Porsche has temporarily closed its order books
Stuttgart car maker has bulked its stock of cars to minimise order bottlenecks
Porsche has temporarily closed order books for its entire range as it updates and retests each model to the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which comes into force this September.
A spokesman told Autocar that the brand has increased its existing stock of cars to reduce the order bottleneck this causes, but that buyers wanting to spec a completely custom model will have to wait until the WLTP-approved versions of its models reach market.
“Due to the time this test procedure takes, some models might not be ready for 1 September,” the spokesman said. “But we have grown the stocks of each car in the same way we would if a new model year were to be introduced so as to minimise the impact.”
Such a technique is often employed by manufacturers to fill the space between one generation of car and its successor, but this is the first time Porsche has grown stock for its entire range in order to minimise disruption for a new regulation. Other major brands are thought to be employing the same tactic.
The WLTP test, which is tougher than the outgoing New European Driving Cycle test because it moves the emissions testing from the lab to the real world, is forcing manufacturers to add more emissions-fighting hardware to their models. Following this, they have to be retested and given new official emissions and economy figures.
The complicated changes needed have already forced several other manufacturers to slim down their ranges. BMW confirmed that the F80 M3 is being axed early specifically because of WLTP, while several other brands have ditched low volume diesel models as the new regulation closes in.
The reason manufacturers are employing these drastic measures is to prevent a large volume of unsold pre-WLTP cars from existing after 1 September. While the UK Government is expected to allow a small percentage of pre-WLTP cars, estimated to be between of 5% or 10% of a car maker’s overall sales, to be sold after the new regulation takes hold, any cars over that percentage may have to be scrapped.