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U&I backs out of north London regeneration project

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U&I has pulled out of a JV with Barnet Council for a regeneration project in North London.
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Hibernia REIT collects 87% of quarterly rent

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Irish property investment group Hibernia REIT has collected 87% of its quarterly rent as of 8 Jul
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Primary Healthcare Properties announces £120m share placing

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Primary Healthcare Properties has announced a share placing to raise £120m.
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NewRiver collects 71% of July quarter rent

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NewRiver has collected 71% of July quarterly rent.
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Town Centre Securities collects 83% rent since March

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Town Centre Securities has collected 83% of rent due since March 2020.
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Persimmon reports 15% rise in forward sales year on year

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Persimmon has reported a 15% rise in forward sales compared to the same time last year.
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RICS calls for government to maintain support amid residential market improvement

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RICS has urged the government to maintain measures to sustain economic recovery as early signs of improvement in the residential market may “quickly run out of steam”.
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The pub sector faces a ‘mass exodus’ experts warn

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Landlords are bracing for a “mass exodus” of tenants from the pub industry after only around half the country’s pubs and bars reopened on “super Saturday”.
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Pub sector faces a ‘mass exodus’ experts warn

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Landlords are bracing for a “mass exodus” of tenants from the pub industry after only around half the country’s pubs and bars reopened on “super Saturday”.
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Clipper Logistics takes short-term leases on space to store PPE for the NHS

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The logistics firm has taken 558,000 sq ft for protective equipment amid Covid-19.
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U+I chief blames shaky 2019 for pre-tax losses

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The chief executive of U+I has blamed a subdued set of results on the political turbulence of 2019 rather than the Covid-19 outbreak.
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B&Q to sell 100,000 sq ft store as redevelopment opportunity

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B&Q is marketing one of its stores in the South East as a potential redevelopment opportunity.
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M&G Real Estate makes zero-carbon commitment

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M&G Real Estate has committed to all its buildings being net-zero carbon by 2050.
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Meet the “Boss,” the Original Ford Bronco Raptor from 1969

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Googling things sometimes turns up more than just search results. Take Wes Eisenschenk’s discovery of a long lost, incredibly rare 1969 Ford Bronco prototype, which came up after he plugged the rig’s serial number into Google in 2016. As he puts it: “There it was, the missing 1969 Ford Boss Bronco prototype, in an expired eBay listing.” The internet had dredged up what amounts to a 40 years too early Ford Bronco Raptor ideated at the peak of the muscle-car era.

What Is a Boss Bronco?

A Boss Bronco? Yes, Ford built a prototype high-performance Boss Bronco 4×4 in 1969 at its legendary clandestine enterprise Kar-Kraft. The burly SUV featured a blueprinted 1969 Mustang Shelby GT 350 engine, a Hi-Po C4 automatic transmission, and 4.11 limited-slip gears front and rear, among other truly muscular details. Somehow, the one-of-one Boss Bronco survived under the radar for more than 40 years in fantastic original condition.

Wes, who uncovered the Boss Bronco, is an editor at CarTech, the publisher behind the book, Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Special Vehicles Activity Program,” by Charlie Henry. Research for this book dredged up the VIN for the Boss Bronco prototype, which was built to prove the concept of a production high-performance Bronco for then-Ford president Bunkie Knudsen, who with his cohort from General Motors, Larry Shinoda, was largely responsible for Ford’s original Boss Mustang program of 1969–1971.

In production trim, the Bronco’s largest engine in 1969 was a 302. Kar-Kraft installed a warmed-over 351 Windsor. It wasn’t a full Boss V-8, but a performance motor from the 1969 Shelby GT 350.

The original team at Kar-Kraft started with a specially equipped 1969 Bronco Sport, sent to them directly from the Ford assembly line. It was equipped with a 302 V-8, 4.11 gears, a limited-slip diff, and—likely as no coincidence—it was finished in a rare-for-the-year coat of Empire paint—a shade of yellow that was known to be Knudsen’s favorite color. After all, nothing is sacred when looking to have a prototype approved by the Boss’s boss!

To make sure this project—originally referred to as simply the “Special Bronco” in internal documents—was everything a high-performance Bronco should be, Kar-Kraft called in Bill Stroppe to oversee the build. Stroppe, who was running Ford’s off-road racing team, certainly had more than enough experience to know what it would take to build a righteous Bronco. After all, he’d fielded a team of the things to Baja off-road victories for Ford.

