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Porsche Sport Plus Mode and Stop Sale Order Pennsylvania Class Action

What does it mean when a car company issues a “stop sale” order? And if it indicates a problem with the vehicles involved, what are those who already own these vehicles supposed to do? The complaint for this class action alleges that Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and Dr. Ing. h.c.F Porsche AG issued a stop sale order on certain vehicles, which both indicates a problem and prevents owner from using the largest Porsche marketplace—the dealerships—to sell the problem vehicles they already own.

The class for this action is all persons in Pennsylvania who (1) are current owners of a class vehicle or (2) sold a class vehicle on or after November 12, 2020. For further information on the vehicles involved, see pages 16-17 of the complaint linked below.

In November 2020, Porsche put a corporate stop sale order on a number of its vehicles, including certain 911, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, and Panamera vehicles, from model years 2012-2018, that have an add-on Sport Chrono Package. The complaint alleges, “Porsche has recently admitted that a number of its vehicles ‘may’ pollute beyond acceptable levels when driven in ‘Sport Plus’ mode, which is available on Porsche models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.”

The stop sale order forbids Porsche’s US dealerships from selling any of these class vehicles indefinitely.

This is a problem for those who already own these vehicles, the complaint alleges, because it means they cannot sell them through “the largest marketplace—the Porsche dealership network and its owned and operated ‘Porsche Finder’ tool…”

However, the complaint quotes an Autoblog article as saying, “Porsche’s current stop sale is rather odd.”

The class vehicles can be driven in three modes, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus. Sport Plus, according to an online Porsche dealer website, is for “experiencing all of the performance your Porsche has to offer…”

The November 2020 Porsche announcement admitted that in Sport Mode, the class vehicles “may” release more nitrogen oxide (NOx) than permitted by US regulations. A spokesperson said that “they’re a little bit dirtier [for the environment].” However, Porsche issued the stop sale order without providing any real details.

In August 2020, Porsche had announced an internal investigation into 911 and Panamera vehicles for possible manipulations of engines to produce false emissions data. The complaint claims, “While Porsche paid $600 million for its cheating on diesel emissions tests in connection with its parent company, Volkswagen Group’s, emissions-test cheating scandal, this is the first time gasoline engines were subject to scrutiny.”

While Porsche claims its US dealerships “are buying all used Porsche cars as they usually would,” the complaint alleges that this has not been the experience of the plaintiff in this case and others. The complaint alleges, “It is clearly not in Porsche’s independent dealerships’ business interest to expend capital on cars they cannot offer for sale or that will likely be devalued as the result of a remedy to repair them.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Porsche Sport Plus Mode and Stop Sale Order Pennsylvania Complaint

February 26, 2021

What does it mean when a car company issues a “stop sale” order? And if it indicates a problem with the vehicles involved, what are those who already own these vehicles supposed to do? The complaint for this class action alleges that Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and Dr. Ing. h.c.F Porsche AG issued a stop sale order on certain vehicles, which both indicates a problem and prevents owner from using the largest Porsche marketplace—the dealerships—to sell the problem vehicles they already own.

Porsche Sport Plus Mode and Stop Sale Order Pennsylvania Complaint

Case Event History

Porsche Sport Plus Mode and Stop Sale Order Pennsylvania Complaint

February 26, 2021

What does it mean when a car company issues a “stop sale” order? And if it indicates a problem with the vehicles involved, what are those who already own these vehicles supposed to do? The complaint for this class action alleges that Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and Dr. Ing. h.c.F Porsche AG issued a stop sale order on certain vehicles, which both indicates a problem and prevents owner from using the largest Porsche marketplace—the dealerships—to sell the problem vehicles they already own.

Porsche Sport Plus Mode and Stop Sale Order Pennsylvania Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, False Mileage or Emissions Figures, Stop Sale Order