There have been new and interesting developments with respect to the investigations triggered by VW’s incredible Dieselgate scandal – this time in Europe.
The main Dieselgate scandal is apparently far from over for both Audi and its parent company Volkswagen Group – both companies have had their headquarters raided by investigators as the queries progress. Both Audi’s HQ in Ingolstadt and VW’s main offices in Wolfsburg were raided this week by German prosecutors who also had a look at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory. Meanwhile, VW boss Matthias Muller has “promised” to fight in court all owners of affected cars in Europe – even though they agreed to pay a huge fine in the United States.
Meanwhile, as authorities have decided to take closer looks at every other automaker, in France investigators at the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) have decided to assess whether Renault misstated the performance of its diesel engines as well. According to French newspaper Libération, a 39-page document about the investigation reads “The company used a strategy aimed at distorting the results of anti-pollution tests,” according to the DGCCRF. According to the report, tests showed huge differences between the lab and road results for models such as the Captur or the Clio. “These results make it possible to suspect a fraudulent device that specifically modifies the operation of the engine to reduce emissions of NOx”, the DGCCRF noted.