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Renault hit with emissions cheating allegations
Captur’d: Renault is being accused of emissions cheating after the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) allegedly found higher than standard emissions output on its Captur and Clio vehicles.
French authorities claim Renault’s Captur and Clio exceed emissions standards
16 March 2017
RENAULT has been accused of emissions cheating in its Captur crossover and Clio
hatchback from French authorities as a report has surfaced claiming “the
company used a strategy aimed at distorting the results of anti-pollution
Published in French publication Liberation, excerpts of the report are
attributed to the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and
Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) – the French equivalent to the Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission – and comes after raids in early 2016 at three of
Renault’s operating centres, including its headquarters in Paris.
“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.
According to the findings, the diesel-powered Captur and Clio – which run on
Euro 6 and Euro 5 emissions standards respectively – emits up to 377 per cent
more NOx emissions than the regulatory threshold, leading to suspicions of a
A Parisian judicial inquiry was opened on January 12 where three magistrates
will oversee proceedings and none of the alleged affected vehicles are sold in
Renault has reaffirmed its innocence, stating 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.
“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.”
The French brand refused to comment further on the ongoing investigation,
stating that the case is “confidential by nature”.
“As a consequence, Renault cannot confirm the veracity, completeness and
reliability of the information published in said article,” it said.
“Renault will prove its compliance with the regulations and reserves its
explanations for the judges in charge of investigating this case.”
In January last year, Renault recalled 15,000 oil-burning Capturs for a fault
in emissions filtration at certain temperatures.
Independent emissions testing in Switzerland in November 2015 found Renault’s
1.6-litre diesel Espace people-mover emitted up to 25 times to legal limit, but
the French brand stated at the time that “the test procedures used… are not all
compliant with European regulations”.
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