Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Volvo to eliminate diesel from new S60

Volvo to eliminate diesel from new S60

The announcement represents the company's latest step towards an electrified future.

The phasing out will begin in 2019 with the S60 sedan, which will be the first new Volvo to not offer a diesel option.

"We're not saying diesel is more dirty", Samuelsson told the FT ahead of the speech, "But it's more complicated and more expensive".

Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly.

It is set to be launched within the next few weeks, becoming the first modern Volvo to be produced without a diesel option.

It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every auto it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power.

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Volvo has announced that its upcoming new S60 saloon will not be sold with a diesel engine. The S60's wagon sibling, the V60, was unveiled earlier this year.

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.

He said lower fuel consumption was the "only advantage of diesel", but that "you can get that back with a mild-hybrid engine".

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.

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

Volvo's move is still a significant one, however, because it contrasts with fresh support for diesel power from rival brands.

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