New European CO2 standards may force Porsche production out of the EU

Porsches may be getting cleaner, and even adding hybrids to their lineup, but according to CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, there are limits to what they can do. In a German newspaper interview, over the weekend he was highly critical of new EU proposals to require all cars to emit less than 130g/km of CO2. He stated the Cayenne hybrid will get fuel economy up to 26.1 mpg, but the new CO2 standard would require 39.2mpg and that apparently just isn't realistic for Porsche or other luxury carmakers. If the new standard becomes a requirement for all cars, they would have to move production out of the EU, and only small cars would continue to be built there.

Compare Wiedeking's comments to Porsche's official announcement from the weekend.

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