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Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, usually shortened to Porsche, is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance EVs, sports cars, SUVs, and sedans.

With its headquarters in Stuttgart, Porsche is owned by Volkswagen AG. A controlling stake of which Volkswagen AG is owned by Porsche Automobil Holding SE.

Porsche Taycan wins Autocar’s Game Changer Awards 2020

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Every year, UK auto magazine Autocar names their Game Changers – “the cars that defied the conventions of their class, or set new standards for the rest of the industry to match.”

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Even the most progressively minded road tester at this magazine must have had doubts that an electric car could ever deliver the synaptic goods from behind the wheel. Too heavy, too soulless. And yet even at this relatively early stage in the story of battery-powered machines, Porsche has done it with the first zero-emission model in its 89-year history.

Perfection? Not quite. At more than £83,000 for the entry-level 4S, the Taycan is an expensive electric car. And despite its exceptionally clever packaging, neither is it quite as practical as a four-door performance car built in the GT mould should be. Boot space is limited and rear-seat passengers won’t find it as capacious as, say, the Mercedes CLS. It won’t travel as far as a Tesla Model S on a single charge, either.

And yet the Taycan’s performance is simply breathtaking, its handling traits recognisable from even the finest mid-engined supercars and its easy drivability and smooth ride guaranteed to have you pining to own an example mere miles after you’ve slipped down into the supportive driver’s seat for the very first time. Perceived quality is also extremely high and so, like many a game-changing machine, it feels unusually complete at the first attempt.

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Porsche announces RWD Taycan for the Chinese market with up to 469bhp and 304-mile range

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Felix Page » Autocar »

Porsche has introduced a rear-driven entry-level model of its Taycan electric saloon, describing it as “a perfect entry point into the fully electrified Porsche world”.

Badged simply ‘Taycan’, the newcomer is the fourth available version of Stuttgart’s Tesla Model S rival so far, joining the 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. It’s destined exclusively for the Chinese market for the time being, but could come to Europe as Porsche caters to growing demand for electric models. A Porsche spokesperson told Autocar: “There is no confirmed timetable for its launch in other markets.”

It’s the first model in the line-up to send its power to just the rear axle. A single Permanent Synchronous Motor at the rear produces 402bhp when paired with the standard-specification 79.2kWh battery, but can be upgraded to 469bhp with the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus.

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Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

Dodge Durango SRT

FCA’s Dodge Durango SRT

Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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16 electric cars that may be introduced in India in 2020 and 2021

Bala Natarajan / ElectricVehicleWeb.in »

The year 2020 would be remembered as the one that gave vitality to the electric vehicle revolution in India. The Auto Expo 2020 saw the birth of dozens of EVs of different sizes and prices from a wide section of automakers. Let’s have a look at the upcoming electric cars of India to be launched in 2020 and 2021.

  • Audi e-tron
  • Ford Aspire EV
  • Haima Bird Electric EV1
  • Haval Concept H
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mahindra Atom
  • Mahindra eKUV100
  • Mahindra eXUV300 Electric
  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV
  • Mercedes EQC
  • MG ZS EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Renault Kwid Electric
  • Tata Altroz EV
  • Tata HBX Electric
  • Tata Nexon EV
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Forbes’ Mark Ewing takes the Porsche Taycan Turbo S for a mountain drive and says » ‘If Taycan is the future of performance cars, I want to live forever.”

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Mark Ewing, Forbes »

Taycan Turbo S is hypercar-quick in a straight line, but we’ve seen that trick before with electric cars. Taycan Turbo S impresses most for its balanced performance portfolio. Entirely new in an electric car is its ability to change direction with a grace no 5000-pound car should possess. A low center of gravity, rear-wheel steering, front and rear electric motors with torque vectoring to meter power at each wheel, and Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) sway bar system that deftly limits body roll have gifted Taycan with Olympic agility. Hats off and three cheers to Walter Röhrl, 2-time World Rally Champion and Porsche’s stoic speed warrior, who led the team of development drivers.

 

Pistons vs Electrons » Which is quicker around a race track, a Porsche Taycan Turbo S or a BMW M8 Gran Coupé?

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TRACK BATTLE: BMW M8 Gran Coupé vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Can volts outrun pistons on track?

 

German auto magazine Auto Bild Sportscars compares the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S to the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

Can the Porsche beat the BMW despite its 400 kg (880 lbs) weight disadvantage?

In terms of power they match each other » Both deliver 625 hp to the wheels. (The Porsche Taycan has 761 hp available during launch control.)

You can get the full comparison-test in the June 2020 issue of Auto Bild Sportscars.

Porsche and VICE present Electric Driving 101: Image

Porsche x VICE present Electric Driving 101: Image

Electric Driving 101 is an introductory guide where Porsche and VICE help you navigate the exciting world of electric driving.

In this episode, host Hanli Hoefer catches up with creative director Jeffrey Docherty and award-winning film director Tenn Xoomsai, to discover the unique design and aesthetic of what makes an electric Porsche.

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