GERMAN authorities on Friday said they had ordered 19,000 Porsche SUVs recalled over emissions cheating, saying a total of 60,000 manipulated vehicles had been identified across Europe.
“Illegal ‘defeat devices’ were identified” in some 4,000 Cayenne and 15,000 Macan cars sold by the high-end Volkswagen subsidiary in Germany, a spokesman for the KBA vehicle licensing authority told AFP.
“Defeat devices” refers to software designed to reduce harmful emissions under regulatory test conditions compared with real on-road driving.
A Porsche spokesman said across Europe, some 53,000 Macans fitted with 3.0-litre diesel engines and 6,800 4.2-litre Cayennes were affected by the recall.
News weekly Der Spiegel reported that KBA investigators found the Macan diesels – which Porsche claimed were in compliance with the latest and strictest “Euro 6” emissions standards – included five defeat devices even after a 2016 software update designed to reduce pollution.
The Porsche spokesman said the firm is “working with the KBA on a technical solution” for the Macan’s motor control software, adding it has already agreed an update for the Cayenne and will contact owners about the installation. – AFP Relaxnews