Emission shock on the Renault front; “80 million euro” penalty on the table

Indicted in the investigation conducted in France, Renault may pay very serious compensation for interference that misleads its emissions results.

The emission scandal chain, which spread through Volkswagen in 2015 with a global impact, still continues to be on the agenda today. After the scandal of the Germany-based group that broke out in the United States, similar penalties in the European wing brought along the benchmark tests. Renault, which has been facing false emissions allegations in different parts of Europe since 2020, including its group partner Nissan, is guilty in the investigation conducted in its home country, France. case. The French manufacturer, which is accused of having a misleading device in emission tests, absolutely denies the allegations. On the other hand, the French judiciary began to highlight a net fine of 20 million euros. bile.

Renault; “All of our vehicles set off with the values ​​specified by legal limits”

When we look at the scope of the investigation carried out by the regional prosecutor’s office, we see that the shared figures are serious. As we saw in Volkswagen in the details, we see that with the use of misleading devices, emission values ​​as high as 10 times the legal limit can be achieved, which separates laboratory data from real world data. Renault, on the other hand, continues to take a confident stance regarding the litigation process that started in 2017 and gained a new dimension in 2019. In the statement made by the company; “As Renault, we reject the existence of any crime in this regard. No action is taken on the vehicles to mislead the emission tests. All our vehicles always set off according to applicable laws and regulations.” was stated.

Making a statement to Reuters about the process, Gilles Le Borgne, Head of the Engineering Department, points out that the working principle of the nitrous oxide system, which is considered misleading within the scope of the investigation, is different. Le Borgne stated that at that time, cars were equipped with a pollution prevention technology known as the “NOx trap”, which works optimally only at low speeds, in line with limitations rather than misleading software. Le Borgne, pointing out the process regarding the Volkswagen case; “None of the things we see at Volkswagen apply to Renault. We have never used deceptive devices in our vehicles.” he stated.

It is not clear how many cars will be affected by the scope of the investigation carried out by the French prosecutors. It is noteworthy that the engines included in the research date back to the 2009 model year. As of 2008, Renault had opened the technology, which it called the “nitrogen oxide trap”, to trial in restricted regions of France and Germany. It is also noted that 36 different patents were obtained at that time for the system used in diesel engines.

According to sources, a net penalty of 20 million euros is at the door for Renault in the first stage. The French manufacturer may be asked to create a source of 60 million euros for the grievances to be determined in the next process. Considering that Renault, which is currently undergoing an important electrical transformation, had a difficult year under the influence of the Coronavirus, possible penalties also have a significant impact on the brand.

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