Porsche diesels are officially dead
- In February this year, Porsche had discontinued all the diesel engined variants from its range. However, the German company at the time did not make it clear if it will introduce more diesel engined cars or not.
- However, Porsche has now made it official that it will no longer offer any diesel powertrain worldwide and will instead facilitate the development of its hybrid and electric technology.
- Since the infamous Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, diesel vehicle sales have been already declining worldwide. For Porsche – which is also a part of the Volkswagen Group – diesel vehicles accounted for only 12 per cent of its total global sales in 2017.
- “Porsche is not demonising diesel. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free. Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect”, said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.
- Porsche’s first all-electric sports car will be christened Taycan and it’s confirmed to be revealed in 2019. By 2025, Porsche is expected to hybridise a majority of its lineup.