Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

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Geely also controls Volvo's breakaway performance auto brand, Polestar, Lynk&Co and black taxi maker LEVC - all of which are pioneering EV technology and new sales and ownership models.

Instead, the S60 will be launched with a choice of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with mild-hybrid versions to follow next year.

The manufacturer previously suggested that its current generation of diesel engines could be its last, and announced previous year that all its new cars launched from 2019 would have an element of electric drive, either with a hybrid or fully electric powertrain.

Toyota has removed diesel from all of its cars, only now offering diesel versions of the Hilux pick-up truck, while Fiat Chrysler is expected to keep diesel options in just some of its largest vehicles, classing them as light commercial vehicles rather than cars. Today, it announced that the new S60, which will be built in South Carolina, USA, will not be offered with diesel engines.

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"We're not saying diesel is more dirty", Samuelsson told the FT ahead of the speech, "But it's more complicated and more expensive".

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports saloon, is based on Volvo's in-house-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the company's award-winning new 90 series and 60 series cars. Volvo says a mild hybrid version of the vehicle will arrive in 2019. 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.

A switch away from diesel cars could cause problems for authorities trying to meet Carbon dioxide emissions targets, as petrol cars typically emit more Carbon dioxide.

Last month, 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.

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