Porsche Discontinues All Current Diesel Variants From Line-Up
German luxury automaker Porsche has officially ended production of all current diesel vehicles from its product line-up. The reason behind this decision is the changing consumer demand and lower demand for diesel models in Europe. The discontinued models include the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel. The automaker produces diesel powered models for the Panamera, Cayenne and the Macan crossover, when the new generation of Porsche Cayenne was introduced last year, it decided not to introduce a diesel powered model for the car.
A statement released by Porsche says, ‘‘Diesel engines traditionally play a subordinate role at Porsche. Porsche does not develop or build diesel engines itself. Currently, the demand for diesel models is falling, whereas interest in hybrid and petrol models is increasing significantly. In light of these facts as well as the ongoing consultation with the authorities in relation to another software update, Porsche has made changes to its production planning and has set the End-of-Production date for the Macan S Diesel to 15 February 2018. This decision means that all orders for the vehicle type Macan S Diesel have already been taken out of the production program.”
However, some reports in the market suggest that the cost of re-engineering a diesel engine for the Macan S to meet the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) standard and deliver Porsche performance is behind the move. Also, according to the company, diesel is not 'so important' for Porsche because diesel sales make up just 15% of its worldwide sales, especially in Europe. But there is also a catch, as Porsche also states that the current changes do not mean it will not offer any vehicles with diesel engines in the future as the next gen Cayenne is all set to feature a diesel motor.
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