- Porsche Macan – Fuss about strange behavior
- How the new Macan is built
- BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque more sovereign
- Are the BMW foursome the better threesome?
- These are Germany’s most popular SUVs
- Reaction of the Macan "not critical"
- Even more power for the Cayenne
- According to type approval, a variant of the Audi Q5
- This SUV looks very different
Porsche Macan – Fuss about strange behavior
The Swedish magazine "Teknikens Varld" made a moose test with the Porsche Macan and then expressed criticism
A Swedish trade journal subjected the SUV to an extreme test. The Macan didn’t tip over, but it was noticed. Porsche sees no need for action. The brand has a reputation to lose.
E.s is a kind of seal of approval. On the website of the Swedish auto trade magazine “Teknikens Varld”, in the “algtest” category, there is a long list of vehicles that have completed the infamous “moose test” since the early 2000s. Including several Porsche 911s, representatives of the 996 and 997 series, which passed the course with a record of 82 km / h.
Now a model from the Swabian sports car manufacturer in Sweden attracted a bit of attention. The testers found the Macan Diesel to have “strange driving behavior”; according to Porsche, however, a “conscious reaction” to prevent the rear end from breaking away.
How the new Macan is built
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The Porsche Macan does its laps on the test track next to the visitor center of the Porsche factory in Leipzig. there …
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… the Macan is also built, it was created for manufacturing …
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… 1500 new jobs, even if that in the robot-assisted …
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… Body production doesn’t look like it.
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But the 500 million euros were not only invested in new machines, people actually have to do with Macan production – these two workers prepare it… The hood of the car is ready for further processing.
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In the paint shop, of course, there is no one there again, that would also be too dangerous.
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However, the human eye is helpful during the final inspection of the painted body.
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When the expansion of the Leipzig plant opened (February 11, 2014), Porsche boss Matthias Muller not only sat in the Macan, but also tried it out …
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… Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) also received. Maybe you talked about the scarce capacity in Leipzig: Porsche initially has the construction of only 50,000 Ma…can be scheduled per year.
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The car is torn from the dealers’ hands. In the current issue of the “Auto Bild Allrad” magazine, a reader complains that he put a J on a Macan Diesel…ahr should wait.
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The interior of the Macan is typically Porsche: very good workmanship, rising center console with many buttons, ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.
The moose test is a test drive under extreme conditions. It simulates the sudden veering into the opposite lane in order to avoid a wild animal, a pedestrian or an object suddenly appearing on the lane – and the counter-movement back to the right in the original lane. In 1997 the moose test achieved spectacular fame: when the Mercedes A-Class, which was about to be launched on the market, lined up and then toppled onto the roof.
When "Teknikens Varld" head tester Linus Projtz drove the new Porsche Macan in the version with the 258 hp V6 diesel towards the slalom course, he probably didn’t think anything bad at first; After all, Porsche enjoys the nimbus of always being the yardstick for the competition when it comes to chassis matters.
BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque more sovereign
But when Projtz steered the Cayenne’s little brother, loaded with five people and luggage up to the gross vehicle weight limit, into the evasive alley that was three meters to the left, the left front wheel suddenly blocked for a short time, which “completely surprised” him. The rear of the Cayenne’s little brother did not break away, let alone lift a "leg" or even tilted like the A-Class once did. However, as a result of the blockage, he pushed straight ahead for a short time before Projtz was able to counter-steer to the right into the second lane at a speed of 69 km / h.
Are the BMW foursome the better threesome?
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Very dynamically drawn, powerfully motorized, extremely sporty and expensive – this is how the Porsche Macan messed up the top league of compact SUVs almost overnight…he brought and pushed the BMW X3 from the image throne. But Bayern did not give up pole position without a fight and are now fighting back with the X4.
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Since July, the little brother of the X6 has been offering the attractive and sporty alternative to the X3 at prices starting at 46,100 euros.
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With the X4, BMW relies on a gorgeous shape. “Because where the X3 primarily appeals to rational customers, with this vehicle we want to reach all those buyers who are in favor of the design…n inspire ”, says product manager Richard Jacobi.
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The X4 has become a low-rise model, based on the model of the extremely successful X6. And although it lacks nothing in terms of presence and conciseness, the X4 doesn’t look as ostentatious and provocative for a long time…ozating like its big brother.
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It also demonstrates a surprising number of practical qualities. As a driver, you can hardly see anything and are grateful for the many cameras that BMW has installed and on the …Screen composed for a bird’s eye view. But once you have dived under the narrow door cutout, you can sit quite neatly on the back seat at 1.80 meters, the trunk holds 500 to 1400 liters and the huge tailgate is amazingly handy if you let it open with the standard electric aid or ordered the gesture control, which is subject to a surcharge, and where a slight kick is sufficient.
Not very flattering for Porsche: According to the testers, the competitors BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque, measured on the same day and under the same conditions, were not only significantly faster at 74 and 75 km / h, but also safer, according to Projtz: I have never seen a car with this magazine for almost 15 years with such an abrupt brake intervention. "
Porsche’s (public) reaction to the news from Sweden was barely 48 hours in coming. Company spokesman Hermann-Josef Stappen called the blocking, which was clearly visible on the video published by "Teknikens Varld", "a deliberate intervention to prevent the vehicle from tipping over."
These are Germany’s most popular SUVs
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In first place, who might be surprised, is the VW Tiguan, for which the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) registered 57,838 new registrations last year. That’s more than …
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… twice as many as the Nissan Qashqai brought in in second place: 26,710. Strictly speaking, the Qashqai pictured here did not achieve any success in 2013 because it did so in the past…A year has not yet existed – but here, as in all the other pictures, we always show the latest model in a series.
