Volkswagen's Porsche drops diesel in electric auto push

Gladys Abbott
September 24, 2018

Porsche downplayed its role in the massive cheating scandal and said Audi supplied its diesel engines, but nonetheless complied with the wide-ranging order. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate on "what we can do particularly well", citing high-performance gasoline models, hybrids and starting next year electric cars.

Porsche also offers diesel versions of the Macan and Panamera in some markets.

In 2017, just 12 per cent of Porsches sold worldwide were fitted with a diesel engine. Much like its parent company, Volkswagen, Porsche clearly states that diesel has its place in the industry; just not with a sports auto manufacturer. Recent court rulings in Germany stipulating that older diesel cars should be banned from certain areas have caused uncertainty among auto buyers.

Oliver Blume, Porsche's CEO, said that diesel remained an important technology, but said that it was largely secondary in the realm of sports cars, and noted that demand for diesel vehicles had been falling for some time. "The diesel crisis caused us a lot of trouble", said Blume.

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Some German cities have banned older diesel cars from their streets and the ongoing investigation into the diesel emission scandal continues. The company also assured current Porsche diesel owners it would continue to service them.

The sports carmaker is also introducing its first all-electric auto next year- the Taycan, the manufacture of which the company says is totally carbon neutral.

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

Regardless of the reasoning, Porsche's decision to end diesel cars may prompt other companies to do the same. In 2019, the Taycan - Porsche's first purely electric vehicle - will be making its debut.

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