After the French anti-fraud investigators have checked several automakers in a probe into vehicles emissions, the authorities are now looking into Peugeot-Citroen’s backyard.
Yet another investigation over vehicles emissions is undergoing, following the countless similar inquiries in recent weeks. This time, PSA Peugeot-Citroen is the targeted automaker, after the French anti-fraud investigators raided some of the company’s sites. The “visit” was conducted by France’s General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control, PSA has admitted in a statement. “PSA Group confirms compliance of its vehicles in pollutant emissions in all countries where it operates. Confident in its technologies, PSA Group is fully cooperating with the authorities,” the statement said. According to Reuters, four research and development centers have been searched, with offices sealed off and disc drives and computers seized.
In January, Renault went through the same “storm”, when government officials went to check the automaker’s headquarter, the Renault Technical Centre in Lardy and the Technocentre in Guyancourt. Not only Renault was summoned at that time to give further explanations in front of the French emissions commission, but Ford and Mercedes were also targeted by the inquiry. In this regard, the authorities have been testing so far more than 100 vehicles in circulation in France, to see if automakers have used any sort of cheating devices on its diesels, similar with those found on Volkswagen’s models.
Via PSA Group / Reuters