Nissan upgrades its X-Trail SUV with ProPilot

It is hoped the latest Nissan X-Trail reinforces its position as a car for family adventures.
Updated 07 October 2017
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Nissan upgrades its X-Trail SUV with ProPilot

LONDON: The Nissan X-Trail, one of the world’s best-selling SUVs, is now available with a range of upgrades aimed at enhancing its quality and refinement.
The changes include a redesign of the exterior, a new interior packed with new features, additional practicality for owners and innovative new technologies to make life on the road safer.
For drivers seeking new levels of flexibility and greater freedom when they want it, the new Nissan X-Trail will be available with ProPilot autonomous drive technology.
The new additions to X-Trail are based on consumer insight and customer feedback, and it is hoped they reinforce the X-Trail’s position as a great car for family adventures.
Philippe Saillard, Nissan Europe’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, commented: “Demand for crossovers is growing all the time, and for the Nissan X-Trail to be the number one for global sales is a huge honor. With these enhancements, the new X-Trail is delivering more of what our customers want.”


Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

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Updated 13 April 2018
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Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.
Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.
Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.
The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.
Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler , Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.