Diesel is on its way out thanks to the global emissions scandal that has engulfed several automakers, not least brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. Porsche has reportedly ended production of all diesel models throughout its product range, thus discontinuing two of its last diesel models, the Macan S Diesel and the Panamera 4S Diesel, according to Autocar.

This follows the German automaker’s decision to introduce the latest iteration of the Cayenne SUV without a diesel version in its line-up, and its smaller diesel sibling, the Macan S Diesel has been dropped as buyer demands moves towards petrol and hybrid powertrain-equipped models.

The same reason was cited for the discontinuation of the Panamera 4S Diesel, which accounted for just 15% of the Panamera’s 11,000 sales globally in 2017. Petrol models made up 35%, while the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid accounted for 50% of the year’s total.

The current lack of diesel models does not mean that Porsche has decided to stop sales of diesel models permanently, a source told Autocar. Company CEO Oliver Blume did however relay to the publication that “diesel is not so important for Porsche,” saying that diesel sales are concentrated in its native Europe, and make up only 15% of global sales.

The focus on electric powertrains will culminate in the debut of the Mission E which is slated for next year, while the next-generation Porsche 911 is tipped to give rise to a hybrid model in 2019 as well.

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