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Renault recalls 15,000 diesel Capturs in Europe
Tweak time: Renault’s diesel engine recall on Captur is confined to Europe as only petrol variants are sold in Australia.
Emissions tests reveal some diesel Renault Capturs don’t filter emissions below 17C
20 January 2016
RENAULT has recalled about 15,000 Captur compact SUVs in Europe to fix
emissions filtering systems of dCi110 diesel engines to improve emissions
performance at certain temperatures.
The recall does not affect Captur in Australia as the engine is not sold here.
Renault said the recall involved diesel Capturs built between July and
September last year. It said the fault had been discovered and rectified on the
production line in September, and thus did not affect the most recent diesel
Renault says the vehicles are compliant with European emissions regulations and
do not have Volkswagen-style cheat software, but it nevertheless wants to offer
customers an improved emissions system.
While emissions tests for vehicle certification in Europe are done at
temperatures between 20C and 30C, the Captur’s system was found to have been
calibrated so that NOx and sulphur are only filtered between 17C to 35C.
Temperatures in northern France are frequently below 17C in winter, autumn and
Renault also reconfirmed that it is planning to offer other Renault Euro 6
diesel owners a software patch for the latest Euro 6-compliant diesel engines
to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions.
It denied European media reports that about 700,000 Renault vehicles would be
in line for the voluntary software patch, but it did not disclose its own
estimate of how many would be affected.
Renault Australia corporate communications and sponsorship manager Emily
Fadeyev said the local Renault branch had no word on whether the software patch
would be offered in Australia, but she could rule out the Captur recall for
Only petrol engines – the turbocharged three-cylinder TCE90 and four-cylinder
TCE120 – are offered in Captur in Australia.
As GoAuto has previously reported, Renault is one of several motor companies to
come under the scrutiny of the French Homologation Society which was in the
process of testing 100 vehicles, including 25 Renaults.
In a statement released on January 14, Renault said that by the end of
December, four Renault vehicles had been tested and cleared of any cheat
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