German automaker Porsche is apparently mulling the possibility of selling diesel versions of both its Cayenne sport utility vehicle and its four-door Panamera here in the U.S. The addition of a pair of oil-burning models could provide Porsche with two vehicles that cater to a growing segment of buyers looking for fuel-efficient luxury models.
Bernhard Maier, Porsche's sales and marketing chief, recently spoke with Automotive News Europe and revealed that the German automaker is, "Discussing internally if we should introduce the Cayenne diesel in the U.S. this year." In addition, Maier suggested that a "Panamera diesel is an option" and that both decisions will be made "soon."
Beginning in early 2009, Porsche offered the Cayenne diesel in European markets. Last year, the German automaker expanded the Cayenne lineup with the launch of a hybrid version. According to Maier, the diesel and hybrid versions of the Cayenne account for just under 30 percent of the SUVs worldwide sales, but that percentage could shoot up substantially if a U.S.-bound Cayenne diesel gets a nod of approval.