The Boss Bronco parked outside Ford Styling in 1969. The Bronco had been repainted years ago, and current owner Colin Comer used this photo when re-applying the hockey-stick stripe and Boss Bronco decals to calculate their correct dimensions.

Among the modifications chosen by the Kar-Kraft team and Stroppe for the Special Bronco (which was soon re-named the Boss Bronco, ostensibly to tie it in with Ford’s existing line of Boss cars), was additional horsepower. Out went the 302 V-8 and in came a 1969 GT 350 210-S-code 351 four-barrel Windsor motor, although the one provided for the Boss Bronco by Ford was also balanced and blueprinted, much as the allegedly “bone stock” engines used for magazine road test cars were said to be back in the day. The V-8 exhaled through a true dual exhaust with glasspack mufflers. Backing up this warmed-over 351 Windsor was a custom Kar-Kraft-fabricated adapter that allowed a Hi-Po C4 automatic transmission to be fitted; it would be the first automatic transmission Ford put in a Bronco.

Stroppe dual shocks were installed at all four corners to help keep the big 15-inch chrome wheels and 10-15LT Gates Commando tires on the ground when the going got rough. Inside, a Stroppe padded steering wheel, Stroppe roll bar, and a Mustang shifter for the C4 were installed, along with custom upholstered panels and aluminum trim to finish the inside of the rear quarter-panels and tailgate for a more upscale look. The rear wheel wells were cut—sorry, first-gen Bronco fans!—and Stroppe fender flares installed for the needed tire clearance, a Cougar Eliminator hood scoop bolted on, and finally, the Boss Mustang-style black hockey-stick stripes with “BOSS BRONCO” lettering were applied.

The finished package was quite impressive. It clearly not only looked the part but performed it, too. Again, the format was not dissimilar to the Ford F-150 Raptor of today—as well as the expected Raptor-fied Bronco model, which will join the revived Bronco lineup sometime soon.

. . . And Why Aren’t There More of Them?

Lee Iacocca famously fired Knudsen before a production Boss Bronco could get off the ground and live up to its promise. Afterward, inventory sheets show Kar-Kraft was supposed to crush the one and only Boss Bronco prototype. Somehow, it escaped. Exactly how is still unknown, but experts suspect it was simply sold to an employee when Kar-Kraft was liquidated in late 1970.

No matter how the Bronco made it into the wild, Wes was the extremely lucky soul who found the Boss Bronco decades later. The muscle truck had sold outside of eBay (remember, the listing had expired by the time Wes happened upon it), so Wes searched and found the ultimate buyer, a man in Washington State, who agreed to sell the Bronco for a nice profit. Wes then posted a picture of the rare prototype on an internet forum looking for further info on it. That’s when Colin Comer saw it.

Colin owns Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also a diehard Ford and Shelby authority and collector and has authored numerous books on the subject. He and Wes had worked together at another publishing company, which is how they became friends.

“As soon as I saw Wes’ post on the Boss Bronco, I immediately emailed him and said I had to have it,” Colin said. “Being a huge Ford muscle guy, as well as a long-time early Bronco owner, how could I not? I had no idea the Boss Bronco had survived. To me, it is one of the ultimate early Broncos. Plus the Kar-Kraft and Stroppe connection is just so cool. I didn’t get much sleep until I convinced my buddy Wes to sell it to me! Once we arrived at a deal, I had to sell my Holman-Moody-built 1969 Bronco to help fund the Boss, but I have no regrets.”

Colin was clearly ecstatic to find himself the owner of a significant Ford prototype built at Kar-Kraft.

“The truck was painted once but otherwise untouched. There is zero rust anywhere, which is very rare for an early Bronco. It still has all of its original finishes underneath. It has the original Kar-Kraft-installed Mustang shifter for the C4 automatic and the fabricated transmission adaptor they made, and still had the original engine with its original 210-S tag. Everything down to the original carburetor and original prototype dual exhaust is still on the truck. It shows 60,000 miles and 47 years of use, but it is—amazingly—all there. And that’s what matters.”

Colin compared original Ford photos of the truck from Kar-Kraft to find the SUV’s original hockey-stick stripe dimensions had been changed slightly during its repaint, and the Boss Bronco decals were long gone. Most likely, Kar-Kraft pulled those off before selling the truck to disguise its prototype status.

