Volvo to eliminate diesel engines completely

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Volvo to eliminate diesel engines completely

Volvo will be revealing its new S60 sedan in a matter of weeks.

All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle. Even the XC40 and the recently launched V60 estate have D3 and D4 variants in their respective line-ups.

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.

As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.

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.

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will cease to offer diesel versions for its Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati brands by 2022, as Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne sees hybrid vehicles as the way to meet goals on Carbon dioxide reduction - with diesel sales unlikely to recover. The announcement was made at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the world's leading market for electrified cars.

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. Still, as 48-volt hybrids can only lower fuel consumption and Carbon dioxide emissions by 5 to 10 percent, and the Twin Engine variants are reserved for those who have a fairly big budget, the HEV models might be the most viable alternative for long-distance drivers.

Volvo says the new S60 will be launched later this spring, with production to start this autumn.

Volvo's move is still a significant one, however, because it contrasts with fresh support for diesel power from rival brands. Specific options for the United States will be announced at a later date.

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