Volvo Says No To Diesel Engines With New S60 Saloon
Volvo Says No To Diesel Engines With New S60 Saloon
Volvo ditches diesel
16 May, 2018, 16:51
The brand is now taking the pledge further, as the new S60 saloon is set to be the first Volvo in decades to come without a diesel engine in its line-up.
All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.
Back in February Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson confirmed the company has stopped allocating capital to the development of new internal combustion engines, both diesel and gasoline.
That said, even petrol engines will eventually be phased out, with Volvo referring to the hybrid models as a "transitional" stepping stone on the road to full electrification.
As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.
While diesel engines have not been a factor in Volvo's lineup in the USA for years, they've formed an important part of the company's business in other parts of the globe, including Europe. Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only.
"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT.
The automaker says the auto will feature pure gasoline and two plug-in hybrid options at launch, with mild hybrid versions to follow in 2019. The company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next year.
Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars' brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.
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.
Samuelson said hybridisation could be the key to helping petrol cars match the Carbon dioxide emissions targets of diesel cars while offering superior fuel economy.
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