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Porsche warns customers about no-deal Brexit

Alexander Pearson
February 17, 2019

Porsche fans in the United Kingdom might have to spend more to buy a car from the German company if a no-deal Brexit happens. London and Brussels have until March 29 to strike an agreement.

This is the Porsche logo on a wheel on a 2019 Porsche Macan automobile on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Image: picture-alliance/AP Photo/G. J. Puskar

Porsche has warned British customers that a chaotic Brexit could hike the price of cars purchased from the German manufacturer by up to 10 percent.

In a letter seen by Bloomberg and British media outlets, Porsche said customers who paid deposits after January 17 might have to pay the additional duty if there is no UK-EU Brexit deal and their car arrives in the United Kingdom after March 29.

The duty would help cover import costs that could arise if the United Kingdom introduces World Trade Organization (WTO) tariffs on EU goods, the Volkswagen-owned company said. It added that customers could adjust their purchases if needed.

Read more: Brexit vote defeat increases no-deal fears for UK car industry

The manufacturer's most affordable car, the Cayman, could jump in price from 44,074 pounds (€50,315, $56,838) to 48,481 pounds if the plan goes ahead.

Porsche manufactures all of its cars outside the United Kingdom, so any duty would affect all of its car sales there in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Specter of no deal

The company's warning to customers has come amid increasing concerns that London and Brussels could fail to strike a Brexit deal before the end of March.

Read more: Citing Brexit, British airline Flybmi ceases operations

British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from lawmakers in London to scrap a provision in a draft deal that would keep the United Kingdom tied to EU rules until both sides agree on a replacement trade deal.

European leaders say they are unwilling to reconsider any part of the draft deal.

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