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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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Snake Pass is one of England's most beloved driving roads.

Britain's Snake Pass takes you though some of England's most scenic topography, curving in and out of the Derbyshire region of the Peak District. The weather there isn't always favorable - it's frequently closed due to snow or flooding - but when it's open, and you have the right car, it's a driver's dream.

The road has a rich history. It was opened as a toll road in the early 1800s and remained as such until the 1870s. It was the primary route between Sheffield and Manchester until the 1980s.

Porsche recently traced the route using its free-to-download Roads by Porsche app, which gives drivers the means of finding the best roads to travel. The route was recently voted onto the app by fans of the roadway.

Snake Pass Porche Cayman 718 Porsche recently test drove the road, which was added to its Roads app by fans.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The preferred route starts east of Glossop, a town just outside of Manchester. All 11 miles of the path are in a national park. Fro Glossop, the roadway climbs into the Pennine Hills reaching 1,680 feet above sea level at the point the route passes Pennine Way. A public house, the Snake Pass Inn, sits nearby. The road passes just north of Kinder Scout, the highest point in England, and through the towns of Knowsley, St. Helens, and Warrington.

The winding scenic roads naturally draws comparisons to Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, which runs along the Oregon and Idaho boarder. The U.S. route offers some of the most breathtaking views roadway views you can get in the country, and provides plenty of technical driving opportunities.

Traversing Snake Pass is technically tough. There are plenty of hazardous bends and blind summits. Fog rolls in quickly at times. Cyclists, professional and far from it, compete for roadway.

Porsche Cayman 718 at Snake Pass

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On the flip side, the road offers perhaps the best views of the Manchester area you'll ever see. The scenery goes from moorland to forest to flatland as well.

But, you won't be able to look long because of the road's perils.

Once through the forest, the road opens up again as you near Sheffield. Drystone walls feature while sheep politely munch their lunch nearby. The route draws to a close at Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton but there's the option to continue. The A57 carries drivers on to Sheffield, dispersing them to the cities near and far via any number of more major motorways.

Or, you could turn around and traverse it once again. It's only 11 miles, after all.

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The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will go into production this summer.

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Right before Christmas, Chevrolet showed off the new headlights it's created for the forthcoming 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Now it's time for another bit of news regarding the model.

The Bolt EUV will be the first Chevrolet offered with Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance system that allows for advanced computer-lead driving on over 200,000 miles of North America roads.

Chevy's newest Bolt will join the already-on-sale Bolt EV, the all-electric car slash hatchback slash crossover that we've come accustomed to seeing on the road (in some parts of the country). The Bolt EUV is expected to be more crossover-like and less car-like. The Bolt EV is expected to get a refresh for the 2022 model year with looks to match the EUV.

The 2022 Bolt's EUV lighting signature features a sequential front turn signal and LED daytime running light. The video was first shared on TikTok by automotive content creator Pushing Pistons.

The company hasn't let much information about the model slip, but the automotive universe is rife with speculation. The Bolt EUV teaser released by Chevy earlier this year makes the vehicle look a lot like the Buick Velite 7. The what? You've probably never heard of the model because it's built for the Chinese market, but it's an electric SUV in the General Motors portfolio that could be rebadged as a Bolt EUV for America. It wouldn't be unprecedented.

Despite low adoption rates for electric vehicles nationwide, sales of the Bolt EV were up in the third quarter of 2020, to 5,682 from 4,830 in 2019.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Chevrolet teased the 2022 Bolt EUV by revealing new blade-like headlights late last year. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Bolt EUV is part of a larger electrified product portfolio General Motors is expected to offer. The company recently detailed their vehicle plans by brand.

General Motors will begin production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV this summer.

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