Rumours have been circulating this week about Porsche’s exit from the diesel market, however, the speculation appears to be premature. A statement from Porsche clears up the misunderstanding once and for all.
A spokesperson said “Traditionally, diesel engines have played a subordinate role at Porsche – the company 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. For example, the ratio for hybrid versions of the new Panamera in Europe is around 60 percent. In light of these facts Porsche has adapted its production planning. This decision means that Porsche currently does not offer any vehicles with diesel engines. However, it does not mean a diesel exit at Porsche. As announced, the new Cayenne is set to feature a diesel powertrain. The exact time of the market launch is not yet clear.”
So there we have it. The company may have discontinued the Macan and Panamera diesels for now, but diesel is certainly not dead at Porsche, and we look forward to the market launch of the derv-powered version of the Cayenne in due course.