Volvo's the latest to ditch diesel

Front of a Volvo hybrid car. The Swedish company is at the vanguard of the push to electrification. Phil Noble  Reuters

Front of a Volvo hybrid car. The Swedish company is at the vanguard of the push to electrification. Phil Noble Reuters

Volvo on Wednesday announced that from 2019 it will no longer launch cars fitted with diesel engines.

While diesel engines have not been a factor in Volvo's lineup in the USA for years, they've formed an important part of the company's business in other parts of the globe, including Europe.

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. In a recent statement it confirmed there will be no diesel option for the new S60.

Volvo, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely, has said it plans to offer only hybrid or full-electric motors on every new model launched from 2019.

However, the upcoming Volvo S60 marks a turning point, being the first modern-day auto from the manufacturer to not be offered with a diesel engine option.

The new S60 is confirmed to be initially available with a range of 4-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions.

Volvo Cars last month reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.

"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT. 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.

The transition Samuelsson is talking about won't happen overnight.

Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' brand new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.

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