Dieselgate: Porsche Europe recalls 60,000 diesel SUVs

Dieselgate: Porsche Europe recalls 60,000 diesel SUVs

Porsche, after recently coming under fire for allegedly installing defeat devices in its diesel-powered cars, has issued a recall for its diesel-powered Macan and Cayenne SUVs at the request of German authorities. According to AutoExpress, approximately 53,000 units of the Macan and 6,750 units of the Cayenne are involved in this recall exercise across Europe.

A Porsche spokesman explained that the company had “received recall notices from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) affecting Cayenne 4.2 litre V8 diesel and Macan 3.0 litre V6 diesel vehicles.”

Although Porsche was quick to announce that it “accepts full responsibility towards its customers,” it also said it “does not develop or manufacture diesel engines itself.” Both the above-mentioned engines were developed by Audi, also a member of the Volkswagen Group. Since February this year, Porsche has dropped all sales of its diesel-engined models, citing declining sales as a motivating factor.

As usual, owners with the affected vehicles will be contacted by Porsche dealers, and “a technical solution in the form of a software update” will be applied to their cars for free during a “short workshop visit.”

In July 2017, German authorities reportedly found an emissions ‘defeat device’ in the the 3.0 litre diesel Porsche Cayenne, leading to an obligatory recall of 22,000 cars across Europe. This device, when triggered through routine laboratory tests, would limit the emissions of nitrogen oxide. In the real world, the level of emissions is said to be much higher.

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