Home/Porsche

Germany investigating Porsche petrol engines for emissions manipulation

Germany's motor authority is investigating Porsche after it was informed the automaker may have manipulated emissions figures for some petrol engines.

3 weeks ago
Comments
Derek Fung
Journalist

We might have to create a new “-gate”, because Porsche is now being investigated by German authorities for possibly manipulating the emissions results of some petrol engines.

Porsche is regularly and continuously reviewing technical and regulatory aspects of its vehicles,” a Porsche spokesperson told Reuters.

“As part of such internal examinations Porsche has identified issues and has, just like in the past, proactively informed authorities.” 

The Porsche spokesperson added the company believes no models currently on sale are affected. The German motor authority, the KBA, says it has begun an investigation into the luxury sports car maker.

According to Bild am Sonntag, the engines under scrutiny were developed between 2008 and 2013, and were used in the Panamera and 911. The KBA is reportedly going through emails and documents, as well as interviewing employees.

In 2019 Porsche was fined €535 million ($880 million) by German authorities for using diesel engines which deliberately reduced emissions during bench testing in order to meet regulations.

For their roles in the Dieselgate affair, Germany has also handed out fines of €800 million ($1.3 billion) to Audi, and €1 billion ($1.6 billion) to Volkswagen.

The sports and luxury car maker stopped offering diesel engines in 2018. It is concentrating on electric and plug-in hybrid drivetrains to reduce its carbon emissions.