Volvo will never launch new diesel cars in the United Kingdom, according to new reports.
"We're not saying diesel is more dirty", Samuelsson told the FT ahead of the speech, "But it's more complicated and more expensive". Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only.
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 S60's wagon sibling, the V60, was unveiled earlier this year.
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's decision to eliminate diesel engines from the S60's line up is in line with the company's electrification strategy, aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.
The upcoming S60 sedan will come powered by a mix of four cylinder petrol Drive-E engines and hybrid powertrains. Volvo says a mild hybrid version of the auto will arrive in 2019.
Speaking to the FT, Hakan said the only advantage diesels now have for drivers is better fuel economy, but "you can get that back with a mild-hybrid engine".
Volvo says the new S60 will be launched later this spring, with production to start this autumn. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the USA market as well as overseas through exports. Specific options for the United States will be announced at a later date.
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