Colin calculated the original stripe dimensions using the 1969 factory photos and by finding remnants of the originals in the door jambs, then re-sprayed the stripes correctly. He then had a new set of Boss Bronco decals made to return the truck to its original prototype appearance. The Boss Bronco, now out of hiding, sees frequent use by Colin, who has already added a few thousand miles to its odometer. He believes it’s a shame the Boss Bronco never made it to production, as it “would have been a big hit” in 1969, “much like the Ford Raptor is today.”

1969 Ford Boss Bronco Specifications
  • Owned by: Colin Comer
  • Engine: 290-hp 351-ci 210-S Windsor V-8
  • Transmission: C4 3-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 30 front, Ford 9-inch rear with 4.11 gears and limited-slip
  • Interior: White vinyl bucket seat
  • Wheels: 15×10 custom
  • Tires: 32×11.50R15LT BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
  • Special parts: Shelby GT 350 210-S engine; C4 transmission with Mustang shifter; special paint, stripes, and decals; Stroppe roll bar, dual shocks, and fender flares; Cougar Eliminator hood scoop; custom wheels

This story originally appeared in Hot Rod in March 2018.

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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Looks Freaking Good in New Teaser

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 23:00

Hyundai is set to replace the previous Elantra Sport with the new Elantra N Line, and now we finally have an idea of what the sporty sedan will look like. Although we’ll have to wait until Hyundai releases the final product, these teaser images hint at a much more aggressive-looking Elantra model.

At its front, the Hyundai Elantra N Line boasts a modified grille design with subtle badging. The biggest change, though, is the bold new air intakes. The side profile, meanwhile, is accented by special window accents, door mirrors, and side skirts painted gloss black. In the rear, you’ll find a set of twin exhaust pipes—a feature that’s unique to the model. Finishing off the look are 18-inch alloy wheels covering a set of beefier brakes.

We still don’t know how much power the Elantra N Line will make, or even which engine will sit under its hood. But it very well may use the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder from the old Elantra Sport. Expect output to rise slightly relative to the Sport’s 201 horses.

Unfortunately, the N Line probably won’t pack a manual transmission. Instead, the sedan will likely route power to the front wheels by way of the prior Sport’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or the 2021 Veloster N’s new eight-speed unit.

Hyundai has yet to announce the N Line’s cost of entry, but the South Korean brand should keep the price reasonably low. (Hyundai claims the Elantra N Line will “provide an attractive entry point for the N brand.”) In the United States, the brand already offers an engaging N Line version of the Elantra GT hatchback. For true high-performance upgrades, buyers will want to upgrade to one of Hyundai’s all-out N models. Alas, at the moment the U.S. only gets the Veloster N, however, we Yanks may receive a Kona N sometime down the line.

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Color Us Intrigued: 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Gains New Paint Colors, Racing Stripe Options

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 21:44

One year after its introduction, the eighth-generation and first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is even more enticing. Eschewing the typical second-year Corvette price hike, the 2021 C8 Corvette maintains its original starting price, yet receives a host of new features, option availability, and—most visually arresting of all, new paint color options and sweet stripe packages.

Meet the 2021 Corvette’s New Paint Colors

This year, Red Mist Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic join the color palette that already included shades of white, black, red, silver, gray, blue, bronze, yellow, and orange. Chevrolet is offering new colors for its dual racing stripes that extend the length of the vehicle. These will now be available in blue, orange, red, and yellow. New Stinger Stripes will be available in three colors: Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow, and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver. Chevrolet is also adding a bold new interior color theme mixing Sky Cool Gray with Yellow Strike. Unfortunately, Chevy does not yet have photos of these stripes and color schemes, but you can see peeks of them in the Twitter post below:

It’s time to earn some new racing stripes. Check back soon for #Corvette news. pic.twitter.com/OqmOpsksii

— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) July 6, 2020

Plus, a Few New Goodies

In addition to the colors, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette receives a few new standard technologies, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buckle to Drive is also now standard, preventing the driver from shifting out of Park if the seat belt is not buckled for up to 20 seconds. Driver mode on-screen visualization and a new track digital tachometer join the features list, and magnetic selective ride control suspension is now available independently from the Z51 performance package.

Once again, the Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 making 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs to an eight-speed dual-clutch sending power to the rear wheels. Its exotic-supercar-rivaling performance is just one reason the Vette won our 2020 Car of the Year award. Not made just for performance, the Corvette is also an everyday sports car, providing reasonable cargo space, decent fuel economy, and a comfortable ride. So, don’t let those hot paint colors or racing stripes fool you—the Corvette can be your only car, provided you only ever need to carry one passenger . . .

