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Porsche Connect to be driver’s Innovative Command Center

In the future, Porsche Connect will offer even more options for connecting the vehicle with the outside world. The enhanced communication technology is being used for the first time in the new Panamera models in combination with a twelve-inch screen.

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In theory, Porsche drivers soon won’t even need to get out of their cars. Introduced in late June, Porsche Connect has, once and for all, turned the car into a rolling command center. In the future, there will be almost nothing that you can’t do with ease while on the road. For instance, getting information about flights or events in a particular city, searching for parking spots or charging stations online, calling up your personal agenda—and of course, all the services available previously, such as real-time traffic information, or displaying vehicle data as well.

The do-it-all communication tool Porsche Connect is now available for the first time in the new Panamera—as a standard feature. It will subsequently become available for all other models, in some cases as an option, and in some cases as standard. Much of the content in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system can be configured, updated and personalized using the also newly launched Porsche Connect Portal and the new Porsche Connect Store.

Connected Car concept encompasses functions inside or outside of the vehicle

Of course, the primary focus of the sports cars from Zuffenhausen and Leipzig is their outstanding driving characteristics. But the subject of connectivity is an increasingly key area for Porsche. For almost three years, an interdepartmental team has been working on building up this new business area. “Among other measures, the new Connected Car department was set up under the Sales and Marketing unit in order to promote development in this field more keenly,” says Daniel Vetterkind, Manager of Customer Communications Sales and Marketing Connected Car (VMC). At Porsche, the Connected Car concept encompasses functions inside or outside of the vehicle that make data exchange possible—for example between a Porsche and a smartphone, or between multiple vehicles.

The company offers a variety of different applications. With the Porsche Car Connect app, users can access vehicle information such as the current fuel level, remaining range, or the average fuel consumption on the last trip. The app also enables remote control of certain vehicle functions, such as retracting the mirrors or locking the vehicle. The Porsche Vehicle Tracking System is also controlled using the Car Connect app. In the event of a theft, vehicle data is sent directly to an alarm center, the Porsche owner is informed via the app and by text message, and local authorities are notified. In the event of an emergency or breakdown, Car Connect sends important vehicle data and the location of the car to an alarm center or to Porsche Assistance. Porsche Car Connect works with Android and Apple smartphones. The latter can also be connected with the Apple Watch, allowing Car Connect app functions to be operated using the watch as well.

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Porsche Car Connect can be connected with the Apple Watch

PCM has already proven itself on the market as the central control unit for audio, navigation and communication. The system features a wireless internet connection, real-time traffic information, Google Earth, Google Street View and Apple Car Play—with which iPhone apps can be displayed and operated on the PCM screen. Also practical is the smartphone tray in the center console, which connects your smartphone to the external antenna to provide improved reception quality and save your phone’s battery charge by reducing power consumption. “Using a data SIM card, there is an internet connection for our online services in the vehicle, as well as for use by other occupants of the vehicle,” adds Vetterkind. Older versions of the PCM system can also be connected to the smartphone app “Aha Radio”. The user can therefore access continuously updated real-time traffic data, listen to web radio, or input searched addresses as the destination during the trip.

Daniel Vetterkind and his colleagues are already working feverishly on developing and refining Porsche Connect further: “Once launched, we will be offering Porsche Connect in more than 40 countries around the world.” Different countries, different customs: In China, says Vetterkind, Porsche buyers are an average of ten years younger than in Europe. As a result, customer needs are also different: “There we are already offering a concierge service allowing users to issue instructions from the car, for example to have a table reserved at the restaurant of their choice.” The company provides this service to its customers in China and Japan around the clock, seven days a week.

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Consumption data

Panamera: combined fuel consumption 7.6 – 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 173 – 171 g/km

Panamera 4: combined fuel consumption 7.8 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 177 – 175 g/km

Panamera 4 Executive: combined fuel consumption 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 180 – 178 g/km

Panamera 4S: combined fuel consumption 8.2 – 8.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 186 – 184 g/km

Panamera 4S Executive: combined fuel consumption 8.3 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 189 – 187 g/km

Panamera 4S Diesel: combined fuel consumption 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 178 – 176 g/km

Panamera Turbo: combined fuel consumption 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 214 – 212 g/km

Panamera Turbo Executive: combined fuel consumption 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2emissions: 217 – 215 g/km

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; electricity consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive: combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; electricity consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Porsche is about to present new Panamera models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, the sportscar manufacturer will be introducing new versions of the luxury saloon.

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Porsche is continuing to expand the model range of the new Panamera: The new V6 turbo is a highly efficient and agile entry-level addition to the impressive range of engines. Power is up by 20 hp from the corresponding engine of the previous Panamerageneration. At the same time, Porsche was able to reduce the consumption of this completely redeveloped six-cylinder petrol engine by up to 1.0 l/100 km. The new 330-hp (243kW; Panamera: combined fuel consumption 7.6 – 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 173 – 171 g/km; Panamera 4: combined fuel consumption 7.8 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 177 – 175 g/km; Panamera 4 Executive: combined fuel consumption 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 180 – 178 g/km) engine is combined with rear-wheel drive in the Panamera and all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4, plus a long wheelbase in the Panamera 4 Executive.

