Volvo to ditch diesel, starting with the new S60

Volvo to ditch diesel, starting with the new S60

When confirming the exclusion of diesel engines, Samuelsson said: "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines". "We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with [gasoline] hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification".

Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring.

In 2017, Volvo confirmed plans to electrify all new models from 2019 onward, with powertrains set to include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions.

Volvo made headlines a year ago by announcing all new cars from 2019 will feature some form of hybridisation or electrification.

Volvo has confirmed its upcoming S60 sedan won't offer a turbodiesel engine. Last summer Volvo announced a commitment to launching every new vehicle with some form of electrification.

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In the case of the S60, it will offer a gas-only powertrain offering, as well as two plug-in hybrid offerings.

"We're not saying diesel is more dirty", Samuelsson told the FT ahead of the speech, "But it's more complicated and more expensive". Mild hybrid versions will follow next year.

As for the auto itself, the new-gen Volvo S60 sedan is based on the company's versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which now also underpins SUV and Estate cousins - the new XC60 and V60. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the United States market as well as overseas through exports.

Volvo aims to have at least 50 per cent of its sales come from electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.

Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' brand new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.

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