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The Audi Q3, here in its 310 hp top RS version, won the bronze medal in 2013 with 25,379 new registrations in Germany. Just behind …
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… is the BMW X1 with 23,649 units. Like the three models in front of it, it is one of the compact SUVs, and the same applies to them …
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… Number five, the Skoda Yeti, even if at first glance it looks bigger and more massive. The term compact SUV is unfortunately not clearly defined, including cars from …Hit one …
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… Audi Q5 (sixth place with 20,937 new registrations) are referred to as compact SUVs – because they are one size smaller than, for example, the Audi Q7, BMW X5 or Mercedes ML (the naturally… does not appear in the top ten). Comparable to the Q5 …
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… the BMW X3 again in seventh place; it was newly registered 20,800 times in Germany in 2013. First on place …
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…eight emerges with the Opel Mokka, the first SUV to be built on a small car platform. 19,610 new registrations mean a great success, as this SUV variety is still quite good …new is.
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In ninth place is the Hyundai ix35 (19,254 new registrations), another compact SUV in the Tiguan class. The good ranking is a sign of the strength of the Korean brand.
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The Ford Kuga, also in competition with the VW Tiguan, closes this top ten list with 18,616 new registrations last year. Incidentally, the first large SUV is on P…latz 15: It is the Mercedes M-Class with 12,129 new registrations.
The system called Active Rollover Prevention (ARP) prevents unstable driving conditions such as the rear breaking out, tipping over or a tire peeling off. The brief blocking – Porsche speaks of a maximum of 300 milliseconds – and the resulting straight-ahead pushing is expressly desired in such a highly dynamic driving maneuver to increase driving safety..
The strength of the intervention is also dependent on the driving and steering angle speed, so Stappen. "The driving style of, Teknikens Varld‘ was very demanding, especially the very abrupt turn in which this safety function was triggered. "
Reaction of the Macan "not critical"
According to Stappen, Porsche does not consider the driving condition brought about by the Swedish testers "critical" and refers to positive evasive tests by German specialist magazines with the Macan. “The directional stability is maintained through this short intervention, the lateral offset is only very small. The lane change can – as seen in the video – be terminated in a stable and secure manner. Tilting or breaking out of the rear in this situation would be more critical for the driver, ”concludes the statement from Zuffenhausen.
Despite these placid comments, “Technikens Varld” tester Linus Projtz is curious to see whether Porsche will reprogram the system in the near future. Which would lead to a less hectic and harsh procedure. "We will continue to test the Macan and see whether anything changes there in the future," he announced.
Even more power for the Cayenne
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The facelift of the second generation, which has been built since 2010, is available to customers in five variants, including a plug-in hybrid.
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Visually, the largest Porsche with a redesigned bow looks like its little brother, the new Macan. The air fins on the right and left of the F, known as Airblades, are new…front of the vehicle that guide the cooling air.
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Bi-xenon headlights with the typical Porsche four-point LED daytime running lights are now standard, and the Cayenne Turbo always has LED main headlights on board.
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At the rear, the designers restructured the horizontal lines, the brake lights are shaped differently and the tailpipes are integrated into the lower part of the rear so that the Cayenne still remains… looks wider.
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The new multifunction leather steering wheel has shift paddles for the eight-speed automatic. On request and at an additional cost, the rear seats can now also be ventilated.
But Porsche has no need to act at first: "We see no reason to change anything in the programming of the Macan driving safety systems based on the Swedish test," said Spokesman Stappen. “We are constantly working to ensure that systems regulate even more gently and sensitively. The Macan will certainly benefit from this, but not immediately, but rather when the model is revised. "
The Macan, launched at the beginning of 2014 as the fifth Porsche series and built in the Leipzig plant, is generally regarded as the platform brother of the Audi Q5. It shares only about a third of all parts with the Ingolstadt SUV counterpart. Among other things, the Swabians have developed their own all-wheel drive that better emphasizes the rear-wheel drive character of a Porsche.
According to type approval, a variant of the Audi Q5
The two vehicles also differ fundamentally in the exterior and interior design, the braking system and the petrol engines. There is even an optional air suspension on offer – no other vehicle has that in the segment also loaded by the Mercedes GLK. Only the axles and the V6 diesel – to name the largest components – come from the Audi shelf.
This SUV looks very different
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The 4.63 meter long Lexus NX is the brand’s long-awaited statement in the field of …
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… Mid-range SUVs. The NX is also in line with the strategy of Toyota’s noble subsidiary brand Lexus …
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… equipped with hybrid drive. The 197 hp drive combination of four-cylinder petrol and electric motor only brings the car to 180 km / h. For that one has …
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… it is furnished very elegantly inside, and who the …
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… If you want to fold down the backrests, you can even get help from an electric motor.
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The Lexus NX will be on sale from October 2014, with prices starting at just under 40,000 euros.
As much as Porsche emphasizes independence – from a legal point of view, the Macan is nothing more than a variant of the Audi Q5. Because he takes over its official type approval. With this move, Porsche frees itself from the obligation of having to replace the R134a refrigerant used for the air conditioning with the more environmentally friendly R1234yf.
Because, according to the EU regulation, all vehicles registered from January 1, 2011 must be equipped with a new type number; after a transition period from January 2017, all new models coming onto the market.
In addition to safety concerns – Daimler considers the new coolant to be "highly dangerous" in the event of leaks and is therefore still in legal dispute with the EU – financial aspects may also play a role in this loophole: the new refrigerant gas is around 15 times more expensive than the old one.
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