2017 Porsche Macan SUVs Held At Port Released for Sale
Vehicles Were Awaiting Final Emissions Certification
It seems like the Volkswagen Group just can’t catch a break. After the ongoing TDI emissions saga—which is still holding up sales of new 2016 diesel models and leaving hundreds of thousands more in limbo awaiting an EPA-approved fix—comes word that 2017 Porsche Macan SUVs have been held hostage at U.S. ports awaiting final approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This holdup not only affects California-bound vehicles, but vehicles destined for sale in each of the other 13 states that have adopted the Golden State’s strict emissions standards. Automotive News reports the vehicles held in port are being released now that the company received official confirmation from the agency that they had been approved for sale.
Many customers have reportedly been waiting since February to take delivery of their vehicles. All U.S.-spec Macans are gasoline-powered. Before the TDI emissions scandal, Porsche had reportedly been considering importing the Macan diesel model with the 3.0L V-6. Chances for that model coming to the U.S. are diminished. However, if the VW Group can put the diesel scandal behind it and the company doesn’t believe diesel’s image in the U.S. is irreparably tarnished, it could come eventually. Audi is reportedly eager to offer its SQ7 TDI V-8–powered high-performance SUV in the U.S. market.
Source: Automotive News