Peugeot, Citroen and Renault cleared in VW-esque vehicle emissions probe
French car makers, Peugeot, Citroen and Renault have been cleared after investigators inspected facilities to look into their vehicle emissions technology.
PEUGEOT, CITROEN AND RENAULT have been publicly cleared after investigations by French authorities into their vehicle emissions technologies. The investigations into the three companies saw billions of euros wiped off their respective values with a suspected cloud hanging over the companies in the wake of VW’s cheating on emissions tests in the US.
All three car makers offer frugal diesel engines with low emissions and, so, investigations were launched into PSA Peugeot/Citroen by the French government’s technical committee which was led by French environment minister, Ségolène Royal.
In a statement, PSA Peugeot/Citroen said “These results attest to the absence of anomalies on PSA Peugeot Citroën vehicles.
“The purpose of the tests, which were carried out by French testing laboratory UTAC, was to verify vehicle compliance with regard to pollutant emissions. The test results confirm the validity of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s choices in terms of pollutant emission treatment technology.
“These initial results also confirm the effectiveness of the BlueHDi after-treatment system, which includes selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology positioned upstream of the particulate filter, to treat the nitrogen oxides (NOx) released by diesel engines. This technology has been deployed on all of the Group’s Euro6 vehicles since late 2013.”
Renault has also been cleared, although it was being investigated by France’s General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF). Renault said, “no evidence of a defeat device equipping Renault vehicles”.
French environment minister, Ségolène Royal who had ordered emissions tests on French and foreign made cars said, “Shareholders and employees should be reassured,” adding that only Volkswagen vehicles had been found to contain defeat-device software. Ouch. However, Royal did say that preliminary results showed that emissions exceeded limits on some Renault and other makers vehicles, and that these were being further investigated. On the other hand, no anomalies had been discovered in PSA Peugeot/Citroen vehicles.
French authorities had been looking into the way the French car makers and others used exhaust emissions technology.