Porsche Is Officially Ditching Diesel For Good

Porsche Is Officially Ditching Diesel For Good

In the US, diesel-powered Cayennes first arrived in 2013 but were pulled after parent-company Volkswagen admitted that its engines cheated emissions tests. In fact, Porsche says they have not offered a diesel option in its entire model lineup since February this year. "We as a sports vehicle manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free", says Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG.

Mr Blume added: "That also means that there will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future".

Porsche was forced by the regulator in May to recall nearly 60,000 Cayenne and Macan diesel cars because of illicit engine functions. More so, the German automaker hopes to have "every new Porsche vehicle" fitted with an electric drive - be it hybrid or purely electric.

However, the firm now says it will no longer offer diesel powertrains in the future, noting they account for just 12 percent of worldwide Porsche sales in 2017.

"Porsche is not demonising diesel".

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Porsche downplayed its role in the massive cheating scandal and said Audi supplied its diesel engines, but nonetheless complied with the wide-ranging order.

"Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered, Mr Blume said".

"We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves".

Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) Porsche will stop offering diesel versions of its cars, the unit said on Sunday, sharpening its focus on hybrid and battery-powered vehicles instead.

Porsche's existing diesel customers would continue to be served, he said. The new Taycan's manufacture process is claimed to be Carbon dioxide neutral and it's also said to be supplied with green electricity via an ultra-fast charging infrastructure spread over Europe.