Two years ago, French authorities accused Renault of violating emissions laws. Investigators said the carmaker cheated on regulatory tests using defeat devices. The Renault emissions scandal involves vehicles manufactured between the years 2009 to 2011 and 2013 to 2017.
According to authorities, the carmaker allegedly released a product that could put animals and humans in danger. The discrepancies discovered between lab test emissions and actual road driving emissions were at around 377%.
As a result, the French carmaker had to pay a bail of $24 million or around £19.42 million. Authorities also asked Renault for a bank guarantee of around €60 million (or approximately £53 million). The guarantee money was for compensation, fines, and potential damages.
Renault denied the accusations and firmly said that their vehicles adhered to emissions standards and that they have always followed European and French regulations.
Since they allegedly did not use defeat devices to manipulate emissions, Renault is confident that they have not inadvertently deceived their customers and the authorities. Their engineering head, Gilles Le Borgne, said their case cannot be compared with that of the Volkswagen Group because they never used cheat software. Therefore, the allegations against the carmaker are wrong.
Le Borgne also …