What Do German Scientists Drive?
Yes, scientists drive, too
The Center of Automotive Management (CAM), based at the University of Applied Sciences (FHDW) in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, is “an independent scientific institute for strategic consulting and empirical automotive and mobility research.”
Clearly a serious outfit.
CAM scientists, in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers, performed an analysis of 250 production vehicles during the 2019-20 timeframe for purposes of. . .awards.
Porsche Taycan. Sexy. And scientific. (Images: Porsche)
And during this year’s AutomotiveINNOVATIONS awards, the Porsche Taycan is getting the nod for being the most innovative car in the world.
Among the reasons why the CAM scientists came to that conclusion are the electric vehicle’s 800-volt architecture, two-speed transmission on the rear axle, regenerative energy capture of up to 265 kW, and a coefficient of drag of 0.22. And more.
Not surprisingly, Oliver Blume, chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, is pleased with the Most Innovative Model award.
He’s probably going to need a bigger trophy case because so far the Taycan has racked up the World Car of the Year 2020 (got both the Performance Car and Luxury Car categories); the BBC Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year and Game Changer of the Year; the China Green Car of the Year; and the German Car of the Year.
A more scientific view of the Taycan.
Blume on this latest award: “This is fantastic confirmation of the innovative strength of our company and the pioneering spirit that can be found at Porsche.”
While we’re not sure what German scientists make, it is worth noting that in the U.S. the Porsche Taycan starts at $103,800.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
GM gives its mid-size pickup customers what they’ve been clamoring for, a clean and quiet, high-torque, fuel-efficient diesel.
Mercedes has been putting diesels in vehicles since 1926. It has been offering them in the U.S. since 1949. And 2013 is seeing a range of offerings, including in its popular GLK SUV.