Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

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Back in February Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson confirmed the company has stopped allocating capital to the development of new internal combustion engines, both diesel and gasoline.

Volvo is jumping onto the anti-diesel bandwagon, the Swedish carmaker announcing that it plans to completely eliminate diesel engines from its line-up.

That said, even petrol engines will eventually be phased out, with Volvo referring to the hybrid models as a "transitional" stepping stone on the road to full electrification.

Volvo will be revealing its new S60 sedan in a matter of weeks.

The manufacturer previously suggested that its current generation of diesel engines could be its last, and announced a year ago that all its new cars launched from 2019 would have an element of electric drive, either with a hybrid or fully electric powertrain.

However, the upcoming Volvo S60 marks a turning point, being the first modern-day auto from the manufacturer to not be offered with a diesel engine option.

Volvo S60
VOLVOThis will begin when the carmaker launches a new version of the S60 in the next few weeks

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".

Instead, Volvo will launch the next-generation S60 with four-cylinder engines and two plug-in hybrid powertrains. In fact, Volvo was the first traditional vehicle maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017. Mild hybrid versions will follow next year.

The decision to make a diesel-free S60 doesn't affect Americans.

The transition Samuelsson is talking about won't happen overnight. Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' new manufacturing facility in the USA state of SC.

Volvo aims to have at least 50 per cent of its sales come from electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.

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