Starting from 2019 even European motorists won't be able to buy a diesel Volvo.
Last July, Volvo announced that all its models launched from 2019 onwards would feature some form of electrification, with a further announcement last month that it expected 50 percent of its total sales to be made up of fully electric models by 2025. The carmaker's latest move towards improving emissions is to stop production of all diesel variants across all models. "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
This is not exactly a huge issue here in the States were the current range is already gas and hybrid only, but it will significantly affect European customers where diesel cars still make up a significant portion of sales there. The new S60 mid-sized premium sedan which will be built here at the brand-new Charleston, South Carolina, manufacturing facility is the first model to offer no diesel-engined alternative. Samuelsson went on to confirm that Volvo would be phasing out cars with solely internal combustion engines and that the gas/hybrid versions such as the S60 were a transitional step towards full electrification.
The V60, which is an estate version of the S60 was released earlier this year and both cars share the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that underpins the 90 series cars as well. This common platform also means that most of the models in Volvo's range share many interchangeable components, including powertrains so the shift to hybrid and fully electric power may take place rather quickly. The powertrains for the new S60 will initially comprise of a range of four-cylinder Drive-E gas engines as well as two gas plug-in hybrids with mild hybrids to follow later in the year. The exact specs for US models have yet to be announced.