Volvo S60 sales suspended

Volvo has halted sales of its S60 saloon model as it re-evaluates its line-up.

The BMW 3 Series rival launched in 2019, alongside the V60 estate. The V60 remains on sale.

Volvo said no decision has been made about future model plans and issued a statement, which read: “We’re continually re-evaluating our product portfolio and as part of this process have temporarily removed the S60 from sale in the UK.”

The S60 is produced at Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which is set to build the brand’s new flagship EX90 electric SUV and the new Polestar 3. The V60, which is mechanically similar to the S60, is produced in Torslanda, Sweden, and in Ghent, Belgium.

Sales figures, released by Jato Dynamics (which combines S60 and V60 sales), show that the cars have suffered a 51% drop in registrations so far this year.

Following the introduction of its first electric car, the XC40 Recharge, Volvo embarked on a range simplification exercise, cutting the number of derivatives from more than 200 to 60. It removed conventional petrol and diesel engines across the majority of its line-up, focusing instead on mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

For the 60 and 90 series models, a new plug-in hybrid battery was introduced last year, which boosted the zero-emission capability to more than 40 miles, reducing the benefit-in-kind tax to 8%.

Electrification will become increasingly more prevalent in the Volvo line-up and all Volvos will be fully electric by 2030.

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