Porsche Adds 10% To Post Brexit UK Sales

Thu 14th Feb 2019

Porsche customers in the UK will have to sign a clause agreeing to pay an extra 10% on their new car as a consequence of Brexit.

The German manufacturer admitted in an email published by the BBC that the ‘precautionary’ measure was necessary to counter potential tariffs as a result of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The company, which is owned by Volkswagen, sold 12,500 cars in the Britain in 2018 and said in an email to the BBC: "As one potential outcome of the Brexit negotiations, there is a possibility that a duty of up to 10% may be applied to cars imported into the UK by us after March 29.

"In light of this, we have chosen to inform customers whose cars are likely to arrive after Brexit occurs to warn them that they may be affected by this tariff - allowing them to be fully informed at the point of sale and, if they wish, to adjust their order accordingly.

"This is a precautionary step in the interests of allowing our customers to plan ahead."

Those who ordered their new Porsche before 17th January will not face the threat of a surcharge, but there are concerns that the additional charges could become standard across the industry for those companies that have no UK manufacturing.

Volkswagen themselves have refused to rule out the charge moving across to their other brands such as Audi and Lamborghini saying: “We are keeping a very close eye on developments and reviewing the entire spectrum of possible effects.”