Sun, 25 Jul 2021

PARIS, France: Auto giant Stellantis announced on June 9 that a court in France had accused its Peugeot division of having committed consumer fraud in connection with a sweeping investigation on diesel emissions, and instructed the firm to provide a 30-million euro guarantee for payments to be potentially handed out.

The inquiry of Peugeot centered on its earlier diesel models, which were selling in France during the 2009-2015 period, and originated from a broader investigation by authorities in France initiated four years ago regarding purported manipulations in emissions testing by diesel auto makers.

Stellantis stated that Peugeot had been weighing its defense choices in connection with this case.

"The companies firmly believe that their emission control systems met all applicable requirements at the relevant times and continue to do so, and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that," according to Stellantis.

Numerous auto manufacturers in Europe were closely scrutinized with the surfacing of the diesel-gate scandal involving Volkswagen six years ago and suspicions of manipulating emissions testing in the US.

Car manufacturer Renault was charged by a court in France on June 8 for allegedly deceiving and tampering with testing of several earlier diesel models.

The prosecution team discovered that some vehicles emitted nitrogen oxide over 10-fold greater than the regulatory limitations for the models, as per the 2019 inquiry reporting.

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