Earlier this month, we learned that France has made moves to ban diesel and gasoline fueled cars by stopping them from entering the city. More than that, they plan to completely get rid of these cars by 2040. Also, it is not just France that has plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other European countries including the Netherlands and Germany may follow suit.
Having said that, how will automakers cope with this? Well, they only have one choice and that is to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and push them out to the market quickly. And that is exactly what Porsche has in mind. We all know that the whole VW Group is in trouble due to the emission scandal it faced, and the company will have to pay over $25 million for it as well as buy back the cars it has sold. This is why Porsche may have to totally drop diesel engines by 2020.
Therefore, the German company should soon make a decision whether their latest diesel-powered cars will truly be the last. Keep in mind that this will affect their current production line and perhaps their long-term plan. But they are already getting accusations of using steering movements to cheat emissions.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said in an interview with Reuters that they are looking into the issue indeed, however, they have not decided on it yet. As of now, they are looking at the development of hybrid and electric vehicles that will be offered in the next decade instead. And then they will decide on the plan for diesel engines.
Last month, German prosecutors did an investigation to see whether Porsche staff had been involved in designing the illegal engine-control software, and if Cayennes were given the said software.
In terms of figures, only 15 percent of Porsche’s global sales come from diesel-powered cars - that is fifteen percent of 237,778 cars in 2016. BMW, on the other hand, sells more than double the number of Porsche when it comes to diesel sales in the US and abroad, at 35 percent.
Now, Porsche has a new Cayenne SUV that will be making use of a diesel engine, that is scheduled to make its debut very soon. We know this as prototypes have been spotted during testing and these were not fully camouflaged. The new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid with the same hybrid powertrain as the Panamera will also be added to their current lineup.