Volvo will bring diesel engines as well as diesel-hybrids to North America in the future says the company’s North American CEO. Doug Speck made the comments to Automotive News, as the automaker is faced with the same lofty corporate fuel economy standards as the rest of the industry, which will see automakers average 35.5 mpg by 2016.
Volvo has already announced a plug-in hybrid vehicle will arrive in Europe in 2012 (shown in prototype form above) and while this car is expected to make its way to North America shortly thereafter, no time frame has been given.
We’re more likely to see diesel-powered models (which are big sellers for Volvo in Europe) much sooner as the technology is already here – and has been for some time. It continues to improve, however, and at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, Volvo had on display its C30 1.6D DRIVe model, which gets an incredible 74.3 mpg.
[Source: Automotive News via LeftLaneNews]