2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Test: A Great, If Pricey, Convertible in Search of the Right Engine

-Ford’s push for its EcoBoost agenda—the one where turbocharged, small-displacement engines can supposedly replace larger, naturally aspirated engines with improved fuel economy and no impact on power—turned to a shove when it added a turbo four-cylinder to the new Mustang’s engine lineup. A turbo four in America’s pony car, dadgummit?! The experiment worked out okay in the Mustang coupe, at least according to our instrumented testing, but the 133-pounds-heavier Mustang

Journey to the Valley of Fire: FCA Recalling 2011-2015 Dodge Journeys

– FCA has announced a recall of four-cylinder-powered Dodge Journeys and (Euro-twin) Fiat Freemonts due to a potential engine-fire risk due to loosely attached engine covers. – Discovered in Chile—where apparently, drivers actually do take their utelets off-road—excessive shaking can knock the engine cover loose and onto the exhaust. None of the three reported Chilean engine-compartment conflagrations resulted in death, though FCA reports one injury “described as minor.” – A



St. Regis opens in Moscow despite Russian instability

St. Regis Moscow’s lobby Starwood’s St. Regis property is opening in Moscow despite uncertainties in the Russian economy and a downturn in travel to the city. Airlines such as Delta, Etihad and Cathay Pacific are slashing or canceling services to Moscow as a result of the lack of travel plans to the city from consumers. When construction on a property begins prior to socio-economical issues in a region, what can

2014 was the year of the trophy property: report

Richard Meier Penthouse at 165 Charles, New York, NY More properties above $100 million were listed in 2014 than ever before, according to a new study released by Christie’s International Real Estate. As the number of wealthy individuals rises, inventory in coveted markets is dwindling and extravagance is spreading to new areas. A thriving real estate market tends to have a cascading effect across the luxury sector, with consumers turning

Ritz-Carlton eases event planning with mobile app

Ritz-Carlton’s ((Chime)) mobile app The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is enhancing its event services with a mobile application designed to assist meeting and event planners with the details involved with scheduling a function at a property. The app, ((Chime)), gives meeting planners a way to communicate with the Ritz-Carlton while organizing the fine details such as food and beverage choices, audio visual requests, in-room temperature and more. The ease of throwing an event

Bentley cruises on two wheels for charity

Bentley Boys for Care2Share bike race British automaker Bentley Motors threw its racing credentials behind the charitable shopping platform Care2Save by participating in a 170-mile bike ride May 1. Bentley Boys Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane shifted from four wheels to two to raise awareness for the charity. The 12-hour race generated donations throughout and helps align the brand’s motor sports division with a broader cause. “Bentley has supported

Top 5 brand moments from last week

Exterior of Selfridges’ Oxford Street store; photo credit Andrew Meredith Familiar concepts were challenged by brands across categories. Department store Selfridges examined the struggles that attend finding a work-life balance, while automaker Audi pinched some inspiration from the sharing economy. Elsewhere, the Whitney Museum of American Art sought to open the insular art world up to a broader audience. Here are the top five brand moments from last week, in