Porsche drops diesel for good

After a hiatus, Porsche announces diesel is out as brand focuses on petrol, hybrid and electric

Porsche has announced it will no longer offer diesel cars or SUVs. There had been rumours at least one version of the next-generation Cayenne would feature a diesel engine, but that's no longer going to happen.

The Porsche Macan was the last car in the firm's current line-up to be powered by a diesel engine, following the discontinuation of the Panamera 4S Diesel earlier this year and the Cayenne Diesel last year.

Officially, a drop in customer demand and a focus on hybrid and electric technology has pushed Porsche to remove its last diesel car from sale.

Carbuyer's best electric cars on sale now

"Porsche is not demonising diesel," said Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume. "It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a sports-car 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." In 2017, diesel models made up 12% of Porsche's global sales.

Blume also sought to reassure current owners of a diesel Porsche, commenting: "Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect”. This is likely to mean diesel Porsches will still be able to be serviced and repaired by Porsche dealerships in exactly the same way as before.

Porsche Taycan name announcement

Set to launch in 2019, the Porsche Taycan will be the manufacturer's first electric sports car. Porsche plans for half of all its new car sales to be pure electric or hybrid by 2025. Porsche is even expected to offer a hybrid version of its iconic 911 sports car when the next generation arrives.

In an earlier statement in February, the manufacturer said: "Diesel engines traditionally play a subordinate role at Porsche. Porsche does not develop or build diesel engines itself. Currently, the demand for diesel models is falling, whereas interest in hybrid and petrol models is increasing significantly."

Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed a 25.6% drop in registrations of diesel cars between January 2017 and January 2018. According to SMMT, petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles saw an increase in registrations in the same period, with the latter up 23.9%.

Recommended

Maserati Grecale vs Porsche Macan: which should you buy?
Maserati Grecale vs Porsche Macan
Porsche Macan SUV
5 May 2022

Maserati Grecale vs Porsche Macan: which should you buy?

Porsche Macan SUV review
2020 Porsche Macan - side view
Porsche Macan
15 Mar 2022

Porsche Macan SUV review

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Facelifted Volvo XC60 driving - front
Deals
1 Jul 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Car technology
22 Jun 2022

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022
2021 Citroen Ami
Best cars
16 Jun 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022