The Porsche Cayenne V6 TDI diesel SUV came under scanner after German Transport Ministry ordered the KBA watchdog agency to examine the emissions of sports car maker. The issue for the sports car maker rose when German news magazine Der Spiegel reported the Porsche Cayenne V6 TDI diesel SUV model had much higher emissions than legally allowed.
While Porsche denied emission violation allegations, CEO Oliver Blume, in an recent interview to Reuters, dropped hints that the performance car manufacturer is considering shelving diesel engines from its portfolio. “Of course we are looking into this issue. We have not made a decision on it,” CEO Blume said in the interview. He also added that Porsche will offer a mix of combustion engines, plug-in hybrid vehicles and purely battery-powered cars. Moreover, the Company would decide at the end of the decade about the future of diesel powered models.
The dieselgate scandal has cost Volkswagen heavily. Last year, the German car maker had set aside USD 14.7 billion for Dieselgate affected customers in the US alone. Volkswagen is reportedly planning to sell the Italian two-wheeler brand, Ducati, to compensate for the losses made due to the dieselgate controversy. KTM (and Bajaj) is said to be closing in on Ducati brand.
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