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Porsche Reportedly Ends Production Of Diesel-Powered Models

Porsche Reportedly Ends Production Of Diesel-Powered Models

The Macan was the last vehicle in Porsche's range to feature diesel power: the Cayenne SUV had its diesel engines dropped when the latest model arrived in 2017, while the Panamera 4S Diesel was removed from sale earlier this year.

But, just as the Cayenne SUV changed minds (well, most minds) as it became a cash cow, once everyone got used to Porsche delivering cars with a (VW) diesel engine, business buyers, in particular, lapped it up for its strong performance and more efficient tax breaks.

"Diesel engines traditionally play a subordinate role at Porsche", the vehicle maker said in a statement released overnight.

Porsche in recent months has been in the midst of internal talks regarding the future of diesel engines within its own lineup.

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". "Porsche does not develop or build diesel engines itself".

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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.

It won't be a huge blow to Porsche though, as diesel sales make up just 15 percent of the global total sales figure. 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.

An inside source told Autocar that the current lack of diesel cars in its range doesn't "mean Porsche has made a decision to stop all diesel models" forever.

The results of this electric focus will produce the Mission E next year, while a hybrid version of the 992-generation 911 is also due in 2019.

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