Porsche Has a Plan for Its Idled Diesel Inventory

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
porsche has a plan for its idled diesel inventory

There are currently over one thousand 2014 through 2016 model year Cayenne TDIs in the United States that Porsche cannot sell, all thanks to VW Group’s ongoing emissions fiasco. You might be wondering what Porsche plans to do with its stop-sale utility vehicles. Recycle them? Ship them all to Germany? Burn them on the world’s largest-ever funeral pyre?

If things go according to plan, there will be good news for anyone in the market for a used Porsche Cayenne with a diesel motor and extremely low miles.

Once Porsche has an approved emissions fix for the 3.0-liter diesel-powered crossover, it plans to sell the almost 1,500 vehicles as used cars. Beyond the subversive software used to cheat emissions testing, there is nothing technically wrong with the Cayennes. However, they’ve remained struck on dealership lots for over a year because of a stop-sale order. While Volkswagen Group has reportedly reached an agreement with U.S. regulators on how to fix its 3.0-liter diesels, Porsche still has to await final approval from the courts on how to proceed.

Automotive News caught Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer discussing the matter at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Zellmer said that the company will repair the 10,000 affected diesel Cayennes with owners and then fix the nearly 1,500 sitting on dealer lots.

“Then they’re going to be sold as used cars,” Zellmer explained during an interview. “They will be low-mileage, very attractive used cars, based on the age of the car. There’s always a market for any car. You just have to get the price right.”

If you want to lay your hands on a Porsche diesel, this may be your last opportunity to do so. While Volkswagen is abandoning the TDI powerplant in North America entirely, Audi of America’s Scott Keogh suggested that the Q7 TDI could come back eventually. While that means the Cayenne Diesel might return too, the prospects have settled in some extremely murky waters. However, it can be said with some degree of certainty that this is the last diesel Porsche we’re likely to see in the U.S. for a while.

As for the remaining diesel crossovers allocated to the U.S.?

“They stayed in Germany,” Zellmer said. “We don’t have to take care of those. So we’re actually in pretty good shape. Once we have the tactical fix, we’re rather confident.”

[Image: Porsche]

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 26, 2016

    Maybe they can fix these few cars, but no word on what the results will be. Surely they'll be down on fuel economy, driveability, reliability, or something people care about. So your discounted 2016 Porsche diesel will always have an asterisk next to it, sort of like the 'roided Soviet-bloc Olympic athletes of the 70s. No thanks.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Nov 27, 2016

    Who the holy f**k wants a Porsche diesel anyway?

    • Mason Mason on Nov 27, 2016

      Not that I could ever afford one, but if circumstances permitted AND I was satisfied with the resolution I would absolutely provide a garage for one of these.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.