• Porsche has announced updates to the all-electric Porsche Taycan this week, with more range, more connectivity and colours.

    Thanks to technological developments, the day-to-day range of the electric sports cars will be improved. Further significant upgrades include the deep integration of Android Auto in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, as well as the availability of Remote Park Assist for the first time on the Taycan. With this new optional assistance system, the process of parking the car can be controlled via a smartphone, without the driver needing to be at the wheel. With the new Paint to Sample and Paint to Sample Plus options, unusual and personal colour choices will soon be available. For example, the Taycan can now be painted in the ‘90s classic Rubystone Red, or in bright Acid Green.

    The new Taycan model year will not be homologated separately, so there will not be any new WLTP range values. However, the real-world range of the latest versions will be greater in day-to-day use. Extensive technological developments have been implemented to achieve this increase. In Normal and Range modes, the front electric motor is almost completely decoupled and de-energised in the partial load range in the all-wheel drive models. Furthermore, no drive is transmitted to either axle when the car is coasting or at a standstill. This electric freewheel function reduces drag losses. The motors are switched on again within milliseconds only when the driver requests more power or changes the driving mode.

    The updated Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo will start the new model year next month.

 

  • Mercedes-Benz has revealed the All-New Citan van, including an electric eCitan.

    Sharing the same platform as the New Renault Kangoo, the Citan will be offered in two wheelbase versions, as well as the Citan Tourer with up to 7 seats.

    Two petrol models (102PS and 131PS) and three diesel models (75PS, 95PS and 116PS) are available and all versions available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic.

    Further specification and UK pricing is expected in early 2022.