Porsche drops diesel in electric car push

Lloyd Doyle
September 24, 2018

"It is and remains an important powertrain technology". The company hasn't had a diesel auto in its portfolio since February and hasn't offered a diesel model in the United States since November of 2015, a Porsche spokesperson told CNN.

Porsche is the first major German automaker to withdraw from the diesel market.

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.

However, the firm now says it will no longer offer diesel powertrains in the future, noting they account for just 12 percent of worldwide Porsche sales in 2017.

Sports vehicle maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and resulting urban driving bans. Of course, diesel isn't a popular choice for Porsche customers, accounting for only 15 percent of the automaker's sales. Tens of thousands of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models were affected by the massive scandal, which eventually cost Volkswagen billions.

The Porsche chief conceded the step was a result of the three-year-old "dieselgate" scandal at Volkswagen. Mueller was ousted as VW CEO in April after his efforts to restart the company largely stalled. Recent court rulings in Germany stipulating that older diesel cars should be banned from certain areas have caused uncertainty among vehicle buyers.

"We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves", Blume told the paper. Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered.

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