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Porsche Cayenne Diesel global recall

Porsche's Cayenne SUV has been called back as part of voluntary recall to update the software in the engine control unit.

Porsche Cars Australia (PCA) has voluntarily recalled 2100 examples of its diesel Cayenne large SUV as part of the Volkswagen Group's ongoing 'dieselgate' emissions woes.

All local cars affected are fitted with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 and were sold between August 22, 2014 and July 27 of this year, with the call back initiated to update software in the engine control unit of each vehicle.
An additional 165 Cayenne vehicles pending delivery to Australian customers have also been swept up in the recall, with handover delayed until the software fix can be applied.

According the German brand's local arm, "PCA will take a responsible approach towards its customers" and "it is of great importance to PCA that customer expectations regarding quality, integrity and service are met to the fullest extent".

Globally, the around 21,500 diesel Cayennes are being called back, with Porsche saying it "accepts full responsibility towards its customers" but reinforced the fact that it "does not develop or manufacture diesel engines itself".

The worldwide recall was initiated late last month when Porsche "discovered irregularities in the engine control software during internal investigations and has actively passed on its findings to the KBA" – Germany's federal motor transport authority.

Porsche has emphasised that all affected vehicles are still safe to operate and can be driven as normal until the software fix is made available.

The German carmaker will contact all affected vehicle owners when the update can be applied, which will be free of charge and take around an hour at an official Porsche Centre.

In total, Volkswagen Australia has recalled about 80,000 affected diesel vehicles, ranging from the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan to the Skoda Superb, Octavia and Yeti, and Audi A3 – all fitted with 2.0-litre diesel engines.

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