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FUTURE PERFECT MARCH 2024

QUICKER, FASTER, FARTHER: 

New Porsche Taycan 

Porsche continues to redefine excellence with the comprehensive update to its electric masterpiece, the Taycan. More power, quicker acceleration, extended range, and enhanced charging stability mark just a few of the numerous upgrades in this latest iteration.

Style and sophistication take centre stage as Porsche refines the Taycan’s design, notably distinguishing the Turbo models with a sharper aesthetic. Inside, a reimagined cockpit integrates cutting-edge technology, boasting an extensive list of standard features and the latest Porsche Driver Experience interface.

Available in three body variants – the Taycan sports sedan, the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo with off-road capabilities, and the sporty Taycan Sport Turismo – the line-up offers four powertrain options, including rear- and all-wheel-drive variants.

Performance gets a significant boost, with acceleration times slashed. Two examples from both ends of the spectrum: the Taycan reaches the 100 km/h mark from a standstill in just 4.8, while the Taycan Turbo S blitzes it in just 2.4 seconds.

With the new push-to-pass function in the Sport Chrono package, a boost of up to 70 kW can be called upon for 10 seconds at the touch of a button. For example, the base Taycan delivers 60 kW more than before. In the Taycan Turbo S, it’s an additional 140 kW with Launch Control, increasing the system output of the top model to an incredible 700 kW.

The Performance Battery Plus now has a gross capacity of 105 kWh, increased from 93 kWh, which allows for the range to be increased to 678 km, an increase of 175 km (35%). It also recharges faster, charging at up to 320 kW. That’s 50 kW more than before, reducing the time required to go from a 10 to an 80% charge from 37 to just 18 minutes despite its larger battery capacity.

With its refined design, enhanced performance, and state-of-the-art technology, the new Porsche Taycan redefines electric driving, setting new standards for excellence in the automotive industry.

PEUGEOT’S GENIE IN THE COCKPIT

Peugeot is introducing some French flair in the cockpit, pioneering the integration of artificial intelligence into its latest generation models, transforming the driving experience with unprecedented levels of service and interaction. Through its i-Cockpit user interface, customers can now engage with ChatGPT, an innovative voice assistant activated with the command “OK Peugeot”.

This integration marks a significant leap in interactive driving experiences, enhancing pleasure and knowledge discovery while on the road. ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, leverages the power of generative artificial intelligence, including the technologies from SoundHound’s Chat AI platform. ChatGPT version 3.5 utilises data from the Internet until January 2022, and therefore has no knowledge of events and data occurring after that date.

From recommending landmarks to entertaining passengers with quizzes, ChatGPT is integrated into the i-Cockpit touchscreen, offering engaging interactions. Eligible models include the new 208, 2008, 308, 308SW, 408, 508, 508 SW, E-3008, E-Rifter, E-Traveller, E-Partner, E-Expert, and soon, the E-5008.

Peugeot welcomes customer innovation by offering a pilot phase for ChatGPT activation, providing free access for six months to the first 10,000 eligible customers. Feedback from this phase will inform further development and deployment to all eligible connected vehicles, ensuring a personalised driving experience for all future Peugeot owners. In this phase, ChatGPT will be offered to customers in select European countries, in their language of choice.

VOLVO EX40 DOMINATES EV MARKET 

In 2023, Volvo Car South Africa solidified its position as a leader in the EV sector. Sales of the fully electric XC40 more than tripled yearly, securing a significant 16.6% share of the total EV market in South Africa.

With the imminent launch of the fully electric EX30, Volvo aims for even greater achievements in 2024. Starting at an accessible R775,900, the EX30 line-up promises exceptional performance without compromising affordability. 

The entry-level EX30 Core Single Motor delivers a robust 200 kW and 343 Nm, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, with a range of 344 km on a single charge.

Moving up the range, the EX30 Plus Single Motor Extended Range offers a larger 69 kWh battery pack, extending the WLTP range to 476 km. The EX30 Plus Twin Motor Performance takes it up a notch with a second electric motor, boasting a remarkable 315 kW and 543 Nm, propelling this pocket rocket from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

Each trim level boasts an array of premium features, from a heated steering wheel to a fixed panoramic sunroof, ensuring a luxurious driving experience for all.

With its competitive pricing and impressive specifications, the EX30 is poised to strengthen Volvo Car SA’s position in the EV market while making EVs more accessible to South Africans.

STYLE MEETS POWER 

Prepare to embark on an electrifying journey with the debut of the all-new, all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S. Representing a fusion of style, speed, and sophistication, this premium SUV marks a significant milestone for the Jeep brand as it ventures into the realm of EVs.

Scheduled for release in the U.S. later this year, before making its way to global markets, the Jeep Wagoneer S boasts standard 4xE (the new 4×4) capability, advanced all-terrain management, and cutting-edge technology, embodying the spirit of adventure synonymous with the Jeep brand.

Underneath its sleek exterior lies a powerhouse, delivering a staggering 448 kW and achieving a quick zero to 100 km/h time of around 3.7 seconds. Complementing its impressive performance is a meticulously crafted interior, featuring premium materials and innovative design elements.

Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a tailored driver control centre, complete with a Jeep brand-exclusive Selec-Terrain toggle and dynamic ambient lighting 

that allows for customisable colour schemes.
Moreover, the Jeep Wagoneer S boasts a standard dual-pane panoramic sunroof, providing a captivating view of the world outside. Further enhancing the driving experience is the collaboration with McIntosh, resulting in a segment-exclusive, 19-speaker premium flagship McIntosh audio system.

With its blend of style, power, and cutting-edge technology, the all-new Jeep Wagoneer S is set to transition the Jeep brand into the all-electric future of automotive innovation.

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