Porsche says that it’s getting out of the diesel business — for good. In a release this morning, it explains that amidst falling demand for diesel vehicles, and a growing interest in hybrids, it “has decided to no longer offer diesel propulsion in future.”
Porsche’s desire to put diesel behind it makes sense: the automotive industry is increasingly betting on a future in which we drive electric and hybrid vehicles, and the company was embroiled in Volkswagen’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The company also hasn’t sold diesel vehicles in the US marketplace since 2015, and last year, it recalled 22,000 of its Cayenne SUVs after they were found to be equipped with devices that allowed them to get around emissions tests. Following that recall, Porsche opted to halt production altogether on its diesel engines, rather than update them to adhere to existing regulations. At the time, it seemed that it was simply pausing production, but today’s announcement reveals that it’s settled on the route that it will take — one without diesel.