Yesterday was the news of the day. During the morning there was the crash of the stock quotes for Renault, a priori, as a consequence of the fear of investors to a new case Volkswagen. The CGT union had confirmed to the Agence France-Presse that is had conducted various inspections in the premises of the brand, which later would be recognised by Renault. The actions of Renault would fall below 20%, although with the passage of the hours would be recovering little by little (today again fall about 3%). Renault wasted no time in ruling out the use of any device is illegal, a new case similar to the one that occurred in the last few months with Volkswagen. And the Ministère de l Écologie French refrendaría this assertion, although acknowledging that in fact have found that the emissions of CO2 and oxides of nitrogens of Renault, and other foreign brands, would be too high.
The discovery was made thanks to a research carried out by the Ministry in charge of Ségolène Royal, known as a Commission Royal, which investigates the emissions of 100 cars in circulation, of which 25 correspond to models of Renault. The choice of the combinations of model and engine inspected was made on the basis of their representativeness in the sales of France, that is to say, choosing the most sold. And as you may have imagined, this commission was motivated by the scandal of the diesel Volkswagen, which encouraged the authorities of several european countries to review if we were talking about an isolated case (everything points to yes), or if the techniques employed by the German brand had also been used by other manufacturers.
Rapport UTAC: les tests montrent des dépassements des normes pour CO2 & oxydes d ‘ azote sur modèles de constructeurs étrangers et 1 français
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Although the emissions of the vehicle exceed the limits set by the law, according to the French authorities, still would not have any evidence of illegality. In fact has not yet been confirmed to what extent they have overcome these limits. the Ministère de l Ecologie anticipated that Renault has not been the only brand in the observed emissions above those authorized by law.
Le Parisien (via Autonews) published today statements of Royal in which he said that for the moment has not arisen any action against the French brand, as the application for the refund of those tax incentives that have benefited the customers of vehicles affected. Let us remember that France also enjoys a tax system for the car similar to the registration tax Spanish, with the gravel to a car on the basis of their emissions of CO2.
Meanwhile, the Commission Royal continues to study the emissions of some of the 100 vehicles selected for the test. So in the next few weeks should be published the results and confirm why there has been such disparity in the figures that have been approved by the manufacturers. Both Renault, like other French builders, such as PSA Peugeot Citroën, have confirmed that they are working together with the researchers of the group certification of the UTAC to clarify any doubts about the emissions of their cars.