The PSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroën and DS, has been accused of the illegal use of broadcasts of cheating software in Euro 5-spec diesel vehicles.
According to reports published in the French newspaper le Monde, “at least” 1,914,965 diesel vehicles could be affected by the software.
If the value is true, the PSA could be subject to fines totalling nearly € 5 billion. It would be embroil PSA in a diesel emissions the scandal that came to light in 2015 with Volkswagen Dieselgate case.
The claims against SAP are published in a report of the European Union directorate general for competition, consumption and fraud prevention. PSA said that it had not already had access to the report and that it was therefore unable to respond to specific requests.
“[PSA] is in conformity with the regulations in all the countries where it operates and its vehicles have never been equipped with software or systems that allow to detect the tests of compliance, and enable a pollutant treatment device that would be inactive during use by customers,” the company said in an official statement.
“[The PSA] is the only automobile manufacturer worldwide to have implemented a total transparency regarding consumption and the CO2 emissions of its models in real conditions of use. This approach will be extended to emissions of nitrogen oxides by the end of 2017. The results of the 400 measures covering 60 models (80% of European sales) are available on the brands website.”
PSA has reserved the right to file a complaint for breach of confidentiality.
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