In-Car Tech

Next-gen Porsche Classic Communication Management system adds modern tech to classic cars

The car's 2-DIN system offers a 7-inch touch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The Porsche Classic Management System (PCMS) brings many of the features of the company's current infotainment system to classic cars, in a way that doesn't detract from the vintage aesthetic of the model. The new system is designed to fit into spot where traditional head units were located in classic cars.

The black surface finish and the shape of the knobs give the module a vintage look. It also has a Porsche logo that is suitable for sports car generations between the first 911 models of the 1960s and the 911 (993).

The 1-DIN system slips into the classic radio positioning on the dashboard.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche is offering the new, next-gen model of the PCMS system in 1-DIN or 2-DIN dimensions. They both offer a high-resolution touch screen, DAB+, Apple CarPlay, and navigation. Media playback is available via SD card, USB, AUX, and Bluetooth as well.

Users operate the PCMS in 1-Din via two rotary knobs, six integrated buttons, and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display. This next-gen model uses "Point of Interest" navigation search functionality. Route guidance is delivered via an arrow in a two- or three-dimensional view.

Like the predecessor model, it includes a navigation function with "Point of Interest" search in an enhanced version. Route guidance optionally takes place as a simple arrow representation in a 2D or 3D view. The corresponding map material is provided on a separate SD card, which can also be ordered in the Porsche Classic online shop or through a Porsche centre.

Owners of Porsche 911 (996) models may have a vehicle that is already equipped with a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system in 2-DIN format. For those owners Porsche has developed the Porsche Classic Communication Plus system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen display. With the PCCM Plus, the car's amplifier, loudspeakers, or antenna can still be used. Navigation displays on the instrument cluster continue to be supported. In addition to having the same functionality as the 1-DIN system, the unit is compatible with Android Auto.

The new PCCM systems can be ordered via the Porsche Classic online shop or through the Porsche Centre. Installation in a Porsche dealer is recommended.

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Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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Owners of 2020 and 2021 model year Infiniti vehicles will be eligible.

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Apple CarPlay is a great feature that can add maps, streaming audio, and voice controls to even base model vehicles that would otherwise lack such technology. It also offers a standardized interface that works similarly to a smartphone's built-in software, so there's no confusion about how to operate the system. Until recently, users had to have their phones physically tethered to the vehicle with a wired connection, but many automakers have begun offering wireless connectivity. Infiniti is one of them, but in an unusual step, the company says that it will upgrade older model year vehicles with the technology at no cost.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay The upgrades will be free for owners.Infiniti

This means that if you own a 2020 or 2021 Q50, Q60, QX50, or QX80, you are eligible for the upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay became available for Infiniti vehicles starting with the 2022 model year, so it's a new feature for the automaker. The first model to support the feature was the 2022 QX55 and the new 2022 QX80 will offer the tech with its 12.3-inch touchscreen system. The 2022 Q50 and Q60 will both leave the factory with the feature, as will the upcoming QX60.

It's unclear how or if the upgrade will affect other vehicle systems, but it's a worthy move for anyone who owns a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti vehicle, if only to boost resale value down the road. Cars such as the 2021 Q50 came standard with a dual-screen infotainment system and wired Apple CarPlay, so the ability to go wireless would be a big bonus for some drivers.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay Owners have until March 31, 2022 to complete the upgrade.Infiniti

If you own a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti model, you have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade. Infiniti says its dealers will perform the update at no cost to owners, so make your appointments now. The automaker has not announced plans to offer wireless Android Auto.

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