Porsche ends all diesel cars

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Porsche has officially ended production of all diesel cars in the face of changing customer demand and forthcoming stricter emissions tests. In a move that a Porsche spokesman said mirrors the “cultural shift” of the brand’s customers, the German manufacturer has discontinued its last two diesel models, the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel. The cull comes after the brand chose not the launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine and had continued silent on its market outline. The original Cayenne was the first modern Porsche to offer diesel power when it went on sale in 2002.

In an official statement, Porsche said that the Macan S Diesel, has been “taken out of the production programme” as buyer demand moves towards hybrid and petrol versions. The brand revealed that the diesel’s removal was also linked to “another software update” that has been subject to an “ongoing consultation with the authorities”. While not directly approving it, this proposes that like with BMW and its F80 M3, Porsche has decided against re-engineering the Macan S Diesel to conform to the new International Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) standards.

Such a move highlights the shrinking demand for the model, which a Porsche UK spokesman said represented a small portion of the SUV’s 97,000 global sales from 2017. The same justification was given for the demise of the Panamera 4S Diesel, which was removed from Porsche’s ranks during the luxury car’s range update at the start of the year. Porsche said the change was linked to falling request for the variant, which accounted for 15 % of the Panamera’s 11,000 global sales in 2017. Petrol versions accounted for 35 percent, while the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid accounted for 50 percent. Porsche boss Oliver Blume told that “diesel isn’t so significant for Porsche”, revealing that diesel sales made up just 15 % of Porsche’s total international sales, mostly in Europe. Unlike its petrol engines, Porsche never progressive its own diesel power plants, instead sourcing them from elsewhere within the Volkswagen Group. Porsche halted investment in diesel last year, shifting much of its R&D focus to electrification.