Porsche Drops Diesel Engines, to Focus on Hybrids and EVs

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The confirmation follows reports in February that Porsche was going to end sales of diesels, though a senior executive responded at the time that no decision had been made.

For Porsche, diesel sales were only a small fraction of its overall sales.

Using an official statement published on the company media website, Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, said the company wasn't "demonising" what is an "important propulsion technology", but admitted it would have a "diesel-free" future. The sportscar unit used adopted diesel motors from VW group sister brand Audi that contained potentially illegal functions for pollution controls.

Three years ago, Porsche's parent company Volkswagen became embroiled in a diesel emission fixing scandal.

Another reason for the no-diesel vow, he said, is that the company wants to return to its sporty roots.

"The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble", Blume said, months after Germany's Federal Transport Authority ordered the recall of almost 60,000 Porsche SUVs in Europe.

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Porsche, which is investing more than 6 billion euros ($7.1 billion) in electric mobility by 2022, said that demand for diesel models was dropping, adding their share of worldwide Porsche cars was 12 percent in 2017.

Blume's statement comes months after Porsche stopped taking orders for its diesel variants in February, roughly 10 years after its first diesel auto hit the roads. "Still, Porsche's image has suffered". The automaker offered diesel versions of some of its four-door models, but the company has stuck to gasoline for its sports cars.

"That also means that there will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future".

"We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves", Blume told the paper.

"The diesel crisis caused us a lot of trouble".

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