Porsche Cancels Sale of Cayenne Diesel; Audi Pulls Diesel Cars From Site
Porsche announced Wednesday that it would stop selling its Cayenne Diesel model after regulators announced those cars were allegedly installed with an illegal “cheat device” to fool emissions tests.
Audi removed all diesels vehicles from their online configurator, even though the Q7 diesel was not mentioned by the Environmental Protection Agency has having a “defeat device” installed. The luxury brand has not yet announced any stop-sale of its cars. Volkswagen’s Touareg TDI, which is equipped with the same engine as Porsche and Audi, is still currently listed as on sale.
On Monday, the EPA announced it had uncovered a “temperature conditioning” program in cars equipped with Volkswagen’s 3-liter diesel engine timed exactly to federal emissions tests that reduced nitrogen oxide emissions in those cars. Volkswagen refuted the claims that it had installed an illegal cheat device in those cars.
In a separate statement, Porsche North America said it was “surprised” by the revelation that its Cayenne could illegally pollute.
The EPA notified Porsche that its 2015 Cayenne Diesel included the software, however Porsche’s stop-sale extends to 2014-2016 cars.
More information as the story develops.