Porsche to stop making diesel cars

The automaker announced Sunday that it would focus on hybrid and electric technology and will no longer make diesel-powered vehicles. "It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology", Porsche Chief Executive Oliver Blume said in a statement. We as a sports vehicle 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.

The German manufacturer says it'll concentrate on petrol, electric and hybrid engines.

Porsche's chief executive says the sports auto maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered. The company admitted that about 13,500 diesel Cayenne models had an illegal engine charge control that, according to the German magazine, Bild am Sonntag was used to cheat on diesel emissions tests. "Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect".

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There is a tiny part of us that will miss diesel-engined Cayennes, Macans and Panameras, because for the most part they were really rather good.

"We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves".

The sports carmaker is also introducing its first all-electric vehicle next year- the Taycan, the manufacture of which the company says is totally carbon neutral.

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Porsche also offers diesel versions of the Macan and Panamera in some markets.

Some German cities have banned older diesel cars from their streets and the ongoing investigation into the diesel emission scandal continues.

Regardless of the reasoning, Porsche's decision to end diesel cars may prompt other companies to do the same.

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