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Volvo hammers another nail into diesel’s coffin

Announces that all-new S60 will no longer have oil-burner option

In the meantime, Volvo will use petrol plug-in hybrids. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

The past several months have not been kind to diesel engines. After a court gave cities the legal right to ban diesel cars in Germany in February, followed by Toyota revealing in March that it would no longer sell diesel vehicles in Europe, here comes Swedish automaker Volvo announcing that the upcoming third-generation S60 sedan will be the first model in company history to not offer a single diesel variant.

In fact, Volvo disclosed that each one of its new models arriving from 2019 onward “will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery-electric vehicle.” You will recall that Volvo boldly declared its commitment to full electrification back in July 2017.

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

So there, guys. Volvo is officially saying goodbye to the diesel engine. Expect more car manufacturers to follow suit in the coming days.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.