Cayenne line director tells Arab News: ‘We wanted to keep the genes but add a modern interpretation’

Stefan Fegg: The Cayenne has many 911 components.
Updated 11 November 2017
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Cayenne line director tells Arab News: ‘We wanted to keep the genes but add a modern interpretation’

The Cayenne has proved itself in the test drive to be a superior road-going SUV with power, agility and premium-quality drive. But how capable is the car off-road, especially when other traditional 4X4 companies claim that they are superior in off-road driving?
Stefan Fegg, Cayenne line director, explained the off-road capabilities of the new Cayenne in an exclusive interview with Arab News. He joked that during testing in dunes near Dubai, the car pulled another well-known brand of 4X4 vehicle out of the sand.
Instead of high and low fixed gears, Porsche has used the latest technology to enhance the off-road capabilities of the Cayenne. The three-chamber air suspension works with the low gears and multi-clutch system to distribute torque to the wheels. “This gives the vehicle an ideal propulsive power on every terrain,” he said. He said that the Cayenne won prizes in Germany for the best off-roader and also for best on the racing track. The Cayenne has many Porsche 911 components.
Fegg said that the first challenge when designing the third-generation Cayenne was to think about what people wanted from the car during its life cycle, which is about seven years ahead. “We also wanted to keep the genes of the Cayenne but add a modern interpretation and increase performance through reduction of weight and better engines. One challenge was to modernize connectivity in the car as this is an important requirement for many Cayenne buyers.”
In the future the Cayenne range will include a diesel, a plug-in hybrid and at the end of the cycle, a GTS. Fegg believes that sales of the third generation will exceed that of the second generation but the official view aims for a similar sales figure of 500,000 units over its lifespan.


Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. (AP)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla on Monday confirmed that the head of Model 3 production, who went on leave after chief executive Elon Musk took over his duties, will not be returning.
The departure of engineering senior vice president Doug Field came as California-based Tesla appeared to have finally hit a self-imposed goal of cranking out 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in a week.
Tesla co-founder Musk fired off a Twitter post over the weekend saying “7,000 cars, 7 days.”
In a note to investors on Monday, Analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities said that in the preceding week, Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles.
Tesla has been under pressure to increase production to show it can operate profitably and at the kind of scale needed to be considered a major auto company.
Musk has been managing the Tesla production line, which has been rejiggered to pump out cars faster.
Field will not be returning to the company, according to Tesla.
“After almost five years at Tesla, Doug Field is moving on,” a company spokesman told AFP.
“We’d like to thank Doug for his hard work over the years and for everything he has done for Tesla.”
Tesla announced in June that it was cutting nine percent of its workforce to enhance profitability, but said the move would not affect an ambitious production ramp-up of its Model 3 sedan.
The job cuts are part of a company-wide restructuring to address excess staff in some areas due to the company’s speedy growth, Musk said in an email to employees.
The cuts concern salaried staff but not production workers and will not affect Model 3 output targets, said Musk, who characterized the downsizing as an acknowledgement of the need to focus more on costs.
“Given that Tesla has never made an annual profit in the almost 15 years since we have existed, profit is obviously not what motivates us,” Musk said in the message.
“What drives us is our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable, clean energy, but we will never achieve that mission unless we eventually demonstrate that we can be sustainably profitable.”
Shares of Tesla closed the formal trading day down 2.3 percent to $335.07 but regained some of that ground in after-market trades.