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German manufacturer hasn't offered a diesel-powered machine since February, and will now focus on hybrids and EVs

Porsche has confirmed that it will no longer offer diesel-powered versions of any of its models, with company chief Oliver Blume saying the firm will instead intensify development of hybrid and electrified technology.

Autocar revealed in February that the firm had discontinued its only two diesel models, the Porsche Macan S Diesel and Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel, due to a fall in customer demand and the introduction of stricter emissions tests. At the time, Porsche said that didn’t mean it had “decided to stop all diesel models” forever.

However, the company now says it will no longer offer diesel powertrains in the future, noting they accounted for just 12% of worldwide Porsche sales in 2017.

“Porsche is not demonising diesel,” said Blume. “It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free. Naturally, we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect.”

Porsche is gearing up to launch the Taycan electric sports car next year, and says that by 2025 “every second new Porsche vehicle could have an electric drive”, meaning a hybrid or full electric powertrain.

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Sundym 24 September 2018

Real world

Has anyone read any real world reports on real mpg on hybrids , apart from the prius and niro, none of them are any good . Which begs the question what about global warming which was because of increased CO2, if our cars need more fuel then we are all stuffed ? Surely if the newest diesels are as clean as petrol but produce far better mpg then we are going down the wrong road . My nephew (Not a petrol head ) has a Merc 300h , lives in a tenement has no access to charging and gets 20-30mpg because he's dragging a huge dead battery pack along everywhere. That's the reality for a lot of people .
xxxx 24 September 2018

Merc 300h getting 20 mpg

Why buy a plug-in when you can't plug it in? 

That's as bad a choice as all those people who bought small diesel cars to use in the city for 10,000 miles a year.  

"That's the reality for a lot of people " not the sensible ones!

Sundym 24 September 2018

Agreed xxxx

It's the same as all the stupid people buying small cars with diesel engines and having huge problems with the filters as they drive them round towns most of the time . As I said he's not a petrol head (the same as most folk) he took out a cheap lease deal the same as most people . I'm not here to defend him or otherwise , but unless there is widespread charging facilities for the majority of people who don't live in suburbia then hybrids are a dead duck .
xxxx 24 September 2018

Going forward

There's only so much a company can do efficiently. Petrol, Hybrid, Electric, diesel if one had to go from the range I'm SO GLAD it's DIEsel.

fadyady 24 September 2018

Like mother like daughter

When will V-Dub do the same?