Volvo sold 54,197 models worldwide from its S60 family last year, down from 61,941 in 2016, according to company data. Just 7,470 of those units were sold in Europe, down from 8,550 in 2016, figures from JATO show.
Last year, half of the S60s that Volvo sold in Europe were diesels, down from 65 percent in 2016, the company said.
S60 sales in the U.S. were 16,825, a drop from 20,921 in 2016, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Despite the decline, the U.S. still accounted for 25 percent of the S60's global volume, while Europe accounted for 20 percent, Volvo said. China was the sedan's top market last year, accounting for about half of the sedan's global sales, the company said.
The current version of the S60 has been on the market since 2010.
Production of the S60 will start at Volvo's factory near, Charleston, South Carolina, this autumn. The sedan will be build exclusively in the U.S.
Samuelsson told Automotive News Europe in March that the S60 will be targeted at a “younger, more dynamic audience” in the U.S., where he expects Volvo's mid-level R-Design trim line to be very popular.
“If you look at the customer base, it is much younger for smaller sedans. It's a really big difference.” He said that the S60 would be added to the Care by Volvo subscription scheme, which already includes the V60 and the XC40 compact SUV.
The S60's wagon sibling, the V60, which was unveiled in February, will also have a choice of two plug-in hybrid powertrains.
In Europe, the premium midsize wagon will offer the automaker's new T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 337 hp from its gasoline engine and electric motor. The second option is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid that delivers 386 hp. The T6 will not be offered in the U.S. U.S. customers will be offered only the T8 plug-in hybrid.
Deliveries of the V60 will start this summer in Europe and before year-end in China. The wagon will start being handed over to customers in the U.S. next spring.