Porsche to stop making diesel cars

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Currently Porsche offers three models of diesel vehicles in Australia - the Cayenne and Macan SUVs, and the Panamera sedan - with the Cayenne and Panamera also offered as plug-in hybrids.

Blume's statement comes months after Porsche stopped taking orders for its diesel variants in February, roughly 10 years after its first diesel auto hit the roads. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate on "what we can do particularly well", citing high-performance gasoline models, hybrids and starting next year electric cars.

The confirmation follows reports in February that Porsche was going to end sales of diesels, though a senior executive responded at the time that no decision had been made.

Diesel versions of cars like the brand's Cayenne and Macan sports utility vehicles accounted for 12 percent of global sales past year, according to the statement. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology, " said in a statement Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. We as a sports vehicle 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.

As a result, carmakers around the world have ramped up spending on the development of electric cars, hoping to catch up with pioneer Tesla TLSA.O.

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"Porsche is not demonising diesel".

"Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered, Mr Blume said. The diesel crisis caused us a lot of problems".

Porsche's existing diesel customers would continue to be served, he said.

The company's first diesel vehicle was sold just 10 years ago. 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.