Porsche North America to Sell Fixed Cayenne Diesel SUVs as Used Cars

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If you’ve followed the Dieselgate saga closely, you might remember that VW had reached an agreement with the U.S. regulators on those pesky 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines. In due time, the group intends to sell vehicles with the said mill as used cars.
Once the court handling the 3.0 TDI emissions case approves the fix for customer and unsold cars equipped with the oil-burning engine, divisions such as Porsche will try to get rid of the vehicles by selling them all at huge discounts. Speaking to Automotive News, Klaus Zellmer of Porsche Cars North America assured that Cayenne diesels “will be low-mileage, very attractive used cars, based on the age of the car. There's always a market for any car."

There’s no exact number of U.S.-spec Cayenne diesels grounded by the stop-sale order, but Zellmer mentioned that Porsche still has 1,500 Cayenne diesels in dealer inventory. There’s no doubt early next year is the right time to go shopping for a Cayenne diesel, but the real mystery is the discount.

For the 2016 model year, which is the newest of the U.S.-spec Cayenne 3.0 V6 TDI, the suggested retail price kicked off from $61,700 when the car was new, and the Dieselgate scandal wasn’t even a thing. If we take into consideration the used car status, some miles on the odometer, and the tarnished image of Volkswagen Group of America, then $45k to $50k seems like a suitable price range for the yet-to-be-sold Porsche Cayenne diesels.

Mind you, buying a second-hand Cayenne diesel through the Porsche dealership is not the same thing as purchasing a new vehicle. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but those cars will be eligible for sale via the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-owned Program, accompanied by a CPO limited warranty of 2 years or up to 50,000 miles.

After all, every Porsche of the previous nine model years (including 2017) is eligible for enrollment as long as the car has less than 100,000 miles on the clock. By comparison, Porsche’s new vehicle warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles of wear and tear.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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