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Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60”

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 sedan as the shift to electrified cars takes shape.

At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said that the company aims for pure electric vehicles to make up 50 per cent of sales by 2025. Mild hybrid versions (48V) will follow next year, the press release reads.

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.

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.

As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.

Volvo is jumping onto the anti-diesel bandwagon, the Swedish carmaker announcing that it plans to completely eliminate diesel engines from its line-up.

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. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will cease to offer diesel versions for its Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati brands by 2022, as Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne sees hybrid vehicles as the way to meet goals on Carbon dioxide reduction - with diesel sales unlikely to recover.

Volvo says the new S60 will be launched later this spring, with production to start this autumn. Interestingly, the plant will be the sole hub for the S60, meaning US -built S60s will be sold worldwide.

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

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.



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