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Porsche 718, Macan Among Models Dead in EU as New Security Rules Take Effect

EU cybersecurity laws nix some popular but older models

  • Older models need expensive upgrades to stay on sale

  • Porsches will live in Canada through at least 2025


European automakers are being forced to kill off some popular models this summer as they don’t meet cybersecurity standards in the EU. The dead models include some Euro-only vehicles like the Volkswagen Transporter and Up!, but also more widely sold vehicles, including the Porsche Macan, 718 Boxster, and Cayman.

New rules meant to help prevent car hacks come into place on July 7th. Vehicles sold – not just built – in the EU from then on need to meet the new rules. German publication Tagesschau reported on the news, hearing from Volkswagen boss Thomas Schäfer that “Otherwise we would have to integrate a completely new electronic architecture. That would simply be too expensive.”

The report said updating the old electrical systems to meet the new standard could cost millions. The rules came into effect for newly designed models in mid-2022, but older vehicle models already on sale had a two-year grace period. Now, the automaker must prove that there was a system to ward off hacker attacks during development and at suppliers.

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Porsche 718 Spyder, as well as the Macan, are all set to have electric versions launched soon, but they are not yet on the market. Porsche had also previously indicated plans to keep selling gas models alongside EVs. Interestingly, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS and 718 Spyder RS are not affected.

The upside is that this ruleset applies only to vehicles sold in the EU. The report says that Porsche is still planning to build the vehicles for export. Porsche Canada has confirmed that all three of its affected models will remain on sale in our market through at least model year 2025.

 

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