Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

New-Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

Diesel's demise in Europe, the main market for the engine type, is accelerating with Volvo Cars saying it won't be offered for the upcoming S60 saloon as the shift to electrified cars takes shape.

The manufacturer previously suggested that its current generation of diesel engines could be its last, and announced past year that all its new cars launched from 2019 would have an element of electric drive, either with a hybrid or fully electric powertrain. He did admit that a major advantage of diesel was long-range driving and low fuel consumption, but countered that the same benefits could now be achieved by the new generation of 48-volt mild-hybrids, which use electric starter-generator motors to help power the car's engine for short bursts, but come without the weight and complication of more conventional hybrids.

Production of the S60 will start later this year at Volvo's new plant near Charleston, South Carolina.

Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring.

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

Volvo to eliminate diesel engines completely

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

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. A mild hybrid option will launch next year.

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

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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