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Porsche Passport lets you rent 22 different cars for $3,000 per month

Subscription-style access to cars is slowly growing in popularity, and Porsche is the latest automaker to take advantage of the trend.

Porsche Passport has a pretty straightforward premise — pay a set amount of money each month, and gain access to a library of Porsche vehicles that will be delivered right to your door for however long you want to drive it.

There are two tiers. The $2,000 per month “Launch” package lets you choose from eight different model variants, including the 718 Boxster and Cayman, Macan S and Cayenne. Spring for the $3,000 per month “Accelerate” package, and that expands to 22 variants, including the Panamera 4S, 911 Carrera S and Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

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Want a Cayenne during the week but a Cayman on the weekend? Easy peasy.


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In order to join, you have to download the Porsche Passport app and pay a one-time $500 activation fee. After a background and credit check, you’re in. The monthly premiums include tax, registration, insurance, maintenance and detailing. There’s apparently no limit to the number of swaps you can have in a given month, and there’s no mileage limitation, either.

Porsche Passport will start as a pilot program in the Atlanta area, since that’s where Porsche Cars North America is headquartered. Vehicle deliveries will begin in November, and will likely expand based on the pilot program’s success.

Porsche is not the first automaker to do something like this. Cadillac has its Book by Cadillac program, which costs $1,500 per month and includes high-end, Platinum-trim vehicles. Volvo is experimenting with something similar with its Care by Volvo plan, announced alongside the new XC40 SUV.

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Porsche’s compact SUV gets even more power and improved handling chops.

by Chris Paukert

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/porsche-passport-lets-you-rent-22-different-cars-for-3000-per-month/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

Mazda packs a double-concept punch in Tokyo

Mazda’s last major concept, the RX Vision, wowed the public with its long, low hood and aggressive form. Its next two concepts look to capture some of that same magic.

Mazda announced Tuesday that it will bring two brand new concepts to the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. The first is the silver model you see below. It looks like the RX Vision a bit, except it has four doors. Mazda promises the concept will highlight a “more profound expression” of the company’s current design language, which is what many concepts do, to be fair.

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If this is nothing more than a four-door RX Vision concept, I’ll still be happy.


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The other, a red hatchback, gives us a hint at something a bit more rooted in real life. This hatch likely gives us an early look at the next-generation Mazda3. That makes sense, considering it’s Mazda’s only hatchback that matches the concept’s proportions, and the concept will also rock the Skyactiv-X engine, which compresses gasoline like diesel instead of using a traditional combustion process. That engine is believed to make its debut in the next-gen Mazda3, so all the pieces fall into place here.

Mazda’s also got a few other tricks up its sleeve for the show. It’ll have the CX-8 on display, a three-row crossover with a more coupe-like rear end. It will also show off the Mazda MX-5 Red Top special edition, which has a dark red convertible top and auburn Nappa leather seats.

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Yep, that’s definitely a hatch.


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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/mazda-packs-a-double-concept-punch-in-tokyo/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

Van Hool electric bus could make commutes greener

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Commuter tech buses could soon run more quietly and cleanly on electric power.


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Google and other tech companies faced criticism that their contracted commuter buses created skyrocketing property costs in San Francisco. The companies pointed out that the buses actually relieve traffic and pollution, and soon they can add zero emissions and quiet running to their defense. Van Hool, the Belgian company that provides many of the buses used by tech companies, announced a new all-electric model, the CX45E.

The CX45E comes from a partnership between Van Hool and Proterra, the latter a California company that has developed a heavy-duty electric drivetrain for its own line of buses.

Currently, Van Hool’s CX45 model buses, which carry 56 passengers, use diesel engines from Cummins. These buses are used for charter operations around the US, and carry many tech workers between San Francisco and offices in the Bay Area. The buses have been a point of contention among activists, as they make it easier for employees to live an hour or more away from their places of work. 

Electric versions of these buses would not relieve pressure on the San Francisco housing market, but they would run more quietly than their diesel counterparts and significantly reduce pollution with zero tail pipe emissions. 

Although specific details of the CX45E model are unavailable at the time of this announcement, Proterra previously demonstrated that its own bus, using its electric drivetrain, could travel almost 1,100 miles on a single charge

Along with the CX45E, which enters the market in 2019, Van Hool said it would also produce a smaller electric bus, the CX35E, with production coming later. 

Van Hool has previously made city buses with electric drivetrains, but the CX45E is the first electric model designed for longer range travel.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/van-hool-electric-bus-could-make-tech-commutes-greener/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

Live the quasi-minivan life with the Toyota Tj Cruiser SUV concept

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/pictures/live-the-quasi-minivan-life-with-the-toyota-tj-cruiser-suv-concept/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

GM’s SURUS self-driving truck chassis could be a boon to disaster relief

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/pictures/gms-surus-self-driving-truck-chassis-could-be-a-boon-to-disaster-relief/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

2018 Toyota Century offers classic Japanese luxury with a hybrid twist

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/pictures/2018-toyota-century-offers-classic-japanese-luxury-with-a-hybrid-twist/#ftag=CAD7f780fb