Dieselgate: what about French PSA and Renault investigation?
Posted On June 20, 2018
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Just like Volkswagen, PSA and Renault are at the centre of the French Public Health Court’s investigation on diesel fraud. They are suspected to have altered their diesel car’s NOx emissions during the homologation tests. French journal Le Monde had a look into the court files to see how far the investigation progressed.
After the imprisonment of Audi’s CEO last Monday in Germany, CEOs of PSA and Renault, Carlos Tavares and Ghosn, could in theory fear the same happening to them. Their companies are indeed under investigation for diesel engine fraud by the French Public Health Court.
The French Automobile and Transport Superior Institute (ISAT) has been put in charge of doing complementary tests to those already done by the Automobile Motorcycle and Cycle Technical Union (UTAC) and the French Petrol and New Energy Institute (Ifpen). These tests are to determine whether fraudulent systems have been used to pass anti-pollution tests.
Until now, the investigation progresses at a slow pace. Experts from the ISAT are analyzing the files and have done a series of tests. “The content and information from the documents given to us is, for now, insufficient to provide a reliable and detailed transcript of the strategies employed, and they don’t allow us to draw strong conclusions”, says the confidential report.
Numerous cars have been commandeered such as Peugeot 5008s, Renault Captures and Clios. The experts are particularly interested in Renault’s ‘NOx trap’, a cheap anti-pollution system chosen by the brand.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile is also under investigation but the judges have asked the Italian company for some clarification. According to them, some documents are in contradiction with others. The ISAT’s final report should be done by November. Once it is finished, the judges will be able to proceed to the CEO’s audition and the eventual indictments.
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