Did you know Porsche has dropped diesel engines from its entire range?
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Porsche has ended production of all of its diesel-powered models in light of growing consumer scepticism over such vehicles and a growing interest in hybrid and pure electric technology.
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 just nine years after its first oil-burner hit the market.
The announcement follows an internal decision by the German sports car maker to put a stop to production of diesel engines, which means that the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel models will no longer be available to buy once stocks run out. That said, the company has made clear that the latest decision doesn’t mean that it will never build a diesel engine again in the future, just that the business case for the fuel currently doesn’t stack up.
The firm is set to launch its Mission E all-electric saloon in in 2019 – that car is the first of a wave of electric models in a bid by the Volkswagen Group to try and rehabilitate its image in the wake of a costly Dieselgate scandal that has rocked the global car industry and possibly put an end to the viability of diesel in the medium term.