Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volvo Cars to eliminate diesel from the new S60 Saloon

Volvo Cars to eliminate diesel from the new S60 Saloon

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The S60 is set to be revealed next month and production for the saloon is set to start this autumn at Volvo Car's SC plant, which will be the only site to build the model.

That's because there will be no diesel option in the range for the first time.

The company reiterated its goal of launching only electrified models starting next year.

"Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

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

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

Volvo says this move highlights its "commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine", although petrol power is not being given up on just yet as future models will still offer a choice between "mild hybrid" petrol, plug-in hybrid petrol and full electric power.

The S60 will be the last Volvo to launch with conventional, non-hybridised petrol engines as the mild-hybrid derivatives are only expected to come on stream in 2019.

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will cease to offer diesel versions for its Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati brands by 2022, as Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne sees hybrid vehicles as the way to meet goals on Carbon dioxide reduction - with diesel sales unlikely to recover. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm. Interestingly, the plant will be the sole hub for the S60, meaning US -built S60s will be sold worldwide. So your next S60 saloon will not only be missing a diesel, but made Stateside, too.

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