The warning shot from Volkswagen Group’s most profitable division marks the latest sign that the UK failing to reach a divorce deal with the EU could send ripple effects across the industry and affect dealerships, factories and suppliers.
Ford warned this week of dire consequences for its factories that employ more than 7,000 people if politicians fail to avert a no-deal split.
Affected Porsche customers will have the option to adjust their order accordingly, Porsche said in the statement.
The UK has traditionally been one of Porsche’s largest markets in Europe. Well-heeled shoppers in London have snapped up its 911 sports cars and the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, which occasionally are mocked as “Chelsea tractors.”
The surcharge would help Porsche protect earnings if no deal is reached and the UK falls back to World Trade Organization rules, ending an era of tariff-free transportation of goods within the EU, the world’s largest trade bloc.