Porsche cuts final diesel model from range

Marco Green
February 21, 2018

Officially this is the result of a "cultural shift" in Porsche customers, with their focus now on petrol and hybrid alternatives.

In the wake of Dieselgate and the more recent animal testing scandal, Porsche Europe has made a decision to nix the diesel engines in the Macan and Panamera, meaning no more Porsches will be available in oil-burner guise on the Continent.

In an official statement, Porsche said that the Macan S Diesel, the only such version of the brand's Range Rover Velar rival, has been "taken out of the production programme" as buyer demand moves towards petrol and hybrid versions.

Porsche is reportedly suing Audi, the Volkswagen Group member that supplied the diesel engines that the sports auto and SUV brand used for its diesel-engined models, for €200 million ($A314 million) as it tries to recover the cost of the scandal.

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".

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.

While the 2018 Panamera already offers two plug-in hybrid models and the 2019 Cayenne has been confirmed to follow suit, we could expect such a powertrain to be introduced on the upcoming 2019 Macan facelift.

Last year, only 15 percent of Porsche's global sales were diesel models, with the vast majority sold in Europe-the market where interest has lagged.

Of the three brands caught up in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal in the U.S., Porsche was by far the least affected. The brand now only has hybrid versions of the Cayenne SUV and Panamera grand tourer, which includes the flagship V8-engined, 500kW Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

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