Porsche Officially Ends Production of Diesel Models
Although Volkswagen has been the face of the diesel scandal, other automakers within the Volkswagen Group have faced consequences. Porsche has released an official statement saying the Macan S Diesel has been taken out of production, citing buyer demand for gasoline and hybrid variants. The Macan S Diesel and the Panamera 4S Diesel were the last remaining diesel models in the company’s lineup, and both have now been axed.
Porsche began offering diesel engines in 2009 with the Cayenne. But when the new Cayenne was introduced last year, it was noticeably missing a diesel variant. A Porsche spokesman told Autocar the move mirrors the “cultural shift” of the brand’s customers. The company said the diesel Panamera model accounted for 15 percent of global sales last year, while gasoline engines accounted for 35 percent and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was the remaining 50 percent. Coincidentally, Porsche boss Oliver Blume also told Autocar that “diesel is not so important for Porsche,” accounting for 15 percent of overall, worldwide sales.
An inside source did tell Autocar this doesn’t mean Porsche will stop making diesel vehicles forever. But with how much the German automaker is investing into electrification, it would be surprising to see a diesel model show back up in the lineup in the future.
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