US SALES HALTED : Porsche North America have halted sales of their Cayenne diesel SUV models amid accusations by the US Environmental Protection Agency that they were fitted with an emissions-cheating device. Image: Automedia
New York, United States - The North American subsidiary of Porsche said Tuesday (November 3) it would discontinue sales of model year 2014 through 2016 Cayenne Diesel vehicles.
Porsche said its decision came after the US Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen on Monday of fitting illegal 'defeat devices' not only on its smaller engines, but also into various six-cylinder 3.0 litre diesel VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audis.
Porsche is a unit of VW
The company said in a statement: "Porsche Cars North America, Inc. today (Wednesday November 4) decided, in view of the unexpected US EPA notice received on Tuesday, to voluntarily discontinue sales of model year 2014 through 2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel vehicles until further notice.
"We are working intensively to resolve this matter as soon as possible. Customers may continue to operate their vehicles normally."
The carmaker did not say whether software had been installed on the cars to cheat pollution tests.
Volkswagen has vowed to cooperate fully with the EPA.
Porsche had denied also the allegations, insisting that "all of our information was that the Porsche Cayenne Diesel is fully compliant."