Europe’s Cybersecurity Laws Force Porsche to Discontinue Gas Macan in Europe

EU Gas Macan Sales Cease, Production Continues in Other Markets, Including US

Porsche has recently unveiled the second-generation Macan, and this time, it’s all powered by electricity. This decision may seem daring for the brand as its top-selling model is now going fully electric, but Porsche is taking calculated risks. A representative from the company has confirmed to Motor1 that the gasoline version will continue to be available in the United States for the foreseeable future.

According to earlier reports, the representative additionally verified that sales of internal-combustion Macan vehicles will cease in Europe due to a recently implemented cybersecurity legislation taking effect in July. Given its status as one of Porsche’s longest-standing offerings, the company would have to create a new electrical system in order for the internal-combustion Macan to adhere to regulations. This presents a costly challenge, particularly considering the amount already invested in the development of the electric Macan.

In the United States, there is no obligation for vehicles to adhere to these updated standards. This entitles Porsche to distribute the internal-combustion Macan in this region, as confirmed by a representative who stated they will continue to do so as long as there is consumer interest and within legal regulations. Despite this, Porsche has no plans to modify the current model of the car.

American dealers are understandably cautious about the latest addition to the Porsche lineup, the Macan. This compact SUV has consistently been the best-selling model in the US and offers the most affordable way to own a new Porsche. As the demand for electric cars decreases and the cost of the electric Macan rises by at least $18,000 compared to its predecessor, it is clear that Porsche is keen on maintaining sales of their traditional gasoline Macan.

Sales of the Macan powered by internal combustion engines are set to continue in various markets, including the United Kingdom, which recently withdrew from the European Union. However, this new regulation does not apply to other Porsche models such as the 911, Taycan, Panamera, and Cayenne, all of which have been built with electric architecture and are in compliance with the law. Despite this, it is currently uncertain whether the sales of the 718 would be impacted by the new legislation, and we have reached out to Porsche for clarification.

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