Published on April 26th, 2017 | by James Ayre0
PSA Group Now Subject Of Diesel Emissions Cheating Investigation In France
April 26th, 2017 by James Ayre
Joining Renault, Volkswagen, and Fiat-Chrysler, PSA Group is also now under investigation by French authorities in relation to possible diesel emissions testing cheating, according to recent reports.
The new investigation was opened earlier this month in relation to alleged consumer fraud offenses by France’s DGCCRF consumer fraud watchdog, a court official has confirmed.
So, that’s bad news for those who thought that PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, and DS brands) was clean since it previously escaped criticism.
“PSA, which denies any wrongdoing, said on Monday it had ‘taken note’ of the prosecutors’ decision to open a full investigation, reiterating that its vehicles comply with all regulations in countries where they are sold,” Reuters notes.
“But in a government-backed testing program last year, five PSA vehicles of the last Euro 5 diesel generation emitted significantly higher NOx in motorway driving conditions when engine temperatures were increased. By design, the cars’ so-called EGR emissions treatment is deliberately reduced at higher temperatures to improve fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in out-of-town driving, where NOx and particle output is less critical, PSA engineering chief Gilles Le Borgne said in February. The company last year began an independently certified real-world CO2 emissions-testing program and began publishing results measured for all its vehicles on the road.”
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