While the Panamera and Panamera 4 with 330 hp redefine what can be expected at the entry-level end, the Executive models of the big Porsche, with their 150 millimetre longer wheelbase, expand the body and equipment portfolio at the top end of the model line. Designed as a chauffeur saloon, this Porsche is available in the all-wheel drive versions Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive, Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive.

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The new Panamera 4S Executive

The new Porsche Panamera Executive versions are equipped even more exclusively. The standard features are supplemented with a large panoramic roof, heated comfort seats with multi-way electrical adjustment in the front and rear and adaptive air suspension with an electronically controlled damper system (Porsche Active Suspension Management / PASM). The roll-up sunblind behind the headrests in the rear also comes as standard. The standard equipment of the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive is even more comprehensive: Among other things, both models benefit from rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive is equipped with standard features such as four-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and ambient lighting.

As an option, all Porsche Panamera Executive models are available with a newly developed, large rear centre console, which can also be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an inductive antenna connection for an additional smartphone, depending on the market. Similarly to the existing Panamera models, the exterior of the Executive versions can be further individualised with a Sport design package.

Panamera can be used as a fully digitalised workplace

Another useful equipment option, particularly for the Executive versions frequently used as chauffeur saloons in China and the USA, is the latest generation of Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. The 10.1-inch displays integrated in the backrests of the front seats can be detached for a wide range of uses; when needed, they transform the rear of the Panamera into a fully digitalised workplace. The high-quality displays can also be used as tablets outside the vehicle.

Exclusive Panamera – Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment
Exclusive Panamera - Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment (EN)

With regard to the model line, the fully redeveloped second generation of the Panamera was introduced in the summer of 2016. The four all-wheel drive models Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel (310 kW / 422 hp; combined fuel consumption 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 178 – 176 g/km), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo are already available on the market. With the addition of the new 330 hp versions and the Executive models, the Porsche Panamera range now comprises ten different models with power outputs from 330 to 550 hp.

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Consumption data

Panamera: combined fuel consumption 7.6 – 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 173 – 171 g/km

Panamera 4: combined fuel consumption 7.8 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 177 – 175 g/km

Panamera 4 Executive: combined fuel consumption 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 180 – 178 g/km

Panamera 4S: combined fuel consumption 8.2 – 8.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 186 – 184 g/km

Panamera 4S Executive: combined fuel consumption 8.3 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 189 – 187 g/km

Panamera 4S Diesel: combined fuel consumption 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 178 – 176 g/km

Panamera Turbo: combined fuel consumption 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 214 – 212 g/km

Panamera Turbo Executive: combined fuel consumption 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2emissions: 217 – 215 g/km

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; electricity consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive: combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; electricity consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft partner to deliver the future of connected driving

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Renault-Nissan and Microsoft partner to deliver the future of connected driving

Companies sign global, multiyear contract to work on next-generation connected car technologies and driving experiences

PARIS, France/REDMOND, Wash. (September 26, 2016) – The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.

The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company’s intelligent cloud offerings. These new services will improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

“A car is becoming increasingly connected, intelligent and personal,” said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice-president, Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services. “Partnering with Microsoft allows us to accelerate the development of the associated key technologies needed to enable scenarios our customers want and build all-new ones they haven’t even imagined. We aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone with one single global platform.”

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is pioneering autonomous driving and connectivity features on mainstream, mass-market vehicles at affordable prices. The Alliance aims to develop connectivity technologies and features to support the launch of more than 10 vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020 with services to maximize better use of newly found in-car free time.

Renault-Nissan will continuously develop and launch new connected services and applications that make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks, and offer vehicle centric services that will simplify and enhance engagement with the car through usage-based information, remote access, remote diagnostics and preventive maintenance

Microsoft Azure provides a proven, secure global cloud platform with unlimited scale that allows Renault-Nissan to deliver services worldwide to its broad customer base.

Renault-Nissan selected Azure in part because of its enterprise-grade security and Microsoft’s rigorous commitment to compliance. In addition, Azure supports multiple operating systems, programming languages and tools, providing flexibility and choice to build a common platform for Renault-Nissan to deploy services to both Alliance brands.

“While the connected car experience is in its infancy, we believe there’s so much potential to dramatically change the industry. We are partnering to accelerate Renault-Nissan’s mobile and cloud strategies and unlock new experiences for their customers,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft. “Renault-Nissan is an exceptional partner thanks to its global presence and range of brands, which enable it to bring entirely new mobile and digital experiences to so many people. This collaboration will bring a new standard to connected cars.”

