Porsche Halts Cayenne Diesel Sales, Volkswagen Probing 800,000 More Cars


Porsche Halts Cayenne Diesel Sales, Volkswagen Probing 800,000 More Cars

Nov 11, 2015

Porsche has told its U.S. dealers not to sell any 2014–2016 Cayenne Diesel SUVs in stock. The stop-sale comes a day after the Environmental Protection Agency cited the 2015 Cayenne Diesel in Volkswagen’s second notice over Clean Air Act violations.

“We are working intensively to resolve this matter as soon as possible,” the company said. “Customers may continue to operate their vehicles normally.”

Porsche did not cite any reasons for the model-year expansions nor did it admit fault in using emissions-cheating software, as the EPA alleges, but said the “unexpected” notice caused it to “voluntarily discontinue sales” indefinitely. Other Volkswagen models with the Cayenne Diesel’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine, including the 2014 Touareg TDI and four 2016 Audi TDI models, were also named in the violation notice but continue to be sold.

Separately, Volkswagen AG said it had identified 800,000 models across the entire company with “irregularities in CO2 levels,” the majority of which are diesel models. From the statement below, it appears Volkswagen overstated fuel economy on these cars.

“Under the ongoing review of all processes and workflows in connection with diesel engines it was established that the CO2 levels and thus the fuel consumption figures for some models were set too low during the CO2 certification process,” the automaker said.

Again, Volkswagen did not provide a detailed explanation, only that the associated costs for fixing this new problem would be 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

“From the very start I have pushed hard for the relentless and comprehensive clarification of events,” VW Group CEO Matthias Müller said in a statement. “We will stop at nothing and nobody. This is a painful process, but it is our only alternative. For us, the only thing that counts is the truth. That is the basis for the fundamental realignment that Volkswagen needs.”

(source: caranddriver.com)


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