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Self-driving cars are going to be the future of mobility. That is, for everyone but Porsche.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed that the performance carmaker does not plan to develop an autonomous car.
Despite not wanting to offer a self-driving car, Porsche is still investing in both plug-in hybrids and fully electric models. A plug-in hybrid 911 with an all-electric range of 31 miles will be on sale as soon as 2018.
Moreover, Porsche’s board approved the Mission E Tesla-fighting sedan late last year. The car, which will cost Porsche around $1.1 million to develop, will have a range of around 310 miles and do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
It’s true that those who buy Porsches enjoy driving … but cars like the mid-size Macan crossover prove that not everyone wants a driver’s Porsche, but rather just a car from the Porsche brand.
Even Cadillac, which has famously turned its eye toward more driver-centric cars in recent years, is embracing autonomy and believes that driving passion and self-driving cars can co-exist.