Porsche Reportedly Ends Production Of Diesel-Powered Models

Porsche has reportedly ceased production of vehicles equipped with diesel engines.

Autocar reports the decision was made after the company decided against offering a new Cayenne Diesel. As a result, the automaker has reportedly phased out the Macan S Diesel and the Panamera 4S Diesel.

While there’s little doubt the dieselgate scandal played a role in the decision, a Porsche spokesperson said the move mirrors the “cultural shift” to more eco-friendly vehicles such as the Panamera plug-in hybrid and the upcoming Mission E.

The decision also appears to be linked to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) which replaces the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) in Europe. Porsche didn’t specifically mention this but Autocar believes the company decided against upgrading the Macan to make it comply with the new regulations.

Another factor working against the models were relatively small sales. Macan diesel sales only made up a “small portion” of overall Macan sales, while the Panamera diesel only accounted for about 15% of overall Panamera sales.

An insider suggested the elimination of diesel engines wasn’t necessarily permanent but Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has previously said “diesel is not so important for Porsche” because diesel-powered models only make up about 15 percent of the company’s global sales. The executive also noted diesel engines were mainly popular in Europe and they were sourced from other companies such as Audi.

Despite sounding pessimistic about diesels, Blume acknowledged a diesel engine is “very important” for Cayenne customers in Europe. However, others at Porsche have hinted the automaker wants to “start substituting diesel cars” with more eco-friendly options such as plug-in hybrids.

Update: It appears the reports of the diesel’s death has been greatly exaggerated. Car and Driver reports Porsche has clarified their original statement and confirmed plans for a new Cayenne Diesel. While they confirmed the “demand for diesel models is falling,” the automaker said this “does not mean a diesel exit at Porsche.”

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  • Shahul Usman

    a shocking revelation… to nobody lol..I think everyone is done with diesel now

  • LWOAP

    This doesn’t surprise me. Although it probably wasn’t a direct result of diesel gate, it definitely shifted people’s attitudes towards diesels and Porsche realized that. The relatively small sales numbers – small compared to the overall lineup – was just another reason to ditch them. Not sure if it’s permanent or temporary.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    I’m watching now a doc on Netflix called Dirty Money where people can understand why they made this decision.
    Watch it!!

    • TrevP

      Made me think of the same thing! Totally worth watching.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    it is going to have a relatively huge impact on Europeon people’s decision process of buying it.
    whether some others may think that hybrids/EVs can be replacing diesel,it is not totally true for a while.

    • SteersUright

      Have you seen European cities recently? Have you seen the smog situation in Paris and elsewhere? I think europeans are more done with diesels than just everyone other than the Chinese.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        environmentally i may agree with you but that was not my point. people STİLL find out diesels useful,efficient and driver friendly than any others.i intended to light this point up.
        buying hybrids and EVs are not a big deal for these people but infrastructure it is.

  • Lancia Fan

    Rewriting their history again. It’s funny how Porsche say they sourced their engines from Audi and VW and the scandle has nothing to do with them, yet when they started doing diesels they said diesel has always been part of their history all the way back to the tractors they built lol.

  • Vassilis

    Good.

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