No diesel for new Volvo S60 saloon

Daniel Fowler
May 16, 2018

Speaking at a Financial Times event on the future of transport, Hafan Samuelsson, Volvo's chief executive, said that "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it is more complicated and more expensive".

Volvo is set to ditch diesel by never launching another new auto with a diesel engine.

Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly. A mild hybrid option will launch next year.

Production of the S60 will start later this year at Volvo's new plant near Charleston, South Carolina.

Volvo has confirmed it will be introducing the all-new 2019 Volvo S60 sedan during this second quarter very soon, and it will be the first Volvo not offering a diesel engine option.

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Although diesels now emit more Carbon dioxide per kilometer than their petrol counterparts, Samuelson said hybridisation will help match figures achieved by diesels.

The new S60 is yet to be revealed, but it will be based on the same platform as the V60 estate, which was launched earlier this year and is available with diesel engines.

Speaking to the FT, Hakan said the only advantage diesels now have for drivers is better fuel economy, but "you can get that back with a mild-hybrid engine".

Last month, Volvo Cars reinforced its electrification strategy, by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.

Volvo has cited the mounting complication and costs of emissions regulation standards for a decision to ditch diesel form all future products as it moves towards an EV future. Mercedes has reveaed that its facelifted C-Class will get a diesel-electric hybrid option, badged C 300 de, while Kia announced recently that its Sportage is to be offered with 48V diesel-electric technology.

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