Porsche ends diesel run, all models electrified by 2025

Ann Santiago
September 24, 2018

Porsche will focus on gasoline, electric and hybrid vehicles because demand for diesel is declining, the Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

"It is and will remain an important propulsion technology", Oliver Blume said. We as a sports auto 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.

Basically, the cars would have one engine specification for testing and another, more polluting one for post-sale driving.

The move by the German auto 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. "Still, Porsche's image has suffered". In the US, diesel-powered Cayennes first arrived in 2013 but were pulled after parent-company Volkswagen admitted that its engines cheated emissions tests.

"Porsche doesn't condemn diesel. Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect".

The company was found to have cheated air pollution tests for 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, including 1.2 million in the UK.

Across the world, Porsche sold diesel versions of some of its cars for almost a decade.

The first vehicle ever designed by its founder, in 1898, was electric.

Regardless of the reasoning, Porsche's decision to end diesel cars may prompt other companies to do the same.

Blume's statement comes months after Porsche stopped taking orders for its diesel variants in February, roughly 10 years after its first diesel auto hit the roads.

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

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