Volvo snubs diesels

Diesel engines are “complicated and expensive” to engineer to meet future emissions regulations, according to Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. Volvo will no longer launch diesels in any new models, and Samuelsson believes it is “better to go with hybrids” to make a significant cut in CO2 emissions ahead of increasingly strict legislative targets.

Mercedes foregrounds sustainability 

Mercedes must demonstrate to its customers that it is a sustainable, modern luxury brand if it is to thrive in the future, according to the firm’s chief executive, Ola Källenius. “The concept of building beautiful machines is no longer enough,” he said. “Our cars must be sustainable, not just in terms of emissions on the road, but also in terms of their manufacturing.”

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