Porsche To Stop Making Diesel Cars

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"We have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free," said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.

German carmaker Porsche says it will stop making diesel cars, and concentrate on petrol, electric and hybrid engines instead.

The decision follows the 2015 scandal at Porsche’s parent company Volkswagen, which saw the company admitting that it had cheated emissions tests for diesel engines, and being fined €1bn by a German public prosecutor.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the company was "not demonising diesel"; it would remain “an important propulsion technology”, and existing diesel car customers would continue to be served.

However, he stated that Porsche, "as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, we have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.”

Porsche is understood to be developing a fully-electric luxury car, with a multi-billion euro investment.

In a sense, it is going back to its roots – the first car ever designed by founder Ferdinand Porsche 110 years ago, in 1898, was electric, and the company's first diesel car was sold just 10 years ago.

Parts of some German cities have banned diesel cars that are over a certain age in a bid to cut pollution.


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