Volvo S60 won't offer a diesel engine

Volvo S60 won't offer a diesel engine

While diesel engines have not been a factor in Volvo's lineup in the U.S. for years, they've formed an important part of the company's business in other parts of the globe, including Europe.

Hakan Samuelsson explains that the future of Volvo "is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines".

Instead, they will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

Although diesels now emit more Carbon dioxide per kilometer than their petrol counterparts, Samuelson said hybridisation will help match figures achieved by diesels.

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

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Production of the S60 will start later this year at Volvo's new plant near Charleston, South Carolina. A mild hybrid option will launch next year.

Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly.

The S60, which is based on the same SPA chassis technology as the V60 and the larger S90, V90 and XC90, will be launched with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid edition. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the United States market as well as overseas through exports. Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' new manufacturing facility in the USA state of SC.

It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every auto it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power.

A switch away from diesel cars could cause problems for authorities trying to meet Carbon dioxide emissions targets, as petrol cars typically emit more Carbon dioxide.

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