrysler’s mid-’00s pivot, fell flat. The latest automaker to attempt the transition is Mazda, and we’ll be spending the next 12 months with the 2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium AWD to see how this brand in transition is faring.

Why the CX-30 instead of something like a Mazda 6 or CX-5 Signature, you ask? Simple: It’s Mazda’s latest vehicle, and it competes in a heavily contested subcompact SUV segment. This is a segment that’s seen down-market entries from the luxury heavy-hitters—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—as well as upscale attempts from mainstream automakers like Buick and Kia. To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, if Mazda can make it here, it can make it anywhere.

Our new Polymetal Gray Metallic (god, I hate modern car paint names) CX-30 seems well suited for the challenge. For starters, our top-spec Premium model looks the part of a pint-sized luxury ute with crisp, elegant lines and understated brightwork. Inside, the CX-30 has an unmistakably upscale cabin with a lovely mix of colors, textures, and materials, with the soft and supple white and brown leather found on the seats and dash being our favorite feature.

As expected in a modern luxury SUV, our CX-30 Premium comes with the obligatory set of technology. On the entertainment front it has a crisp 8.8-inch infotainment display (don’t touch, though; it’s controlled via a scroll wheel on the center console), Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. On the safety front, the CX-30 has a color head-up display, radar cruise control with stop and go, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.

If there’s a potential weak spot in the CX-30’s armor, for now it’s its engine. Whereas most competitors have torquey turbocharged engines, the CX-30 makes do for now with a 2.5-liter I-4 making 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, paired with a standard six-speed automatic—and on our car, optional all-wheel drive. (Mazda has already committed to adding a 250-hp turbocharged engine to the CX-30 for the 2021 model year.) The EPA rates our new CX-30 at 25/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined.

Pricing for the base front-drive CX-30 2.5 S starts at $23,000, with AWD adding $1,440 and the premium package tacking on another $6,260. Our loaded Premium AWD tester stickered for $31,625, with a cargo cover, cargo tray, floormats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and wireless phone charging pad making up the $925 difference.

Will the CX-30 succeed in convincing us that the famed Japanese brand is on its way to becoming a premium automaker? This little Mazda has a year to convince us.


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Future of three London LGBTQ+ venues uncertain

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 43 min ago
The future of three venues central to London’s LGBTQ+ nightlife remains uncertain as their owner has said the pubs will remain closed while restrictions are in place.
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Frontier Development Capital raises £75m for new debt fund

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 56 min ago
Alternative fund manager Frontier Development Capital (FDC) has closed its latest fund with £75m in commitments.
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Fresh Property Group appoints new CEO

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Fresh Property Group has hired Jeremy Fletcher to take over as its new chief executive as Rebecca Hopewell leaves for retirement.
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John Lewis Oxford Street office conversion granted planning permission

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 30 min ago
The John Lewis Partnership has been given permission from Westminster City Council to convert almost half of its flagship Oxford Street department store into office space.
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M&G buys Fleet Place House for £111.7m

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 32 min ago
M&G Real Estate has bought Fleet Place House in the City for £111.7m on behalf of an Asian investor.
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Trimont forms investor relations and reporting team

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 42 min ago
Trimont real estate advisors has created a global investor relations and reporting team, in a commitment to data reporting and technology.
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