Volkswagen's Porsche drops diesel in electric vehicle push

"Porsche doesn't condemn diesel".

Porsche did say however it will continue to further invest in the development of gasoline combustion engines as a means to offer "purist, emotional and powerful sports cars".

Porsche has officially ended production of its diesel vehicles, instead shifting its focus to e-mobility.

For the sportscar manufacturer diesel "has traditionally played a subordinated role", the statement said.

For Porsche, diesel sales were only a small fraction of its overall sales.

Porsche and its parent Volkswagen have seen their image take a beating after VW admitted to rigging diesel cars worldwide to fool emissions checks in a scandal widely known as "Dieselgate".

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Porsche said its hybrid cars are becoming increasingly popular, with about 63 percent of buyers of the four-door Panamera coupe in Europe opting for the partly electric version. The diesel engine is aimed at a different driving experience.

Diesel versions of cars like the brand's Cayenne and Macan sports utility vehicles accounted for 12 percent of global sales past year, according to the statement. "The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble", Blume said in a separate interview with weekly Bild am Sonntag.

Porsche is reported to be focusing on the development of a fully-electric luxury auto.

"We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves", Blume told the paper.

However, he added, "for us as a sports auto manufacturer, where the diesel has traditionally played a subordinate role, we believe that we can do without diesel in the future".

Courts are increasingly pressuring German cities to clean up their air, with a diesel ban on two major roads in Hamburg and city-wide exclusion zones for older vehicles coming into Stuttgart and Frankfurt to reduce harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.

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