“We have never developed and produced Diesel engines ourselves.” — Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, September 2018
This out just now as Porsche has announced “no more diesel cars.”
Technically, however, the statement could not be more wrong: Porsche produced a highly-regarded line of Diesel-powered tractors back in the 50’s and 60’s.
Oliver is certainly talking about Porsche cars, for sure (and he’s correct in that context), but to say that the company has never designed diesels shows a stunning lack of historical engineering knowledge, something which the Germans are typically very good at reminding us all about. All. The. Time.