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Takes Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley

As a vice president with a leading technology company in the Silicon Valley, Thilo Koslowski was instrumental in creating innovative products and customer experiences. As the new boss of digital mobility for Porsche, he brings that experience and an eye for the future in terms of connectivity, smart mobility and the much-ballyhooed self-driving car. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said hiring Koslowski is a key step in shaping the future of the auto industry. “We are striving to link out traditional sports car DNA with the technologies of the future in a way unique to Porsche,” Blume said. Porsche is already on the cutting edge of auto technology, which you can see by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.

Ready to Take Porsche into Future

Koslowski said he has been fascinated by Porsche ever since he was a child, calling it the most “emotional brand” in the auto industry. “My goal is for Porsche to become the number one player in the digital dimension as well,” he said. “We can boost the fascination that our cars inspire and make them more interesting, and also identify innovative new products, services, and business opportunities for the company.” Koslowski said consumers should be prepared to enter the “Internet of Cars,” where a vehicle can do many of the things that people rely on a smartphone for. “I call it the renaissance of the car,” he continued. “The next five years will bring more changes to the automotive industry than the previous 50 years did.”

Get Ready for the Self-driving Car

Ready or not, the self-driving car is coming. According to Koslowski, that doesn’t mean that Porsche is going to take all the fun out of driving. “Obviously, I want to drive a Porsche myself, first and foremost. But I also want to be able to press a button and so it does that on its own, for instance in a traffic jam,” he said. He also said that the Porsche of tomorrow will communicate with your calendar, notifying it that you might be late for an appointment. He emphasized that out on the open road, the Porsche will still be a dynamic driving machine that provides a thrill a minute for budding race drivers.

Porsche Committed to Competing With Technology

Koslowski admits that companies like Tesla and Google will be competitive with technology in the race to build the best car of the future. Right now Tesla offers the most tech-focused car, but it is not a Porsche. You can drive the car of the future today by taking a visit to Porsche of Tucson.

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Strategy Based on 918 Spyder

When you barely touch on the accelerator pedal in the new Porsche Panamera Hybrid, the vehicle summons the full power of the 100 kW electric motor and V6 gas engine, rocketing you to speeds of more than 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds. This is the same strategy employed by the 918 Spyder, an electric vehicle that holds a record on the famed Nurburgring race track. By transferring torque equally to all four wheels, the new Panamera Hybrid maintains the balance Porsche has become known for after decades of mastery on the European racing circuit. Recently unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the new Panamera Hybrid will be available for sale at Porsche of Tucson sometime in mid-2017.

PDK Transmission Moves Through Gears Quickly

The new Panamera Hybrid utilizes the ultra-efficient PDK 8-speed transmission to ensure a smooth transition through all gears. This is a change from the torque converter tranny used on the previous model. The Panamera Hybrid is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is liquid cooled. Although the size has increased by more than 5 kWh, its weight has stayed the same. Using a 230-V connector, it takes less than 6 hours to give the battery a complete charge. An optional charging connection can reduce that time to under 4 hours.

Porsche Advanced Cockpit Keeps Driver Informed

With two different 7-inch touchscreen panels constantly displaying information, the driver of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid receives vital vehicle information in real-time. Along with the standard speedometer and tachometer, an energy usage panel keeps you up-to-date on power used, power remaining and how far you can go until you run out of electricity. You’ll also see how much power you recover through regeneration, helping you to drive efficiently.

Switch Lets You Choose Driving Modes

Recognizing that drivers go through different moods, Porsche has outfitted the Panamera Hybrid with a driving mode selector mounted on the steering wheel. If you are looking for the most energy efficiency, select Hybrid Auto to have the car automatically make the best use of battery and gasoline engine power. Choose E-hold to conserve your electric power, or E-charge to have the gas engine bring your battery back up to a full charge. If you happen to come across that perfect stretch of lonely highway that begs for a little abuse, simply switch to the Sport or Sport Plus mode to get the most performance out of your Porsche. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see when the new Panamera Hybrid will be on the showroom floor.

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Hard Charging Sedan Gets a Trim

With the second-generation Porsche Panamera debuting in 2017, fans of the sporty sedan would be forgiven for fear the designers would take away all the good things about this 911 on steroids. According to Car and Driver magazine, not only did they leave all the good stuff but the Panamera team improved this already impressive beast that’s capable of devouring the highway during daily commutes or a timed track run. What most people will notice first is the design of the car, which improved by lifting the rear end, adding a little more slope and stretching the width. A better transmission, upgraded interior and “hot vee” engine all combine to make this generation as anticipated as the first. Check in with Porsche of Tucson to examine the new Panamera for yourself and take a test drive.

Hot Vee Engine New Design

Although the 4.0L V-8 Twin Turbo shares a lot of features in common with engines used in other vehicles, the placement of the turbos in the dip between the cylinder rows is something new for Porsche. The company says this is more efficient because of a shorter run for the exhaust gas. Anyone who drives a Porsche Panamera and steps on the gas will be hard-pressed to argue. With a spine-snapping 567 pound-feet of torque, the sporty sedan has 550 horsepower to use as you wish. If you don’t feel the need to jump off the starting line like a rocket, the Panamera also has a 405-horsepower 2.9L V-6.

Cruise Control of Future Here Now

The Panamera has available InnoDrive, Porsche’s name for its high-tech adaptive cruise control that uses GPS readings to anticipate both road and traffic law changes. By reading the topography 2 miles ahead, InnoDrive will downshift or lower the speed when necessary to adjust for steep hills or tight curves once you program a route into the navigation system. In a test on Germany’s famed Autobahn, a Car and Driver editor noted it behaved much like a human driver. “It smoothed the schizophrenic speed-limit changes with the gentle transitions of a human driver, yet when a dawdling Peugeot finally moved to the right in an unrestricted section, the Porsche accelerated forcefully–just as we would in a 550-hp Porsche–to the system’s max of 130 mph.” InnoDrive won’t be part of the package when the Panamera first comes to Porsche of Tucson in early 2017. Engineers still have to fine-tune the system to match up with America’s traffic laws.