Future of diesel engine

NUERBURGRING, Germany – Porsche will decide at the end of the decade whether its latest generation of diesel engines will be its last, chief executive Oliver Blume told Reuters, the first time a German carmaker has said in public it could discontinue diesel.

Volkswagen’s cheating on diesel emissions tests has cast a shadow over its Porsche division and the sports car brand, which first introduced diesel in its Cayenne sports utility vehicle (SUV) in 2009, is considering its options.

“Of course we are looking into this issue,” Mr Blume said in an interview at the Nuerburgring motorsports complex in western Germany. “We have not made a decision on it.”

Mr Blume said Porsche would offer a mix of combustion engines, plug-in hybrid vehicles and purely battery-powered cars over the next 10-15 years.

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