Peugeot And Renault Charged With Diesel Emissions Fraud

June 21, 2021

Prosecutors in France have charged both Peugeot and Renault over claims they cheated emissions testing in many of their diesel vehicles.  

Senior managers were accused of deceit for using ‘fraudulent strategies’ and committing emissions fraud by falsifying emissions test results and cheating emissions laws, especially in vehicles sold between 2009 and 2015.  

Renault charges

Renault has been ordered to pay €20million (£17.2 million) in bail, as well as providing a bank guarantee of €60 million(£51.5million) to cover any compensation orders, while Peugeot has been ordered to provide €30million (£25.7million) in guarantees for potential payouts.  

In a statement, Renault said that it ‘denies having committed any offence’ and claims that its vehicles ‘are not equipped with any rigging software for pollution control devices.’ 

Charges for both Peugeot and Renault come after a judicial investigation into the use of illegal devices to falsify emissions levels in diesel vehicles, which began in 2017 days after the Volkswagen settlement.  

Emissions testing

In France, prosecutors found that more than 10 times the regulatory emissions limit were being produced in some Renault and Peugeot vehicles.  

“Renault has always complied with French and European regulations,” a Renault spokesperson said.  

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance posted a record net loss of €8.1billion last year, with the Covid-19 pandemic taking a large portion of the blame.  

More Press

Dead River Podcast Artwork
Liz Bonnin hosts Dead River - a new podcast on Mariana dam disaster 
Liz Bonnin hosts a new podcast titled Dead River which shares the story of the Mariana dam disaster.  
Read More
Pogust Goodhead Sydney Australia
Pogust Goodhead launches office in Sydney, Australia
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Sydney’s legal district to serve as a base to launch new claims against Australian corporations...
Read More
My Diesel Claim - Emissions scandal
Ford to face trial alongside Mercedes for alleged emissions cheating 
Ford will join Mercedes in the first set of car company cases to go to trial over alleged emissions cheating and a suite of manufacturers now face claims...
Read More