Renault faces fresh accusations of emissions test cheating

Renault was accused by the investigators of cheating the emissions test for as long as 25 years, according to a French newspaper.

French consumer protection agency DGCCRF has said that alongside falsifying emissions tests for more than two decades, the auto manufacturer of top managers, including the boss, Carlos Ghosn, you probably are aware of.

The allegations come from a report published by the French newspaper Liberation, in which the agency suspected the Renault of using a device in a way similar to the Volkswagen, then the engine should meet the oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in the matter of pollution. The report names two of the models, the Captur and Mk4 Clio, as pollutants 300% more than their results to the test under real-world conditions.

The charges follow allegations made earlier this year that the Renault had been cheating the diesel emissions test. At the time, Renault said that its vehicles “are compatible with the applicable standards. Renault vehicles are not equipped with cheating software that affect anti-pollution systems”.

The report published today, said: “The auto manufacturer misled consumers over the checks carried out and, in particular, on the regulations of certification of the emissions of pollutants.

“The results give rise to suspicions that a special device, change the engine performance and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions during the specific conditions of the certification tests.”

Renault has denied the allegations of the emissions of cheating.

The company said: “Groupe Renault has confirmed the publication of a biased national newspaper article related to the issue in that case. This article argues that, to quote some extracts from a report made by the DGCCRF.

“Groupe Renault does not comment on a current investigation, the last character is reserved, and Renault still have access to the case. As a result, the Renault can not confirm the truthfulness, completeness and reliability of the information contained in the said article.

“Renault will demonstrate its compliance with the regulations and the reserves of the explanations for the magistrates in charge of investigating this case. Groupe Renault recalls that none of the services has violated the European or national regulations related to vehicle type-approvals. Renault vehicles are not equipped with cheating software that affect anti-pollution systems.”

It added that it was “in full cooperation with the Judges in the context of an investigation which places, among the European authorities and the member states, the problems of interpretation of the rules governing the conditions of the vehicle type approvals”.

In the first probe by French investigators reported in January of this year, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), alongside Renault, they were also reported to have been referred to the public prosecutor, to the French as a result of an investigation that has found abnormal emissions of nitrogen oxide pollutants in their vehicles.

At this time, an FCA spokesman told Reuters that the diesels were fully compliant with the current emissions requirements and has said that while it had reservations about the tests performed, is to cooperate with the investigation.

In the meantime, while the Volkswagen is still not fixed some of the machines of the customers, in order to decrease NOx levels, global boss Matthias Müller has said yesterday that owners who claim that the brand name of the motor fixes that have negatively influenced their cars will face the company in court.