France backs Renault after emissions raid
French firm sees positives in government comments on tests so far
Vehicle-maker Groupe Renault has given details of the French government’s emissions probe and sees positives from official comments to date.
The investigations follow the Volkswagen "defeat device" diesel pollution scandal that cast doubt on testing regimes worldwide.
"The French Agency for Energy and Climate (DGEC), which is, on behalf of the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the main contact for the independent technical commission, already considers that the on-going procedure would not reveal the presence of a defeat device on Renault's vehicles," the company says.
"This is good news for Renault.
"The on-going tests open the way for improvement solutions for future and current Renault vehicles, presented in its Renault Emissions Plan which is aimed at improving the energy performance of our vehicles."
French ecology, sustainable development and energy Ségolène Royal further boosted the company.
"There is no fraud at Renault," Royal says.
"Shareholders and employees should be reassured."
The company states that French authorities are testing 100 vehicles in circulation, including 25 Renault vehicles reflecting Renault's market share in France.
At the end of December, 11 vehicles had already been tested, including four Renault vehicles "enabling the French public authorities to initiate productive discussions with Renault's engineering team".
Additional on-site and material investigations were undertaken, to confirm the first findings resulting from the analysis of the independent technical commission.
These occurred at the Renault Technical Centre headquarters in Lardy and the Technocentre in Guyancourt.