Last diesel Volvo car (XC90) rolls off the production line in Torslanda, SwedenLast diesel Volvo car (XC90) rolls off the production line in Torslanda, Sweden


Volvo officially drops diesel with XC90 as manufacturer’s final derv car

  • End of an era as Volvo bids farewell to diesel engines
  • XC90 at Torslanda plant marks final swerv from derv
  • Manufacturer aiming for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

Time 3:02 pm, March 27, 2024

Volvo has officially said goodbye to diesel.

The Swedish manufacturer announced its intention to drop diesel at Climate Week NYC last September and it’s now become a reality.

Its plant in Ghent, Belgium, made its final diesel-powered car – a V60 – early last month, and now the sister factory in Torslanda, Sweden, has turned out its last XC90 diesel car.

The Geely-owned firm said both events marked a huge milestone in its 97-year history, adding that the move heralded ‘a big step towards our ambitions of becoming a fully electric car maker, as well as achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040’.

It said the success of its diesel cars had ‘played a significant role in our evolution into a premium brand’ but pointed out: ‘In recent years, the electric revolution has evolved quicker than most of us could have imagined.’

The main drivers had been a tightening of regulations concerning exhaust emissions, customer demand in response to the climate crisis plus a desire for cleaner urban air, said the carmaker.

Five years ago, most of the cars it sold in Europe ran on diesel, with electric models just starting to build momentum.

But today, most of its sales on the continent are electrified cars.

‘Last year, we increased our sales of fully electric cars by 70% and our global electric market share by 34%,’ it said.

‘The figures speak for themselves, underscoring that the all-electric direction we’re now heading towards is the right one to take, and we do so with our flag held high.’

Volvo added: ‘While our future indeed is fully electric, our mixed portfolio includes some excellent plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid models, which will act as a perfect bridge towards that future.’

The XC90 is scheduled to be replaced by the battery-electric EX90, but Volvo said production of the SUV was still continuing as a petrol and plug-in hybrid, and will continue to be sold alongside the EX90 for the foreseeable future, it told Car Dealer.

Milestones in Volvo’s diesel history

1979: Volvo’s first diesel car is launched – the 244 GL D6

2001: Launch of V70, boasting Volvo’s first self-built diesel engine

2008: Volvo launches its Drive-E lineup, featuring small but highly efficient 1.6-litre diesel engines

2012: Volvo V60 D6 plug-in hybrid is launched – the world’s first plug-in hybrid fitted with a diesel engine

2013: For the second time in history, Volvo launches a completely self-built diesel engine family – the Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA)

2023: Volvo moves away from combustion engines by selling its stake in Aurobay – the combustion engine joint-venture company it has with Geely Holding

This article was originally published at 3.02pm on March 27 and updated at 11.26am on March 28 to reflect the fact that production of the XC90 is continuing for the time being in other engine formats

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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