Porsche to stop making diesel cars

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The company has seen a growing interest among Porsche buyers for hybrid models, in fact, 63 per cent of the Porsche Panamera sold in Europe were hybrids.

Porsche has become the first German automobile brand to abandon diesel fuels. 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.

Mr Blume added: "That also means that there will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future".

Porsche will introduce the Taycan, its first purely electric sports auto to the market in 2019.

Diesel-powered Porsches haven't been sold in the United States since late 2015, according to CNN, and only 12 percent of Porsche's global sales were made up of diesel-powered vehicles in 2017. "The diesel crisis caused us a lot of problems". In the US, diesel-powered Cayennes first arrived in 2013 but were pulled after parent-company Volkswagen admitted that its engines cheated emissions tests.

Diesel cars over a certain age have been banned in parts of some German cities in a bid to cut pollution.

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The sports carmaker is also introducing its first all-electric vehicle next year- the Taycan, the manufacture of which the company says is totally carbon neutral.

"We as a sports vehicle manufacturer. for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free", Blume said, admitting the dieselgate crisis caused Porsche "a lot of trouble".

"Nevertheless, Porsche's image has suffered, Mr Blume said".

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

Regardless of the reasoning, Porsche's decision to end diesel cars may prompt other companies to do the same.

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