French Authorities Accuse Renault And Volkswagen Of Hiding Emissions Data

The French authorities have filed charges in the case of concealing data on the real level of harmful emissions of cars (« dieselgate ») against two car companies – Renault and Volkswagen, Le Figaro reports.

It emerged on Tuesday that allegations of « cheating » had been brought against the French company as part of an investigation that had been ongoing since 2017. At that time, the Ministry of Finance instructed the Directorate General for Competition, Consumers and Counter Fraud (DGCCRF) to investigate the diesel engines of a dozen car brands for possible installation of special software that hides the vehicle’s actual emissions. German manufacturer Volkswagen was caught in a similar scam in 2015 by US authorities, which led to extensive inspections of car companies in many countries around the world.

Renault has denied the allegations: « We have never had a fraudulent scheme, and there has never been any data tampering software on Renault’s engines, » said Gilles Le Born, the carmaker’s technical director. The company will have to post a €20 million bond and provide €60 million in bank guarantees.

Also, it became known about the charges against Volkswagen. The German manufacturer is accused by the French authorities of « deceiving about the essential qualities of the goods that pose a risk to human or animal health ». The company has to post a €10 million bond with €60 million in bank collateral. Volkswagen, like Renault, has denied all of the accusations.

« Dieselgate » has already cost Volkswagen more than €30 billion – and that’s just after court decisions in the US and Germany. The trial in France was delayed by Volkswagen’s parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE), which only confirmed at the end of 2020 that the software fitted to Volkswagen’s diesel engines was illegal.


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