Renault indicted for “deception”

In a Renault dealership. (drawing) – ALLILI MOURAD/SIPA

Renault was indicted in France in the investigation of fraud against pollution control of older generations of engines
diesel, announced the manufacturer on Tuesday. Justice
European Union had paved the way at the end of 2020 for legal proceedings in France against the car manufacturers involved in the “dieselgate” scandal, by confirming the illegality of Volkswagen software suspected of having deceived the antipollution controls.

The scandal, which has resulted in legal actions in many countries, has already cost 30 billion euros to Volkswagen, largely in the United States where the group pleaded guilty to fraud in 2017. Volkswagen admitted in the fall of 2015 to having equipped 11 million of its diesel vehicles with software capable of concealing emissions sometimes exceeding 40 times the standards allowed.

Renault denies “having committed the slightest offense”

Renault will have to post a deposit of 20 million euros, including 18 million euros for the possible payment of damages and fines, and give a bank guarantee in the amount of 60 million euros to compensate for any damage, said the manufacturer in a press release. Renault disputed Tuesday “having committed the slightest offense” and stressed that “its vehicles are not equipped with fraudulent software for pollution control devices”.

The ex-boss of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, had been questioned as a witness at the end of May in Beirut by French magistrates responsible for investigating fraud in pollution control at Renault, according to a Lebanese judicial source and French sources familiar with the matter.

Carlos Ghosn, who was not auditioned for a possible indictment, had been heavily implicated, in November 2016, in the initial report of the Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF) which led to the opening of a judicial investigation against Renault for “deception on the substantial qualities and the controls carried out”.

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