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Volvo to ditch diesel, starting with the new S60

2018 Volvo S60 won't offer a diesel engine Volvo to eliminate diesel engines completely
Nellie Chapman | 16 May, 2018, 16:51

Slated for a global launch later this year in the spring, the new Volvo S60 sedan will be the first vehicle from the company to be offered without a diesel powertrain.

Volvo on Wednesday announced that from 2019 it will no longer launch cars fitted with diesel engines.

Volvo has confirmed its upcoming S60 sedan won't offer a turbodiesel engine.

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.

Speaking to Financial Times, Volvo's chief executive Hakan Samuelsson said: "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive". Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only. "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".

Samuelsson went on to explain that Volvo now feels that hybrid, mild-hybrid, and plugin-hybrid technology have overtaken diesel not just in terms of reducing emissions, but also now in terms of cost, both at the time of vehicle development, and when that vehicle is subsequently in use.

As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.

Previous year the auto maker also committed to offering some form of electrified powertrain with every new model range from 2019.

Volvo says the new S60 will be launched later this spring, with production to start this autumn.

As well as market trends in Europe, the decision also reflects the key target market for the S60: the United States, where diesel accounts for a small percentage of sales. However, the company had not disclosed what would happen to its diesel offerings.