Volvo has announced plans to ultimately phase out diesel engines from its entire lineup.
Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly.
Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring.
Following yesterday's report, the Swedish auto maker has confirmed that the new S60 Saloon will become the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine.
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As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.
That means the S60 will only be available with petrol and hybrid units from launch, with all-electric models to follow in the near-future.
As for the vehicle 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. Volvo says a mild hybrid version of the vehicle will arrive in 2019.
Although diesels now emit more Carbon dioxide per kilometer than their petrol counterparts, Samuelson said hybridisation will help match figures achieved by diesels. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the U.S. market as well as overseas through exports. Volvo's decision to eliminate diesel engines from the S60's line up is in line with the company's electrification strategy, aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.
Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars' brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.