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Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

Volvo hasn't offered a diesel engine here for decades and it had no plans to return to the segment.

The exec also stated that Volvo won't develop a new generation of diesel engines.

"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT.

About 44 per cent of cars sold in Western Europe a year ago were equipped with diesel engines, down from a peak of 56 per cent in 2011, according to statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

In July 2017 Volvo was the first traditional auto maker to commit to all-out electrification, and from 2019 all models launched by the brand will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

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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.

Making a bold move toward achieving cleaner cars, Volvo Cars has announced that its upcoming new-gen Volvo S60 sedan will not have a diesel engine on offer.

Volvo says that this is the most comprehensive electrification strategy in the vehicle industry. In some markets, its powertrain options include a variety of turbodiesel engines, which include a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and two inline fives, in 2.0 and 2.4-liter displacement. "The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment", he has said. The company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next year.

Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars' brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.