Volvo Cars to eliminate diesel engines from the new S60 sedan

Volvo Cars to eliminate diesel engines from the new S60 sedan

Geely also controls Volvo's breakaway performance vehicle brand, Polestar, Lynk&Co and black taxi maker LEVC - all of which are pioneering EV technology and new sales and ownership models.

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.

Nothing was mentioned about Volvo's plans with regard to the medium form of electrification - hybrid powertrains (HEVs) with a high-voltage battery that can not be charged externally, like Toyota's and Lexus' Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Today Volvo chief executive Hakan Samuelsson will tell the Financial Times' Future of the Car Summit, in London, that diesel will no longer feature in its product plans in a strategy which will get underway with the new S60 saloon. "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". "The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment", he has said.

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

It will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions.

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.

The new car's global production base will be in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the USA market as well as overseas through exports. So your next S60 saloon will not only be missing a diesel, but made Stateside, too.

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