Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe comes to China ready to fight BMW’s X4

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Mercedes-Benz is previewing its four-door-coupe version of its upcoming GLC-Class crossover with a new concept for the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.

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Nixon Ultratide Smart Surf Watch

Nixon teams up with leading surf forecasting source Surfline to deliver a revolution in surf watch technology with the Ultratide Smart Surf Watch. The exclusive partnership relies on the power of Surfline’s renowned global surf conditions network to deliver real-time data – tide, time, wave height, wind direction and speed, swell direction, and water and air temperatures – via wireless Bluetooth® technology directly to the Ultratide. “For decades tide watches could only use predicted information, now we have the ability to see 10X more detail than any other watch,” said Nixon co-founder Chad DiNenna. “Surfers globally have been referencing Surfline’s data for 30 years via phone, fax, computer and mobile devices, we at Nixon are proud to be the partner to bring it to your wrist.”

The Ultratide will be available in 6 limited-edition colors by May 15 and can be purchased via, and select retailers.

Watch the Ultratide in action as demonstrated by professional surfer Rob Machado in the video below.


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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Christian Benteke, Danny Ings Rumours

Manchester United are reportedly looking to Aston Villa’s rumbustious forward Christian Benteke in an attempt to bolster their forward options.

According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was impressed with the burly Belgian during the recent meeting between the sides. As Hetherington‘s piece notes, with the futures of both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in doubt, there could be a need for forward replenishment at Old Trafford.

As we can see here courtesy of OptaJoe, after a tough start to the season at Villa Park, Benteke has been a forward revitalised under Tim Sherwood’s tutelage:

It’s because this Villa side is suddenly playing directly to his strengths. Benteke is an indomitable presence at the point of the attack, boasting brute strength, a monstrous leap and superb aerial ability. But his hold-up up play is refined and intelligent, something that sets him apart from a lot of other target men.

Here’s a look at how he’s fared in direct comparison to United’s strikers this season:

Van Gaal will definitely have to look at this facet of his squad in the summer, and Benteke would be a fine acquisition. He may not be the most glamorous of options, but the signing of Falcao has served to prove just how difficult it can be for players to settle in the Premier League; the Belgian international is now a thoroughbred goalscorer at this level.

As his recent form has proven, Benteke is a player that a team can potentially build their offensive forays around, as we can see here courtesy of Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe:

If United were to land Benteke, he’d have to be one of a couple of additions at the sharp end of the pitch. For all the Villa man’s skills, he doesn’t boast blistering pace or an incision with the ball at his feet, and these are qualities that United are in desperate need of up front.

But the Villa man would certainly add something different to the Red Devils’ offensive forays. Van Gaal is a manager who values the importance of mixing things up in attack, and a player like Benteke would further enhance the unpredictability that has made United such a force to be reckoned with as of late.

Danny Ings Reveals New Club Criteria

Burnley forward Danny Ings has revealed what he is looking for from his new club, insisting regular time on the pitch is vital.

As Sam Wallace of the Independent notes, the 22-year-old—who has been linked with a move to the likes of United, Liverpool and Real Sociedad—has spoken about his future, stating he doesn’t want to “disappear” when he leaves Turf Moor:

One thing I don’t want to do is go somewhere and, not rot, but all of a sudden disappear for a while.

I always back myself and no matter what step I take next I want to do well. One thing I do want next year no matter where I am, and I don’t know where that is going to be, is to work with a manager who is going to coach me and really develop me as a player.

That’s all you can ask for, to learn and be the best you can be. It is important that you do get football.

It’s easy to see why clubs of the stature of United and Liverpool have been linked with the Englishman. He’s been superb at the point of the Burnley attack this season, providing what is an often isolated spark in a team that relies on cohesion and graft. With classier players around him, Ings is the type of talent who would flourish.

Indeed, given the uncertainty surrounding the futures of key figures at Old Trafford, Nooruddean Choudry of the Daily Mirror thinks Ings would be a savvy signing:

But at this juncture, as impressive as the Burnley man has been, he’s not a player who’s going to be a regular starter for United, and as such he may decide to take his chances elsewhere. After all, the aforementioned quotes point to a player who is realistic about his options and very serious about developing as a young footballer.

He’d learn a lot from a move to Old Trafford, of that there is little doubt. But there are other critical factors to consider when making a move this substantial, and if United are hoping to enrich their forward options with some superstar purchases, Ings could be put off joining the Red Devils.

Foreign automakers double down on China bets despite slowing growth

File photo of employees working at the third factory of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company in WuhanForeign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth. Market leaders Volkswagen AG and General Motors show no sign of letting up on their planned investments, while Toyota Motor and Ford Motor are also pursuing new China expansion plans. Foreign automakers, many of which are expected to unveil new products for China at this week's Shanghai autoshow, including Ford's redesigned Taurus sedan , aren't fretting over the first quarter slowdown.

10sei0otto Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook

Surfacing from the shadows where they were materialized, Italian label 10sei0otto (DieciSeiZeroOtto) presents the brooding pieces from their Fall/Winter 2015 collection in their latest lookbook. Embracing a style both linear and minimalist, the collection manages to strike the attention of fashion’s more avant-garde suitors, while simultaneously alluring the common man’s taste for more versatile, easy-to-wear apparel. Adhering to their credo of utilizing leathers and fabrics crafted exclusively in their native Italy, 10sei0otto’s designer Tiziano Rillo drew inspiration from a myriad of unique sources – techno music, military, Fellini films – made apparent via its selection of oiled canvas and soy cotton parkas, resin-covered knitwear and stretch leather jackets.

Photographer: Michal Andrysiak
Stylist: Natacha Vorranger
Model: Norman Theuerkorn

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