What is Porsche up to next? Speculation is rife that the Volkswagen-owned company is in advanced stages of developing a smaller and sportier version of the Panamera, dubbed Pajun (short for Panamera Junior)
Fast lane - Smaller Panamera, Peugeot Supercar, Lotus Crossover The rumoured Pajun is supposed to be a smaller and sportier version of the Panamera. Or will it be a successor to the 928 (above)? -- PHOTO: PORSCHE

PANAMERA JUNIOR IN THE WORKS?

What is Porsche up to next? Speculation is rife that the Volkswagen-owned company is in advanced stages of developing a smaller and sportier version of the Panamera, dubbed Pajun (short for Panamera Junior).

Will it be a successor to the 928, which had a brief reign as Porsche's flagship model in the 1990s? Or will it be a saloon or a wagon? Whatever form it takes, Autocar reported that the car is likely to be an electric model - powered by lithium-ion batteries or hydrogen fuel cell batteries.

The UK car magazine reported that the Pajun may be out as early as 2017 and will match Tesla's Model S in power and range.

TESLA GOING INTO ENERGY INDUSTRY

American electric car maker Tesla has launched Tesla Energy - storage systems or batteries for homes, companies and utilities that will expand its business beyond electric vehicles and tap into a fast-growing area of the energy industry.

Reuters quoted chief executive Elon Musk saying the company's goal was to "fundamentally change the way the world uses energy on an extreme scale".

In Tesla's vision, such storage systems could become part of a fossil-fuel-free lifestyle in which people can have solar panels on their roofs generating electricity to power their homes and recharge their electric cars.

LOTUS PLANS CROSSOVER

Lotus will reportedly start making a crossover model targeted at Porsche's Macan from 2019. The Proton-owned company signed a joint venture with Chinese manufacturer Goldstar Heavy Industrial to make the Lotus Evora-based crossover in the world's largest SUV market, reported Autoblog.

Lotus has had ambitions to build a crossover since it unveiled its APX concept car in 2006. Of course, Lotus plans tend to remain plans. For instance, it has been planning to make an Esprit successor for nearly 20 years.

CONTINENTAL TO LAUNCH ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM

German automotive components maker Continental will soon introduce a new electric drive system that promises to boost electric vehicle performance and range. The system, which controls both the power as well as the energy recovery (recuperation), will enter series production in August.

WORLD'S FIRST FOUR-WHEEL SCOOTER


Swiss scooter maker Quadro claims the Quadro4 is the world's first four-wheel scooter. Fitted with a hydraulic tilting system that allows the wheel at each corner to optimise grip, it is said to be more agile than a two-wheeler.

Quadro4 is powered by a single-cylinder 346cc engine producing 27bhp and 25.2Nm of torque.

CAMERA TUNED TO EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM

Bosch has developed a stereo video camera with which an emergency braking system can function based solely on camera data. Such systems normally require a radar sensor or a combination of radar and video sensors. The new system is first seen in the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

NISSAN TOPS SUV SALES HERE


According to the latest Singapore Motor Traders Association figures, Nissan crossovers topped the SUV segment in the first quarter with 317 units sold, giving it a 26.7 per cent market share.

Its line-up includes the Juke, Qashqai, X-Trail and Murano. Mitsubishi and Subaru were runners-up with 255 and 248 units sold respectively.

The total SUV market, which includes some European brands, came up to 1,187 units.

PEUGEOT'S FANTASY SUPERCAR


This may be Peugeot's fantasy of a future supercar it would like to make. The Vision Gran Turismo is a 875bhp car weighing 875kg in the new GT6 video game, exclusive to PlayStation3.

The all-wheel-drive is said to be able to clock the century sprint in 1.73 seconds. It is powered by a midship V6 turbo 3.2-litre engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. Which means the driver of the virtual car must also be endowed with a very quick arm.