Renault factories investigated in suspicious relation with VW Emission scandal; CO2 and NOx emissions were too high but no defeat device software found
In the light of the ongoing Volkswagen emission gate that affected millions of VW Group cars worldwide, Renault confirmed that 25 of its models had thoroughly gone through emission scrutiny before police probed the factories of the French manufacturer with alleged connection to the cheating scandal. The police conducted raid this past week at Renault three facilities in order to correlate with the technical findings of an independent commission. The leading French car maker’s headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, Technocentre in Guyancourt and Technical Centre in Lardy were reported to be under investigation by local unions before being affirmed by the company itself.
Market shares of the French manufacturer declined by over 10 percent as environmental officials divulged that its diesel engines have exceeded carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission levels but to the relief no cheating software had been found in the tested French and foreign vehicles the company sell. The raids have been targeted at the ECUs(Engine Control Unit) and material checks were carried out with some of the company’s electronic equipment were seized by the fraud investigators. Before the raid, the UTAC (French Homologation Authority mandated by the Ministry) officials performed emission tests on 25 Renault models which enabled productive outcome with the company’s engineering team.
The French Homologation Authority currently examines 100 vehicles in relation to the emission cheating scandal instigated by the detection of defeat device software that alters emission last September. Renault is appreciate of the French Agency for Energy and Climate (DGEC) organisation and says the investigations will help improve its emission strategies whilst it won’t hide away from further stringent legislations and framework in the markets it competes in.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil suit against Volkswagen AG that includes Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi, on 4th January under violations of the Clean Air Act. In the wake of this, the CARB(California Air Resources Board) rejected proposed technical solutions by Volkswagen to fix about 600,000 cars equipped with 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines in the U.S. Germany’s environmental authorities from KBA announced late last year that more than 20 automobile manufacturers will be investigated because of the shocking diesel emission gate.