Porsche Has Officially Stopped Building Diesel Vehicles

Porsche axes diesel models in shift toward hybrid electric vehicles

Porsche axes diesel models in shift toward hybrid electric vehicles

In a bid to intensify its focus on hybrid drive and electrification, Porsche has announced that it will no longer offer diesel propulsion for its entire vehicle range.

"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".

CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology.

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Diesel versions of cars like the brand's Cayenne and Macan sports utility vehicles accounted for 12 percent of global sales previous year, according to the statement. According to the brand, interest in hybrid models is already taking off. 63 per cent of the Panameras sold in Europe, for example, are hybrid models.

Currently Porsche offers three models of diesel vehicles in Australia - the Cayenne and Macan SUVs, and the Panamera sedan - with the Cayenne and Panamera also offered as plug-in hybrids. Porsche was forced by the regulator in May to recall nearly 60,000 Cayenne and Macan diesel cars because of illicit engine functions.

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