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2021 Mazda 3 Revives the 2.0-Liter Base Engine Option

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:14

The 250-hp 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo may pull at our enthusiast heartstrings—or simply woo 3 buyers looking for more oomph—but the compact model’s newly available, entry-level 155-hp four-cylinder engine is likely to tug at some wallets. Cost-conscious small-car consumers, rejoice. The Mazda 3 once again welcomes a 2.0-liter engine under its hood after doing away with the powertrain following the 2018 model year. 

Limited to the sedan body style, the resurrected (and aptly named) 2.0 trim trades the 186-hp 2.5-liter four-pot of the 2.5S model for less grunt and a surely lower starting price. What the cost of entry for the model comes out to remains under wraps, though we expect the forthcoming 2.0 sedan to undercut today’s entry-level 3, which rings in at $22,445, by a few hundred dollars, thus bringing the 3’s base price more in line with competitors such as the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, and Hyundai Elantra.

Despite its bottom-of-the-totem pole position, the 3 2.0 still comes well equipped and packs niceties such as LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic front braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Notably missing, however, is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. To add those features, buyers will have to jump up to the more powerful 2.5S trim, which also opens the door to other comfort and convenience items such as all-wheel-drive, a blind-spot monitoring system, a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, and faux leather seats. 

Want to row your own gears? Then you’ll have to spend the coin to add the high-end Premium package to a front-wheel-drive hatchback. Along with its available six-speed stick, the Premium package nets an in-dash navigation system, 12-speaker Bose audio system, head-up display, leather seating surfaces, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on automatic transmission-equipped models.

Regardless of what’s under its hood, the 2021 Mazda 3 hits dealers this fall. It’s up to you to decide if your heart pulls you to the 2.5 Turbo or your finances dictate you step into the 2.0 sedan.

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CBRE starts redundancy consultation with UK advisory business

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:40
CBRE has started a collective redundancy consultation process with employees in its UK advisory business
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Eyeless, 800-HP-Plus Lamborghini SCV12 Hypercar Outed in Patent Filing

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:01

Teased recently wearing full-body camouflage, the upcoming Lamborghini SCV12 hypercar has been fully revealed—in line-drawing form, at least. A patent filing in Europe that was posted to TaycanEVforum.com depicts in broad strokes the hardcore, track-only SCV12’s design, and a few things stand out. Namely, as we noted after Lamborghini posted its own preview images, the SCV12 is nearly faceless and lacks formal headlights.

Looking for all the world like a would-be social distancer wearing their mask improperly over the top of their head (or the Rorschach character from Watchmen), the SCV12 presents an unnatural visage. Overall, the car is little more than a chamfered wedge with a huge wing and vents and slats all over. Forward illumination appears to come from a pair of un-styled trapezoidal running lamps in the lower bumper; as befits a track-only model, those lights are sandwiched by brake-cooling ducts and wild aerodynamic canards at each front corner.

The rear is even wilder. A pair of slim hexagonal taillights and round exhaust outlets that resemble cannons poke out of the largely open-seeming tail. What appear to be mini triplanes flank a deep diffuser element, and there are weird fins everywhere—including longitudinal dorsal fins running along the top of each rear fender peak. A freakishly louvered rear deck resembles an exposed spine mid-surgery, and it pinches toward that balcony-sized cantilevered spoiler. The patent drawings show most of the SCV12’s spoilers (front and rear) with little adjustment tie-rods, so expect the real deal to offer manually adjustable aero.

When the SCV12 arrives later this summer, it’ll be the most powerful twelve-cylinder Lamborghini model ever. Details are forthcoming, but it’ll have at least 800 horsepower, and based on the fixed side windows (with racecar-style manually opened inset venting apertures) suggest it’ll be stripped down and very lightweight. Between that and the atmosphere-abusing aero, look out. While you wait for the SCV12 to make the leap out of patent drawings and its cute camouflage and into the metal—er, carbon fiber—just sit back and listen to the thing’s V-12 shriek.

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Zenprop buys out Johnny Sandelson’s interests in Auriens

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:01
Zenprop group, the investor behind senior living developer Auriens, has bought out co-founder Johnny Sandelson’s interests in the business.
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