Renault Group has been forced to issue a statement denying that any of its vehicles are equipped with software designed to cheat emissions tests. Today’s edition of French newspaper Liberation cites a report allegedly drafted by the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), which “highlights Renault’s behaviour in terms of polluting emissions and is severe.”
In January, reports emerged that Renault would be investigated by French prosecutors in the wake of the massive Volkswagen emissions scandal, for alleged cheating on emissions tests on diesel models. Fiat Chrysler has also come under fire in similar circumstances, having been accused by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) of using illegal software to mask diesel emissions in certain vehicles – the company has been refused an EPA permit to sell 2017 diesel vehicles in the US. Last year Renault recalled 15,000 diesel models following its admission that its emissions filtering system didn’t work under all temperature scenarios, with premises across France raided by investigators in January, but has denied any wrongdoing.
“Groupe Renault has acknowledged the publication of an unbalanced national newspaper article related to the ’emission’ case. This article alleges to quote selected excerpts from a report drafted by the DGCCRF,” the automaker said this morning. “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.”