Volvo Cars: geen diesel voor nieuwe S60

De nieuwe Volvo S60 – die later dit jaar verschijnt – is het eerste model van Volvo dat niet met een dieselmotor leverbaar wordt. Daarmee benadrukt Volvo zijn toewijding aan een duurzame toekomst na de traditionele verbrandingsmotor.

Alle nieuwe modellen die Volvo vanaf 2019 op de markt brengt, zijn voorzien van een (plug-in-) hybride aandrijflijn met een benzinemotor of een batterij-elektrische aandrijflijn. Dit is de meest volledige elektrificatiestrategie in de auto-industrie tot op heden. Volvo Cars was in 2017 de eerste traditionele autofabrikant die zich aan volledige elektrificatie committeerde.

Lees het volledige Engelstalige persbericht:

“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.”

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. The announcement was made at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, positioning it as a powerful player in China, the world’s leading market for electrified cars.

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 S60’s estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.

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.

Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars’ brand new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing  location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the US market as well as overseas through exports.