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16 May 2018, 04:52 | Joann Bryant
Volvo to eliminate diesel engines completely
Volvo has confirmed it will be introducing the all-new 2019 Volvo S60 sedan during this second quarter very soon, and it will be the first Volvo not offering a diesel engine option.
Volvo has also confirmed that all of its new models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, said: "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines".
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 is jumping onto the anti-diesel bandwagon, the Swedish carmaker announcing that it plans to completely eliminate diesel engines from its line-up.
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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. A mild hybrid option will launch next year. The S60's estate version, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.
"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT.
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.
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. The new car's global production base will be in Charleston, South Carolina.
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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