 

Focus on next-generation technologies

The partnership will accelerate development of best-in-class infotainment and location-based services that will:

Allow customers to personalize and protect their settings: Customers will be able to customize their settings knowing that data is safe and that they have the option to transfer the settings from one car to another, or lock them and disable transfer. By adding a driver-centric experience in the car, the drive becomes personal and allows for things like adaptive route suggestions and advanced navigation.

Productivity: With Microsoft, Renault-Nissan will expand the realm of productivity into the car – transforming the daily commute into a productive experience by seamlessly integrating the digital experiences present at work and life into the car. 

Give access to over-the-air updates: Customers will be able to download over-the-air updates to, for example, have the latest autonomous drive software and collision-avoidance applications.

Help customers stay in touch: Customers will be able to easily check in and communicate their estimated time of arrival, or alert friends to a change of plans. They will also be able to use automatic payment from the car for highway tolls or parking, with a simple touch from the comfort of their seat.

Monitor the car from a distance: Car owners will be able to monitor their car from anywhere, through their mobile phone or laptop. They could transfer control to a friend or relative who needs their car – without transferring physical keys. They will use a mobile application that helps them find the car, can trigger remote charging and preconditioning and lock and unlock the car.

Protect the vehicle: Tracking software locates a stolen car and disables it at the next practical opportunity. “Geofencing” technology creates invisible fences around the car that will enable notifications when the car enters or exits a predefined area or route.

Improve the vehicle experience: By adding connectivity, customers will be able to have access to advance vehicle diagnostic services, allowing the car manufacturer to deliver unique features. Collecting real usage data will also support vehicle engineering to improve manufacturing quality.

 

ABOUT MICROSOFT

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

ABOUT THE RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, sold 8.5 million cars in nearly 200 countries in 2015. The Alliance also operates strategic collaborations with other automakers, including Germany’s Daimler, China’s Dongfeng, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors. The Alliance has a majority stake in the joint venture that owns Russia’s top automaker, AVTOVAZ.

Mercedes-Benz celebrates 130th year of automotive by offering hefty price tag savings

mb-130k-715x330pxFor the past 130 years, Mercedes-Benz has continuously developed the accomplishment from the innovation of its forefathers Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. Its cars have defined automotive safety, comfort, efficiency, and confidence.

Now, the top luxury car brand globally, Mercedes-Benz is gradually introducing the future of the automobile. It has constantly been coming up with vehicles and features that are definitely ahead of the times–from electric mobility to intelligently connected cars and autonomous driving.

The Philippines has always been an important market for the brand. Thus, Filipinos are never left behind when it comes to the latest models that are launched with the luxury emblem.

As Mercedes-Benz turns 130 years along with the automobile, Auto Nation Group, Inc., the general distributor of the brand in the country, celebrates this milestone by giving a treat to the brand’s patrons, enthusiasts, and followers. SRPs of select brand new models get a PHP130,000-markdown.

Visit any of Mercedes-Benz’s showrooms in Greenhills, BGC, Alabang, and Cebu City to learn more and/or to avail of this limited offer.

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 9082 Series of 2016

List of Showrooms

New in-car Spotify app launched by Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson and Rapper Example

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You can now use Spotify in Jaguar vehicles fitted with InControl Apps following the launch of a unique in-car Spotify app.

In conjunction with Spotify, the world’s largest streaming service, Jaguar has developed the first app to offer in-car personalised playlists based on users tastes and listening habits.

Peter Virk, Director of Connected Technologies and Apps at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Spotify has more than 100 million subscribers, a portion of whom drive Jaguars, so we recognised that Spotify was at the top of our customers’ apps wish list. The Spotify design team worked closely with us to create the best in-vehicle experience.”

The collaboration between the two companies is the result of a year’s worth of teamwork between Jaguar and Spotify. The design teams set out to create a familiar and immersive experience designed for in-car use. The interface mirrors that found within Spotify meaning users will recognise it from using their smartphones. In addition, users are able to swipe horizontally to scroll through menus, which display artwork tiles, helping minimise distractions while driving.

The app also makes use of Spotify’s ‘deep learning’ which recognises listener habits, supplying users with personalised ‘Just for You’ playlists containing recommended tracks, saving time when scrolling through music. Drivers in low-signal areas have also been considered; Spotify’s ‘Offline Mode’ intelligently pre-loads content and will display only downloaded content when the driver has a poor internet connection.

First to try the app ahead of its launch was Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Elliot Gleave, AKA Example. The two went head to head in a battle of musical tastes with both creating a playlist of their top driving songs. The artists’ playlists feature recent and classic tracks and include their latest singles, Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘Hole in My Soul’ and Example’s ‘Later.’ Both driving playlists are available now via the official Kaiser Chiefs and Example Spotify profiles.

To find out more about other apps and features available as part of InControl.