Not only Renault has been summoned to give explanations in front of the French emissions commission, but Ford and Mercedes are also targeted by the inquiry.

Renault executives appeared yesterday before the French government commission dealing with the new emissions scandal that has emerged in the country, to explain why NOx from some of its models exceeded the limits. France’s Energy minister Segolene Royal said after the government’s raid that the presence of C02 and NOx above accepted thresholds has been detected in cars of other manufacturers, as well as in some Renaults. Les Echos newspaper reported that Ford Motor and Mercedes had to appear before the French investigators after it has been found that two of their models also had excessive emissions. The paper said that the Ford C-Max and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are targeted by the new disclosures. The report mentions the tests made on S-Class 350 luxury limousine gave inconsistent results, while the Ford C-Max had emissions five times above the allowable limit, both engines having Euro 6 standards.

The authorities are currently testing 100 vehicles in circulation and they have checked 22 so far, according to the paper. The government extensive tests revealed that VW Tiguan and the Audi Q3 had been found with cheating software, while the Peugeot 208 Euro 5, the Peugeot 508 Euro 6 model, an unnamed Toyota Euro 4 and BMW 3 Series showed no particular problems, Les Echos said.

Renault is under scrutiny after preliminary results indicated that emissions from the Captur small crossover, Espace minivan and an unnamed Renault utility vehicle exceeded limits. “There is apparently a technical problem on the model, which could lead to higher pollution limits,” a source told the newspaper.

Via Les Echos


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