Renault In Hot Water Over Euro Emissions
Renault In Hot Water Over Euro Emissions

Renault In Hot Water Over Euro Emissions


Renault may have become embroiled in an emissions cheating scandal of its own as French authorities have targeted the car-maker's Captur and Clio models in a report which claims \"the company used a strategy aimed at distorting the results of anti-pollution tests\".

\n

French newspaper Liberation published the report, which was highlighted by quotes from the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) – France's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) equivalent.

\n

Three of the manufacturer's operating centres – including its Paris headquarters – were targeted in raids by French authorities in early 2016 regarding the alleged issue.

\n

\"Renault SAS has misled consumers on the checks carried out and in particular the regulatory control of the approval on pollutant emissions,\" the report said.

\n

According to the excerpts, diesel versions of the Captur crossover and Clio hatchback – which adhere to Euro 6 and Euro 5 regulations respectively – were found to emit up to 377 per cent more NOx emissions than the designated threshold, prompting the investigation into Renault's alleged cheating.

\n

While none of the vehicles in question were sold in Australia, three French magistrates will preside over the case as part of a Parisian judicial inquiry that commenced on January 12.

\n

The brand released a statement saying it has \"acknowledged the publication of an unbalanced national newspaper article related to the ‘emission' case\" and that \"this article alleges to quote selected excerpts from a report drafted by the DGCCRF.

\n

\"Groupe Renault reminds that none of its services has breached European or national regulations related to vehicle homologations. Renault vehicles are not equipped with cheating software affecting anti-pollution systems.\"

\n

Beyond insisting on its innocence, the car-maker declined to comment any further on the current enquiry, declaring that the investigation is \"confidential by nature\".

\n

\"As a consequence, Renault cannot confirm the veracity, completeness and reliability of the information published in said article,\" it said.

\n

\"Renault will prove its compliance with the regulations and reserves its explanations for the judges in charge of investigating this case.\"

\n

An issue with emissions filtration at particular temperatures led to a European recall for 15,000 diesel-powered Capturs in January last year.

\n

Meanwhile, Renault's 1.6-litre diesel Espace people-mover came under fire in November 2015 for emitting up to 25 times the legal limit when undergoing independent emissions testing in Switzerland.

\n

However, the company immediately dismissed the findings as \"the test procedures used… (were) not all compliant with European regulations\".

\n

If Renault was found guilty of emissions cheating, would it turn you off purchasing one of their vehicles? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

\n

Related Article
LDV T60 2017 accessory range revealed
Marcus Craft - 16 October 2017
Ferrari confirms SUV plans
Tim Nicholson - 16 October 2017
Holden's manufacturing history: 1856-2017
Ron Hammerton - 14 October 2017
Hyundai ute could arrive by 2020
2020 - 13 October 2017
Toyota Fortuner 2017 pricing and spec confirmed
Justin Hilliard - 13 October 2017
The CarsGuide Podcast, ep. 4
CarsGuide team - 11 October 2017
Range Rover 2018 revealed ahead of March debut
Justin Hilliard - 11 October 2017
Nissan Patrol 2017 pricing and spec confirmed
Justin Hilliard - 9 October 2017
Hyundai Kona 2017 pricing and spec confirmed
Justin Hilliard - 9 October 2017
Toyota RAV4 2017 pricing and spec confirmed
Tung Nguyen - 9 October 2017
Holden 'OnStar' confirmed for 2019 launch
Ron Hammerton - 6 October 2017
Is this the next evolution of the showroom?
Nedahl Stelio - 6 October 2017
Latest Car News Australia CarsGuide
Home Page