The saga is finally over for the sports car brand.
Another day, another automotive manufacturer is fined for violating emissions regulations. Following yesterday’s information about Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ agreement to pay up to $3,075 as a compensation payment for the faulty emissions control software in some of its vehicles, today Porsche announces it will pay over £460 million in fines over the Dieselgate scandal.
The Dieselgate saga for Porsche:
The fine notice, the German automaker says, “comprehensively ends the administrative offense proceedings of the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office against Porsche AG.” The fine totals €535 million (or £460 million at the current exchange rates), of which €4 million are for a negligent breach of duty by Porsche AG and a levy of economic benefits in the amount of €531 million.
Porsche has no plans to appeal against the fine notice for negligent breach of duty and, therefore, the procedure against Porsche is concluded. Investigation results show that “negligent breaches of supervisory duties occurred in a department of the division for development several levels below the executive board in the exhaust gas-related testing of vehicles in relation to their regulatory conformity.”
In May last year, KBA (Germany’s Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles) announced its findings that Porsche’s Euro 6 diesel engines were fitted with the cheat devices that help the cars get around strict laboratory test conditions.
In the fall of 2018, Porsche announced its complete withdrawal from diesel after admitting the Dieselgate had a negative impact on the brand’s image. The sports car maker is recalling more than 60,000 of its SUVs to fix software issues related to the emissions control system. In its latest press release, Porsche says it “has never developed and produced diesel engines,” and “concluding the proceedings is another important step towards ending the diesel topic.”