Stuttgart brand’s Audi-engined models have been found to feature an emissions defeat device

Porsche has been asked by German automotive regulator KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) to recall 53,000 diesel-engined Macans and 6750 Cayennes running with emissions defeat devices in Europe.

The Audi-produced 3.0-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 diesel engines used by the Macan and Cayenne respectively were found to have lower emissions during lab testing, constituting a test cheat device — and linking the cars to the Dieselgate scandal.

A Porsche spokesman told Autocar that the company had "received recall notices from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) affecting Cayenne 4.2-litre V8 diesel and Macan 3.0-litre V6 diesel vehicles". The spokesman said "Porsche indicated that we were in consultation with the KBA regarding both of these models" in March and that now the findings of an internal investigation have encouraged development of a "software update".

Although Porsche is recalling 59,750 cars in Europe, some estimates suggest that more than twice that figure could be involved globally.

The spokesman continued: "Porsche does not develop or manufacture diesel engines itself. "However, as a vehicle manufacturer, Porsche accepts full responsibility towards its customers.

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"Independent of the technical solution, Porsche is continuing to carry out inspections of its vehicles internally and is making optimisations based on the findings of these inspections. In addition, the company is still working in close cooperation with the authorities, especially the KBA, in all matters."

Neither the Cayenne S Diesel (above) nor Macan S Diesel (top) is currently on sale. The Macan oil-burner was dropped along with the Panamera diesel earlier this year because of weak sales, while the latest-generation Cayenne diesel is not due out until next year.

Porsche has come under increasing pressure in recent months as part of continued investigations into the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal.

Earlier this year, one Porsche board member became a focus for German authorities. That person is one of three unnamed suspects involved, including an individual from a high management position and a former Porsche employee, who are thought to have known about the group's emissions cheat software.

Porsche's involvement in the scandal has so far been linked to its use of Audi diesel engines. VW Group CEO Herbert Diess recently admitted that his company has played a leading part in contributing to the recent demise of diesel. “As Europe’s biggest car maker, we need to break new ground for diesel engines," he said. "It's due in part to us that diesel has wrongfully fallen into disrepute."

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18 May 2018

Another one, are these not the latest EU6 compliant "new engines" from VW/Audi, the ones that have also been removed from sale in the A6/7? 

21 May 2018

At least VAG is consistent.  Which is to say you know what you're going to get - rubbish.

18 May 2018
You couldn't make it up if you tried. Could you!

18 May 2018

"It's due in part to us that diesel has wrongfully fallen into disrepute."...er, no quite rightfully it is wholly due to VAG that diesel fallen into disrepute.

18 May 2018

Is there a more evil company on earth than VAG?

18 May 2018

I expect it would include the v6 diesel on A4 Q5 as well, I wish i had not had the fix done ona Golf,problems wanting to regenerate ever since and fan been on ,even worse economy not the 42 to 44 mpg now 38 to 41 mpg from a 1.6 diesel official 64mpg .never buy Audi  should be Aldi VW or Porche again.

18 May 2018

  Seems logical that any other sub brand using VAG parts, Engines should be investigated as a matter of course, but then, they wouldn’t have had to resort to manipulation to meet impossible Co’2 targets.

Peter Cavellini.

19 May 2018

The simple reality is that making a Diesel run clean enough to be operated in cities is impossible at worst...impractical at best. The very best summary of the cheat that I have read is from Forbes last year. Have a read of this unbelievable story:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2017/07/22/dieselgate-product-of-vast-vw-bmw-daimler-car-cartel-conspiracy-fresh-report-says/#5c5efcb7ce83

19 May 2018

The simple reality is that making a Diesel run clean enough to be operated in cities is impossible at worst...impractical at best. The very best summary of the cheat that I have read is from Forbes last year. Have a read of this unbelievable story:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2017/07/22/dieselgate-product-of-vast-vw-bmw-daimler-car-cartel-conspiracy-fresh-report-says/#5c5efcb7ce83

21 May 2018

So, if I were to introduce a poison substance to the water supply that randomly and indiscriminately made children ill, leading, potentially to serious long-term health conditions or even death, when I was sentenced, I would rightly go down for life.  Apparently, though, if it's the air supply and you're VW group, it's completely excusable.

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