Dieselgate continues to soar in the skies of the global automotive industry. Renault was indicted on Tuesday June 8 by the Paris Judicial Court for deception as part of the judicial investigation opened in France in 2017 on polluting emissions from older generation diesel vehicles.
Renault’s Director of Engineering, Gilles Le Borgne, stressed that the exact number of vehicles affected by the legal proceedings has yet to be determined.
In a statement, the French automaker said it had to post a deposit of 20 million euros including 18 million euros for the possible payment of damages and fines and give a bank guarantee of 60 million euros. euros to compensate for any damage.
“Renault did not commit any deception”
“The company, with this indictment, will finally be able to assert its rights and present its arguments”Gilles Le Borgne told reporters. “Renault will bring to justice, in the greatest transparency, all the explanatory elements showing that it has not committed any deception. Renault has not deceived anyone and has committed no offense.”
The group assures that it has not equipped its vehicles with any rigging software, these devices detecting the test phases to optimize pollution control systems and which were at the heart of the scandal of Volkswagen rigged engines at the end of 2015. This scandal cost the company company more than 32 billion euros in fines, overhaul of 11 million vehicles affected and legal costs.
The case ricocheted in France, the Royal Commission then the General Directorate for Competition and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) leading for several years investigations on a dozen car brands. Renault was particularly pointed out at the time for the significant exceedances of nitrogen oxides (NOx) measured in real driving conditions, compared to the Euro 5 (2009-2011) and Euro 6 homologation standards of the first generation (2013-2027).
Gilles Le Borgne repeated the economic and scientific argument invoked by the group from the start of the case to explain the weaknesses of the NOx trap technology chosen at the time, operating optimally over an engine temperature range. very reduced. “The limits of the pollution control devices were linked to the safety of our customers and to the technological, physico-chemical limits of these operations”, he said.
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