Steane Klose | Jun 3, 2008

According to Automotive News, the CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Detlev von Platen has gone on record to say that U.S. fuel-economy standards will not change the face of Porsche. Porsche will remain true to their essence and continue to produce cars that are first and foremost Porsche in character with a good dose of fuel efficiency thrown in for good measure.

“We will make our cars more fuel efficient, but we will not change our nature. Our customers expect a certain characteristic to our cars,” said Detlev von Platen.

Porsche has no plans to downsize the vehicles in its range, produce smaller engines or follow in Audi’s trailblazing steps by introducing a diesel engine option to their sports car line-up.


They are flirting with a possible diesel addition to the Cayenne SUV line-up which frankly makes sense, while a hybrid version of both the Cayenne and upcoming Panamera are planned, but these will be performance hybrids, whose electrical assistance accentuates the cars performance in addition to providing efficiency gains.

“We thought about diesel, but it does not make sense, especially since the United States is 39 percent of Porsche’s market, and we do not see any potential for it,” said von Platen.

Which when all is said and done means that our beloved 911 should remain unmolested and continue to increase in both power and efficiency. Amen to that.

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