Oliver Blume was visibly pleased to be back in California. “A year ago, we presented the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles,” says Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, on the morning of the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show. “Now we’re following it with the Taycan – Porsche’s first all-electric sports car. California has been a kind of second home for Porsche for decades. The 911 has its largest fan base in the world there. With the Taycan, we are combining our tradition with the future and continuing the Porsche success story.”
The outstanding importance of the US market for Porsche can easily be seen in figures: Every fourth Porsche is delivered to this market, explained Detlev von Platen, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing. The US is Porsche’s second largest market. In 2018, the company delivered more than 57,000 vehicles there. This means nine consecutive years of growth. The business year to date has also been impressive: in the first nine months, deliveries rose by six percent year-on-year to 45,062 units.
Up to 571 PS output
The Taycan is now set to continue this success story. The new Taycan 4S is the focus of Porsche’s show presence. It rounds off the lower end of the model range, which previously consisted of the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. The new Taycan 4S is the first of its kind in the Taycan range. The Taycan 4S is available with two battery sizes: with the performance battery it achieves up to 390 kW (530 PS; combined power consumption 24.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km), with the Performance Battery Plus up to 420 kW (571 PS; combined power consumption 25.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km) with Overboost power.
“We are making full use of the power of electric drives,” said Detlev von Platen. Parallel to Porsche’s first start in Formula E on November 22/23, 2019, the 99X Electric, the brand’s first all-electric racing car, is also on show at the L.A. Autoshow.
Other brands from the Volkswagen Group are also presenting new electric vehicles in California. On the eve of the Auto Show, the Volkswagen brand had already presented the latest member of the ID. family, the ID. SPACE VIZZION, to media representatives. Thanks to the compact electric drive and the battery integrated into the underbody, the available space in the interior of the study vehicle is more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, rather than a mid-size vehicle.
The study is based on Volkswagen’s Modular E-Drive Matrix (MEB). The 82 kWh gross battery capacity enables distances of up to 590 kilometers (WLTP) / 300 miles (EPA). Thanks to a system output (4MOTION) of up to 250 kW, the ID. SPACE VIZZION accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.0 seconds to 60 mph).
“These are frankly exciting times,” said Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, on Wednesday at the L.A. Auto Show. “It is a crucial moment, but also a time of great opportunity.” It has always been the core of the Volkswagen brand to make technology available to many, Keogh said. Volkswagen is now implementing this in electric mobility.
This promise is to be fulfilled with vehicles such as the ID. SPACE VIZZION and the production version of the all-electric SUV ID. CROZZ, which is to be built at the Chattanooga plant. Volkswagen is investing 800 billion dollars in the production plant over the next years. “I love that we can bring electrified mobility to the masses,” said Scott Keogh.
Audi also presented a new e-vehicle at the L.A. Auto Show: the Audi e-tron Sportback, the second model in its e-tron series. The Audi e-tron Sportback combines the power of a spacious SUV with the elegance of a four-door coupé and the progressive character of an electric car. The Audi e-tron Sportback has an output of up to 300 kW and travels up to 446 kilometers (in WLTP cycle) with one battery charge (combined power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 26.3 - 21.6 (WLTP); 23.9 - 20.6 (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined in g/km*: 0).
In conjunction with the S line exterior and virtual exterior mirrors, the Audi e-tron Sportback achieves an outstanding drag coefficient value of only 0.25 Cd. A world first are its digital matrix LED headlamps, which are now available, as an optional extra, for the first time in large-scale production. The light is divided into tiny pixels and can be controlled with high precision. In narrow spaces it facilitates safe lane guidance and indicates the position of the vehicle in the lane.
- Porsche Taycan: 530 PS Power consumption combined 24.6 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km; 571 PS; power consumption combined 25.6 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km.
- ID. SPACE VIZZION: Study
- Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport: This vehicle is not for sale in Europe
- Audi e-tron Sportback 50 quattro: Power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26.3 - 21.6 (WLTP); 23.9 - 21.4 (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 0