Cars DieselGate: After Volkswagen and Renault, Peugeot has its turn pinned by French justice

10:25  10 june  2021
10:25  10 june  2021 Source:   latribune.fr

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  Dieselgate : après Volkswagen et Renault, Peugeot a son tour épinglé par la justice française © provided by the Tribune

the case of dieselgate does not end up growing. After Renault and Volkswagen, Peugeot is the third manufacturer to be indicted by French justice this week, in this case that involves several companies that tried to thwart the anti-pollution controls for their diesel vehicles.

In a statement Wednesday evening, Stellantis, Peugeot's mother house, announced the indicning of its subsidiary "because of allegations of deception on the sale of Euro 5 diesel vehicles intervened in France between 2009 and 2015 . "

A report from the DGCCRF (Directorate General of Competition, Consumption and Fraud Suppression), transmitted to justice in February 2017, referred to a "overall strategy to make fraudulent engines, and then to market them".

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According to investigators, some 1.9 million euro5 generation diesel vehicles (in effect until 2015), "whose engine operates according to fraudulent strategies", were sold by PSA (Peugeot-Citroën) between September 2009 and September 2015 in France.

5 billion euros fine

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In view of the offenses observed, the DGCCRF evaluated the maximum fine incurred by the company to 5 billion . A significant amount, but four times lower than the maximum fine, 19.7 billion euros, evaluated by the DGCCRF for Volkswagen. Martin Winterkorn, the former boss of the company, will have to pay a record amount of 11 million euros, as "damages for shortcomings"

the scandal is revealed in 2015, when the American agency The Environment (EPA) accuses Volkswagen for violating the anti-pollution regulation using software capable of deceiving controls on nitrogen oxide emissions.

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As a result of these accusations, Volkswagen acknowledged having rigged 11 million vehicles with software capable of making them appear less polluting during laboratory tests than on the roads.

Citroën and Fiat, Upcoming on the list?

Since then, other manufacturers have been pinned for similar similar practices, such as Daimler, Renault, Peugeot, Citroën or Fiat.

In France, the repression of fraud had highlighted gaps up to 377% between the performance of some Renault models at the time of their laboratory approval and during their use in real conditions.

also belonging to the Stellantis group, Citroën, then Fiat-Chrysler, could be the next on the list. Stellantis announced their hearing on Thursday and "in July".

(with AFP

dieselgate. Volkswagen in turn indicted in France for "deception" .
© Matthias Riestchel / Reuters A technician wiping a Volkswagen logo on a car from the German brand. Volkswagen was indicted in France on May 6 for "deception" in the survey of anti-pollution control fraud of the old generations of diesel engines. The manufacturer confirmed it on Wednesday, June 9th.

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