Do the following words ring a bell – Volkswagen Emissions Scandal a.k.a. Dieselgate? If yes, then you’re on the right track. If otherwise, where were you under a rock in 2015? It seems, the VW Group is still being haunted by their illegal practices.
As reported by Business Insider, Porsche has issued a stop-sale order that has affected the 911s, Boxters, Caymans, Cayennes, and Panameras from the years between 2012-2016 as they somehow don’t comply with the emission regulations. In particular, the models with the Sport Chrono Package ticked are the victims here. See, going fast without a reason is injurious to health and the environment.
The company found no other alternative than to stop the sale of the affected models however, they also claim that “not every model line we’ve tested is affected.” The Porsche representative told Business Insider they’re “being cautious”. The German carmaker explains the situation is not as bad as it might seem (nice try) while clarifying that the dealers are still buying used cars and the ones that have already been sold “remain safe to drive.”
The folks say a software fix is under development and will be installed in all the models that currently emit more nitrogen oxide than allowed. The issue only occurs when the driver switches to Sport Plus mode as Porsche’s testing showed emissions are within the legal limits in Normal and Sport modes. And it has made it very clear that this problem “does not affect new vehicles.”
Important to note that this is not the first time that Porsche has had troubles with excessive emissions – some time ago, the turbodiesel 3.0L V6 motor found in the Macan, Cayenne, and Panamera was found to be cheating the regs, too. Fines were paid to settle the dispute, and the TDI unit came out as the cause for all the troubles.
In September 2018, Porsche announced its intentions to stop the diesel engines altogether and focus on hybrids and EVs. The rate had already gone down to 12% in 2017, so few people are missing the TDI-powered Porsches as of now.
It would now be quite a scene to witness as the automotive world and its customers alike have no idea as to when will Stuttgart begin with this process and how much time will it take to look after the millions of Porsches affected.