Volvo Cars discontinues production of diesel engine vehicles

2019 Volvo models will no longer offer diesel engine variants

Volvo Cars will no longer use diesel engines, starting with the new S60 sedan, to be launched on a later date.

All new 2019 Volvo models will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle. This comprehensive move highlights the company’s commitment to a long-term future beyond traditional combustion engine.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”

At the recent 2018 Beijing Motor Show, Volvo Cars reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports sedan, is based on Volvo’s in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which also underpins the company’s award-winning new 90 Series and 60 Series cars.

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. Mild hybrid versions will follow next year.