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Porsche, the first German automaker to quit making diesel vehicles

Published September 24, 2018

Oliver Blume, the CEO of Porsche AG said in an interview with a German magazine that the company would no longer manufacture vehicles with diesel engines which have been known for its gasoline-powered vehicle. The Porsche Cayenne and Macan are popular Diesel powered SUVs sold by the company.

In February of this year, the German automaker stopped taking orders for diesel vehicle of the Macan and Cayenne SUV. The Cayenne has a starting price of $109,200 which first introduced the diesel SUV 10 years ago.

The automaker has never built its own diesel engine but was hit hard when its parent company was caught in the emission scandal by Volkswagen AG in 2015. Audi, another division of Volkswagen AG produces the diesel engines that Porsche uses in its vehicles.

Oliver Blume said in a statement “The companies image has suffered even after we have never developed and produced diesel engines and  caused us a lot of trouble.”

In Germany, 32% of the sales were of Porsche’s diesel-powered vehicles while the companies diesel engines did not make a splash in the United States and the global sales were down by 14% of diesel vehicles.

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