Updates reveal that 25 Renault models were being emissions tested before last week's factory raids took place; the whole situation appears to be in connection with the ongoing emissions scandal
19 January 2016

Renault will recall and fix 15,000 cars after tests revealed high levels of emissions from some of its models.

An official statement from Renault reveals that the affected engine is the 108bhp dCi engine found in the Captur. It is being recalled "to address an error in the engine's calibration unit", with no further engines affected.

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Renault was also quick to add: "Renault Group vehicles are not equipped with fraudulent software or systems designed to bypass the emission control system", and that the recall was a "known issue that was corrected on production vehicles from 4th September 2015."

It is understood that the filtration system of certain models did not work above certain temperatures or below 17deg C. The group also denies early reports that some 700,000 cars would be subject to a software update in relation to the ongoing emissions scandal.

Police raided several Renault facilities last week, in a move understood to be in connection to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The raids, which took place at Renault's headquarters, the Renault Technical Centre in Lardy and the Technocentre in Guyancourt, were first reported by local unions, but have since been confirmed by Renault. In a statement, it said that investigators wanted to check the equipment used at its factories.

Several computers belonging to company directors are said to have been seized.

The CGT Renault union suggested that the raids “are linked to the consequences of the Volkswagen rigged-engines affair”, and confirmed that the raids had targeted engine control units.

Renault subsequently revealed that prior to the raids, the UTAC (the French homologation authority) had already been testing Renault vehicles, with four of 25 models being examined before the new year. It said that the testing enabled "the French public authorities to initiate productive discussions with Renault's engineering team".

According to Renault, these latest police raids are part of "additional on-site and material investigations, in order to definitively confirm the first findings resulting from the analysis of the independent technical commission".

Despite such scrutiny, Renault says it is confident its cars will pass the tests without issue. It currently has the support of the French Agency for Energy and Climate (DGEC) and states that these on-going tests provide it with an opportunity to improve the Renault Emissions Plan.

Renault was one of a number of vehicle manufacturers to welcome more stringent test procedures in the wake of the emissions scandal, which broke last September.

At the time, the company confirmed that it had not used so-called defeat devices in the past. A spokesman said: “We invite all those legislations and framework in markets we operate in. We don’t have defeat devices in any of our cars and we welcome the improvements that are proposed in Europe for the NEDC [New European Driving Cycle] side of it.”

Shares in the French car maker fell sharply this morning as the first reports of the raids surfaced, with stock prices dropping by as much as 20%.

Volkswagen has been subjected to the most scrutiny under the emissions scandal, but it's known that authorities are looking into other vehicle manufacturers. German officials from the KBA said late last year that they would be investigating 23 different marques.

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14 January 2016
Another witch hunt which is damaging to both individual companies and the motor industry as a whole. It is now time that the UK or European authorities got a grip and set up an independent and published testing program to uncover all questionable hardware/software devices and strategies that have discredited the existing regulations. This would provide the foundation for a more trustworthy testing system, fairer basis for taxation, better regulation of advertising and promotion, and hopefully, reduce damage to consumers investment in manufacturers and brands.

289

14 January 2016
...not surprised. More surprised that other brands haven't been uncovered yet! I have been saying this for a while.

14 January 2016
289 wrote:
I have been saying this for a while
No, you've been *implying* that they "were all at it" or similar which is quite different to what is going on here. But don't let that stop you trumpeting your clairvoyant powers. How about serving up next week's Lottery numbers?

14 January 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:
289 wrote:
I have been saying this for a while
No, you've been *implying* that they "were all at it" or similar which is quite different to what is going on here. But don't let that stop you trumpeting your clairvoyant powers. How about serving up next week's Lottery numbers?
Any one of us frequenting these pages might say the very same of your own clairvoyant pronouncements, surmisings and motoring missals about the sealed fate of either Alfa Romeo or Jaguar which we've all had to endure from this past several number of years.

Il cuore ha sempre ragione.

14 January 2016
Cuore Sportivo wrote:
missals about the sealed fate of either Alfa Romeo or Jaguar
Good Lord! If it isn't a touchy Alfa fan who's been nursing wounded feelings for "years". Fancy that. Apologies, but Alfa's not the subject here, nor is Jaguar and nor am I for that matter, much as you would apparently like me to be. The NOx Scandal and associated opinion thereof is the subject. And as for calling someone a troll whilst simultaneously trolling them, surely even you can spot the problem with that.

14 January 2016
Touchy, aren't we? Wonder why...

14 January 2016
Takes one bad apple to spoil the whole barrel. Avaricious Volkswagen has brought discredit to the whole car industry. Who's next?

289

14 January 2016
Volkswagen have only bought discredit to themselves ....not the industry as a whole. If others have been 'at it' as well, then you could say that they have helped to 'lift the lid' on a more common avoidance. In truth the blame for all this lies in the EU creating unachievable (fiscally) targets for dirty engines, without due consultation with the industry and industry experts.

15 January 2016
fadyady wrote:
Takes one bad apple to spoil the whole barrel. Avaricious Volkswagen has brought discredit to the whole car industry. Who's next?
Oh dear, this post is Roadster-esque in its pure silliness. If Renault are found to have been doing the same thing as VAG then surely that's a good thing for public health? Or did you only want it to be big, bad VW who were the bad guys?


14 January 2016
Who did Carlos Ghosn ticked off in Hollande's office? A "witch hunt" is a logical consequence of the confluence of car-hating governments and proof that one manufacturer, and the largest, was at it. Terrorism is hard to fight but car makers are sitting ducks!

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