Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Volvo S60 will cut diesel option, debuts soon

Volvo S60 will cut diesel option, debuts soon

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. To this effect, the Swedish automaker "will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification". In a recent statement it confirmed there will be no diesel option for the new S60. Come 2019, every Volvo in the lineup will be available as a mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-powered electric vehicle.

The new S60 is yet to be revealed, but it will be based on the same platform as the V60 estate, which was launched earlier this year and is available with diesel engines.

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.

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Samuelsson told the FT: "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive".

In the case of the S60, it will offer a gas-only powertrain offering, as well as two plug-in hybrid offerings.

But this is not going to happen overnight, as Volvo expects fully-electric cars to account for just 50 percent of its global sales by 2025 and even that estimation is perhaps a bit ambitious. Volvo says a mild hybrid version of the vehicle will arrive in 2019.

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Samuelson said hybridisation could be the key to helping petrol cars match the Carbon dioxide emissions targets of diesel cars while offering superior fuel economy.

Volvo will produce the new S60 at its brand new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant.

The carmaker is also hoping to have at least 50 per cent new auto sales by 2025 to be electric vehicles.

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