Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly. In a recent statement it confirmed there will be no diesel option for the new S60. The S60's estate version, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.
It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every vehicle it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power.
Today Volvo chief executive Hakan Samuelsson will tell the Financial Times' Future of the Car Summit, in London, that diesel will no longer feature in its product plans in a strategy which will get underway with the new S60 saloon.
The new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions. "The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment".
Samuelsson told the FT: "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive". Mild hybrid options will debut next year.
The decision to make a diesel-free S60 doesn't affect Americans.
In August previous year the Geely-owned Swedish auto manufacturer publicised its target of selling one million electrified vehicles, stating that all of its new products will include an element of EV technology from 2019. Samuelsson reiterated the company's commitment Wednesday with the announcement of the diesel death.
Volvo aims to have at least 50 per cent of its sales come from electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.