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Death of diesel cars - Porsche ditches diesel engines after VW emissions scandal

Porsche Panamera

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. "Porsche is not demonising diesel".

The German auto manufacturer did add that it is not "demonizing" the technology, but has always seen diesel playing a "secondary role" in its business.

Porsche has sold diesel versions of its cars for almost a decade, Bild am Sonntag said. Now, though, Porsche has announced that it will "no longer offer diesel propulsion in future".

It follows a 2015 scandal in which its parent company, Volkswagen, admitted it had cheated emissions tests for diesel engines.

Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel was ditched in February Porsche will launch its first electric sports car the Taycan next year Close

The carmaker added that by the year 2025, "every second new Porsche vehicle could have an electric drive-either hybrid or purely electric".

"Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect", Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said. "We as a sports auto 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", he said.

In Porsche's home country of Germany, Diesel sales fell to a decade-low of 38 percent. Recent court rulings in Germany stipulating that older diesel cars should be banned from certain areas have caused uncertainty among auto buyers.

"Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered, Mr Blume said". The automaker offered diesel versions of some of its four-door models, but the company has stuck to gasoline for its sports cars. The new Taycan's manufacture process is claimed to be Carbon dioxide neutral and it's also said to be supplied with green electricity via an ultra-fast charging infrastructure spread over Europe.