Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports saloon, is based on Volvo's in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which also underpins the new 90 Series and 60 Series cars.

Toyota has removed diesel from all of its cars, only now offering diesel versions of the Hilux pick-up truck, while Fiat Chrysler is expected to keep diesel options in just some of its largest vehicles, classing them as light commercial vehicles rather than cars.

Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring. In fact, all new Volvo vehicles produced from 2019 will be either mild hybrid petrol, plug-in petrol hybrid, or fully electric. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm. As Volvo's new Southern US plant will be the S60's sole production facility, that means the automaker will no longer offer a diesel engine in the model globally.

Volvo will never launch new diesel cars in the United Kingdom, according to new reports.

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.

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". The company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next year.

As well as market trends in Europe, the decision also reflects the key target market for the S60: the United States, where diesel accounts for a small percentage of sales. Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' new manufacturing facility in the USA state of SC. Samuelsson reiterated the company's commitment Wednesday with the announcement of the diesel death.