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ATTENTION HONDA CR-Z FANS: Photos Leaked of Facelifted 2016 Model

– Great news for all those Honda CR-Z intenders out there: The hybrid hatch is getting refreshed for 2016 with a host of cosmetic upgrades. – As befits a car that captured 0.2 percent of Honda’s total U.S. sales through July, the CR-Z is responding to demand by not overexerting itself. The photo here, leaked alongside an interior shot by the Chinese website CarNewsChina.com, shows some minor tweaks that Honda itself has not confirmed through official

Automakers Form Alliance to Fight Car Hacking

– It seems like this has been the summer of car hacking, doesn’t it? Between the remote lock hack, the OnStar hack, the encrypted key fob hack, and that major Wired article revealing a remote wireless hack that prompted FCA to recall 1.4 million vehicles, it’s enough to make you want to go back to a horse and buggy. It’s so bad, the world’s largest automakers have decided to do something about

Formula Márquez: Honda’s 2&4 Frankfurt Concept is a MotoGP-Powered Open-Wheeled Street Car

– When Honda unveiled the production version of its RC213V-S earlier this year, some in the motorcycle press were let down. Instead of pushing the boundaries of sportbike possibility, Honda essentially put lights on Marc Márquez’s MotoGP bike and slapped on a $184,000 price tag. Bear in mind, this is something akin to Benz putting lights and an airbag on Nico Rosberg’s F1 car and selling it to any schmoe

David Beattie Makes the World’s Most Extravagant and Realistic Slot-Car Tracks [Sponsored]

-2008 was a pivotal year for David Beattie. Staring down middle age and burned out on the corporate scene, Beattie took a leap of faith and turned his hobby of making custom slot-car tracks in to a full-time vocation, setting up shop under the Slot Mods moniker. Considered a risky venture even by those with cursory knowledge of the esoteric world of scale modeling, Beattie’s gamble soon paid off, and

REAL ESTATE

SPDRs Get More Specific: a Look at the New ETFs XLFS and XLRE

As of this month, the Financial Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (ticker: XLFS) and the Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE) are open to investors. For 17 years, the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) was the sole financial sector offering in the SPDR camp, providing a blend of companies such as banks and insurance companies.

McDonald's close to decision on structure of U.S. real estate: WSJ

McDonald’s has not made a decision yet, but “we have had a lot of review and a lot of debate,” the company’s board member Miles White told the WSJ in an interview. A McDonald’s spokeswoman person said the company’s senior leaders will discuss more on the business strategy at its investors meeting in November. McDonald’s sales have slumped in recent times and that made some investors and analysts recommend the

New York real estate pioneer Julien Studley dies at 88

Julien Studley, a pioneer in representing tenant interests in commercial real estate and the publisher of a ground-breaking report about New York property, has died, his former company said. Studley arrived in New York at 16 following a time in Cuba after his family fled his native Belgium ahead of advancing Nazi troops. The firm represented only the companies seeking to lease office space and not the landlord, an unusual

Blackstone posts third-quarter loss as asset values drop

Blackstone Group LP , the world’s largest alternative asset manager, reported its first quarterly economic net loss in four years on Thursday, as the stock market plunge weighed on the value of its portfolio, even as it generated more cash. Blackstone’s private equity, real estate, corporate credit and hedge fund assets all declined in value. Blackstone said economic net income (ENI), which takes into account the mark-to-market valuation of its

The Real Estate M&A Boom

Surprising though it may seem, real estate is poised to be one of the hottest sectors for mergers and acquisitions growth in the coming year. Due diligence activity in real estate during the first half …

LUXURY

Mercedes partners with Bose for behind-the-scenes audio experience

AMG-GT Mercedes-Benz Germany’s Mercedes-Benz is sharing an audio experience with consumers via a new short video featuring the chief mechanic of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. Mercedes worked with audio brand Bose to create “The Sound of the Perfect Pit Stop,” in which the chief mechanic takes the viewer through his favorite sounds of a race, giving a detailed description of the behind-the-scenes action at the Mercedes garage. Despite the fact

Scannable print ads make resurgence as mobile users eschew QR codes

Scannable ads are taking off with mobile users By Alex Samuely With major brands including Target tapping scannable print ads to target on-the-go mobile users, marketers can expect a continued decline of QR codes as consumers demand streamlined, no-download-necessary engagement methods. Print advertisements that are scannable with smartphones are set to make a significant resurgence this fall, with companies such as Shazam and Digimarc teaming up with large brands to

Ritz-Carlton, Naples shares a slice of pie on social media

Key lime pie by Ritz-Carlton, Naples The Ritz-Carlton Resort of Naples, FL, is showing that a state favorite is easy as pie. Florida is known for its key lime pie, and the hotel has shared a recipe for the popular summer treat. Hospitality brands often look for ways to extend a stay through at-home touchpoints that stem from experiences had at a specific property. Sweet as pie The Naples property

Thomas Pink docks with Princess Yachts for celebratory collection

Princess Yachts’ anniversary drawing British fashion label Thomas Pink is getting onboard with Princess Yachts through a partnership paying homage to the yachting lifestyle. The British yacht manufacturer is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and recently wrapped on a social contest to name its Project [email protected] vessel, a recreation of the brand’s original model. Now, the brand is extending its celebrations to clothing that can be worn on its yachts

Stella McCartney strengthens sustainability efforts in response to PETA

Stella McCartney sustainable fabrics Kering-owned British fashion label Stella McCartney is the most recent brand to come under fire for the unethical treatment of animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) brought to the brand’s attention that one of its 26 sustainable wool producers from Ovis 21 in Patagonia, Argentina was mistreating the sheep on its farm. Stella McCartney, the daughter of music icon Paul McCartney, has built her