Mesut Ozil reportedly rejected offers in the region of £1m per week in favour of staying at ArsenalThe German playmaker signed a new lucrative three-year contract with Arsenal in January.Ozil now earns £350,000 per week and is the highest-paid player in the club’s history.However, the Evening Standard claims that Ozil had received offers of over £50m per year from foreign clubs.Now Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has spoken on his client and stated that money wasn’t the biggest factor for Ozil in choosing to remain with Arsenal.The 30-year-old had been dangerously close to leaving in the summer as a free agent before he put pen to paper on a new deal.“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers,” Sogut told the Evening Standard.“But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.He added: “Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation.“The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.“Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers (sales) were the largest at the club.“At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.“So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.“We were free to sign with other clubs and, in the end, Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”Ozil has managed four goals and one assist in 12 appearances for Arsenal this season.
26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: Classic looks, gobs of power More From Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Share your voice 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 46 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Enlarge ImageRenault, which introduced the new Clio at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is apparently hungry for mergers. Renault Not content with only an alliance, French automaker Renault wants to pursue a full merger with Nissan, the Financial Times reports. After that’s completed, Renault then reportedly wants to go on and seek a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The FT says that Renault wants to begin merger talks with Nissan within 12 months’ time, and after that the company would start looking to merge with another automaker. FCA is on the list of “the preferred targets” for that merger.The FT also reported this week that FCA chairman John Elkann has recently discussed merger possibilities with Peugeot, as well as “with Korean and Chinese automakers.” Despite that, no deals are apparently imminent. Still, with Renault’s pursuit of FCA some way off, it’s not impossible that FCA will find a suitor before Renault has finished its merger tie-ups with Nissan.Renault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Nissan spokesman in the US declined to comment.Late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was known to be interested in pursuing mergers in his final years at the company’s helm. His replacement, current FCA CEO Mike Manley, also has publicly stated his interest in tie-ups with other automakers. He told Automotive News earlier this month that, “I want to find areas where cooperation — whether it is partnerships, whether it’s joint ventures or whether it is deeper levels of equity cooperation that makes sense for us.”There’s some interesting historical context for a Renault and FCA deal. In the 1980s, Renault briefly took a stake in American Motors Corporation, which also then manufactured Jeep, before AMC was sold to Chrysler. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Renault Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 69 Photos More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags Comments Comments 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 52 Photos 12 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 18 Photos
Suriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has completed its first week in Tamil Nadu on a decent note. The Kollywood film was released in over 450 screens last weekend (31 May) and had opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience.By the end of its first week, NGK is estimated to have grossed around Rs 32-34 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office. In the weekdays, the movie had highest footfalls in theatres on Wednesday (6 June) due to Eid holiday.At the worldwide box office, NGK is estimated to have grossed over Rs 50 crore. With lots of expectations, the movie has entered its second week. However, Vijay Antony and Arjun Sarja’s Kolaigaran has got highly positive reviews which might have some impact on the collection of the Suriya-starrer.In order to be a profitable venture, NGK has to perform well at the box office for the next one week and the second weekend is crucial for its success.Meanwhile, Suriya has accepted the mixed verdict given to his latest film by the audience. On Twitter, he wrote, I humbly accept all the love,views and opinions about NGK with utmost humility and thank the masterminds 😉 who decoded and appreciated the different attempt, and the actors performances!! Thanks to the entire cast & crew for making this happen #NGK @selvaraghavan @prabhu_sr”. [sic]”NGK is a political thriller, written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead in the movie.