France’s judiciary has also opened an investigation against carmaker Peugeot over possible manipulation of diesel emissions data. The case is being investigated on suspicion of fraud, which poses a danger to humans or animals, the German Press Agency in Paris today from judicial circles.
According to Peugeot’s parent company Stellantis, investigations are also underway against its subsidiaries Citroen and Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Stellantis rejected the accusations. The emission control systems had met all requirements at the time in question and were still doing so now.
Cars with diesel engines from 2009 to 2015 affected
Stellantis praised that the case is about the sale of diesel cars between 2009 and 2015. Investigations into the matter had been ongoing for years, including against other companies. Just this week, investigations had been launched in France against Volkswagen and Renault.
The fraud with falsified nitrogen oxide emission values by Europe’s largest car manufacturer Volkswagen was uncovered in September 2015 in the USA. Investigations have subsequently found irregularities at many other automakers as well.
Chronology of the exhaust gas scandal
Mid-September 2015: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accuses the Volkswagen Group of equipping diesel cars built between 2009 and 2015 with software that tricks tests for U.S. environmental regulations. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has also come to similar conclusions. Both authorities send complaints to VW. (Pictured: EPA headquarters in Washington D.C.)