It keeps getting bigger…
In a new development, the French authorities are turning the heat up on Renault, after a probe into vehicles emissions revealed that a number of their cars may be fitted with some sort of regulation defrauding device. This comes after a report was published by esteemed morning daily Le Figaro, which claimed that French regulators said that the implications of this development likened the marque to Volkswagen.
In the report, it claimed that early investigations by the relevant French regulators showed that some of Renault’s models were emitting as much at 10-times the permitted limit. Responding to these claims, Renault says the findings reported were “noted,” but has otherwise rubbished the claim that their cars are fitted with emissions cheating hardware. This makes the firm’s (alleged) approach different from the one taken by Volkswagen, which came with emissions-beating software.
The Le Figaro report went on to say that it may not just be Renault in the crosshairs, with a total of 52 models from Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota, Ford, and DS on the list of emissions-cheaters that preliminary investigations have revealed. Going back to Renault, this isn’t the first time that the company has been hit with allegations of this nature: In 2016, independent environmental lobbyists DUH claimed that their wildly-popular Espace MPV was chucking out as much as 25-times the legal amount of noxious gasses, though Renault returned the punch by saying that DUH’s testing did not fit federal standards, rendering the group’s emissions probe results worthless.
In an earlier report, Italian automaker Fiat and its brethren under the FCA umbrella were accused of fitting devices designed to dupe emissions regulators, with the 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the 500X crossover and the 3.0-litre turbodiesel in the Jeep Grand Cherokee (among others) coming under fire. These allegations were on two fronts, where the smaller oil-burner got flak from Germany, while the bigger engine was targeted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As for Volkswagen, the German automaker plead guilty to no less than three criminal charges, ranging from deception to fraud, as a result of the Dieselgate scandal. Six executives were also charged by the FBI in the process, while a US$4.3bil fine was handed to the company.
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