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Renault to be probed over diesel emissions say French prosecutors

15 January 2017

French auto company Renault is the latest automotive manufacturer to come under fire for potential air pollution violations, according to a report from Reuters.

French prosecutors are accusing Renault of running a VW-like emissions scam, with local investigators launching an inquiry into accusations that some of the company's models are actively cheating their exhaust tests.

Three judges have been investigating the matter since Jan 12, the source said.

While she stopped short of describing the software as a defeat device of the sort used by Volkswagen to cheat on emissions tests, she said there was no doubt Fiat Chrysler's software "is contributing to illegal pollution".

PARIS-French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Renault SA on suspicion of emissions fraud, hampering the auto maker's efforts to distance itself from the scandal that engulfed German auto maker Volkswagen AG.

The news led to a drop of four percent in Renault's shares, and they recovered a part of their value at the end of the trading day.

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Renault was not immediately available for comment.

The probe comes after another global automaker, Fiat Chrysler, fell foul of USA environmental standards on Thursday.

This follows the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, . which emerged in Septemebr 2015.

The Italian-American company assured that the issue shall be resolved by working with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

Volkswagen's bill for its cheating rose this week after the company settled criminal and civil complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice, including pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and obstruction of justice. The company insists that its vehicles comply with French and European Union legislation and aren't equipped with software to cheat on emissions. The fines are the largest ever paid by a vehicle manufacturer in the US, while the ruling also includes criminal charges against six VW executives who face prison in the U.S.

Renault to be probed over diesel emissions say French prosecutors