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Überelektrisch! Porsche Presents… Mission E

Posted: September 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Frankfurt Motor Show | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Überelektrisch! Porsche Presents… Mission E

 

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The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show hasn’t even kicked off yet, but already there’s a contender for best in show. Porsche’s reveal of its stunning Mission E Concept is a show stopping, drop dead gorgeous, über-fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche reckons will clock the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes, and while it might scream around the 20 odd kilometres of the Nordschleife, what this vehicle shows us very quietly is the future shape of automotive form and function.

Mission E concept is by far the cleanest design to hit the podium to date, very Porsche, but also very predictive of shapes to come. Loaded with plus numbers, 800 volt, 440kW-600hp, 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 250kmh and a range of 500km …and perhaps a cheeky nudging at the only other cool spark on the block ‘Lookout Tesla’  :: Read the full article »»»»


VW Tops China Car Sales

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Volkswagen | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on VW Tops China Car Sales

GRILLED.VOLKSWAGENVW are now the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world’s biggest automotive market, quite a contrast to their US operations where they skirt around the middle of the pack.

Volkswagen were once much-loved in the US for their quality, but have since seriously fallen out of favor.

Over in the Middle Kingdom VW’s pull on the Chinese public is immense, the German auto-makers offer stretches from the cheapest $US12,000 hatch to the $US175,000 Phaeton übersedan.

And it seems that anything with a VW badge riveted to the front and back panels seems to simply drive out the showroom doors.

Volkswagen sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, it’s closest rival, GM, sold 3.16 million cars, now the race is on for VW to become the world’s biggest automotive manufacturer, but for them to achieve that result they will need to improve the way the US market views them :: Read the full article »»»»


Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: porsche | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76Salzberg, Austria: The designer of the world’s most iconic sportscar – the Porsche 911 – has died aged 76. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche developed the car in 1963 for the company founded by his grandfather. With its sloping roof, long hood and noisy rear-mounted engine, the Porsche 911 still carries distinctly recognisable elements from the first model introduced in 1963. Describing his design philosophy, Mr Porsche once said a product that was coherent in form required no embellishments.

His design career had a slow start, he was dismissed from the Ulm School of Design because of doubts over his talent. Undeterred, Ferdinand Porsche started practical training in the body design department of the family-owned sports car factory in Stuttgart.

“As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that still leaves its mark on our sports cars,” the head of Porsche’s supervisory board, Matthias Mueller, said in a statement. “A design of the century for which Porsche is envied around the world,” the mass-market Bild newspaper said of the 911 in an obituary for Porsche on its website. True fans of the brand only permit slight changes to the design to this day.”

He also created the Formula One racecar 804 as well as the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and in the 1970s branched out into Porsche merchandise including lines of wristwatches and sunglasses.

“Design must be functional and this functionality must be applied visually with an aesthetic that is without gags that have to be explained first,” the company quoted him as saying. “Good design should be honest.”

Ferdinand Porsche, who began at the company in 1958 and was still the honorary chairman of the company’s supervisory board when he died, is survived by his wife and three sons.


NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fast, Faster, Fastest, Favorite New Thought, Grilled, porsche | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

At nearly 50, the Porsche 911 Carrera is apparently younger than ever. The completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its sleek and stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed features. Yet from every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera ‘evolution, not revolution’ design philosophy. Read the full article »»»»


Internal Combustion, Version 9.4.6.beta

Posted: May 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Internal Combustion, Version 9.4.6.beta

If we believe everything we read, it may seem that the internal combustion engine is on the out. Everyone wants to talk about alternative , hybrid and electric vehicles, what we will be driving in the future and what will propel it. If you believe the hype: we’ll no doubt be driving pod shaped vehicles, powered by bacteria regenerating lithium batteries.  If you believe everything you read, we’ve written off the internal combustion engine!  I’ve got news for you: the traditional petroleum powered internal combustion engine isn’t going anyplace soon. In fact, this 125-year-old invention is just getting started. Google “better fuel economy than a prius” and the list of articles stretches endlessly. The fact is the internal combustion engine has barely hit momentum yet. BMW’s 2011 520D, Ford’s 2010 Fiesta, even Hyundai ravages the poor old Prius on fuel efficiency. Clearly a large part of this anomaly is the 125 year history – evolution – the internal combustion engine has under it’s belt. Hybrid and Electric Vehicles are new technology, and no doubt will grow into worthy advisories. Hybrid and EV are at the moment novelties, take Porsche, the 2011 Panamera Hybrid has a fuel economy of 45 mile per gallon, the 2011 911 has a fuel economy of 50mpg, go figure? Read the full article »»»»


B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: porsche 918 spyder | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

OK, previously we may have been a little harsh on Porsche Australia – READ ‘Why Do We Pay More –  we no longer give a sideways what the new 918 costs, we just want one!

Stuttgart – Porsche AG announced the 918 Spyder Plug In Hybrid is officially on sale, well pre-order. This auto stole the show at it’s preview in Geneva last year. The concept project known as XG10 – 918 is going into production in September 2013, the expected cost of this stunner $US845,000 – we have no clue what the 918 will cost in Australia.   Porsche Australia, didn’t respond to Questions on pricing at time of publication. Read the full article »»»»


Why Do WE Pay More

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: tandem | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Why Do WE Pay More

 

The Australian market though small, has been fiercely loyal to the brand, this is an appalling way to treat such loyalty.

As I finished up this article, – the fool sitting next to me just Kicked the Sh_t out of himself with laughter, He read this article, then turned and said ” this car only gets 30-mpg? it’s a hybrid, right? dude the 2010 Porsche 911s gets 31-mpg wtf “

Porsche Centres across Australia are now taking orders for the Panamera S Hybrid, with deliveries beginning in August. The Panamera S Hybrid is priced at $298,300. [GRIPE] The same car – identical – in the USA and UK is on sale for $95,000 Australian Dollars. As a Porsche Owner this customer is OUTRAGED! How much longer is the Australian market going to cop this, this is an extremely disloyal attitude from Porsche. Read the full article »»»»