Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines

Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines

Diesel has never been a major part of Porsche's portfolio.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said, "Porsche is not demonising diesel".

The German manufacturer says it'll concentrate on petrol, electric and hybrid engines.

Porsche has officially announced that it will no longer offer diesel vehicles.

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It follows the emissions scandal involving parent company Volkswagen which admitted cheating emissions tests for diesel cars.

For Porsche, diesel sales were only a small fraction of its overall sales.

Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel was ditched in February Porsche will launch its first electric sports car the Taycan next year Close

"The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble", Blume said, months after Germany's Federal Transport Authority ordered the recall of almost 60,000 Porsche SUVs in Europe.

The move by the German vehicle maker, which offered diesel options only in its family-focused Cayenne, Panamera and Macan models, follows a collapse in demand since 2015 when parent company Volkswagen was caught installing so-called "defeat devices" to dupe emissions tests. Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered. The diesel engine is aimed at a different driving experience.

Porsche is understood to be developing a fully-electric luxury auto, with a multi-billion euro investment.

Porsche has sold diesel versions of its cars for almost a decade.

Asked about this, Blume said: "In the individual case of the 8-cylinder Cayenne EU5, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has declared an engine charge control as not being in line with the law. The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble", Blume said in a separate interview with weekly Bild am Sonntag.

Porsche AG will stop offering diesel versions of its cars, marking the latest blow for the technology that has come under intense scrutiny by regulators and environmental groups.

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