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French environment minister Ségolène Royal has hinted that emissions investigations could spread further than Renault, putting Citroën, DS and Peugeot under the spotlight

The Citroën C4 Cactus is the latest car under scrutiny regarding emissions, after the model in Blue HDI 100 guise was found to display 'anomalies' in emissions tests, according to Le Parisien.

It is alleged that the car produced NOx emissions of 585mg/km, rather than the 80mg/km it was understood to produce, when tested on the roads in December by a research centre commissioned by the European Commission.

In addition, under laboratory conditions, outside of the normal test temperatures of 17-23deg celcius, three times the permitted NOx emissions were produced, claims the French newspaper.

It is reported that the PSA Group, parent company of Citroën, DS and Peugeot, has sent its vice-president, Christian Chapelle, to explain the results to the European Commission.

Lucia Caudet, Commission spokesperson for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), said: "In the third quarter of 2016, the Commission's in-house Joint Research Centre (JRC) took a number of emissions measurements on four cars in the laboratory and on the road. The JRC took measurements on three diesel cars and one petrol car. These cars were selected randomly and they were of different models, years, mileage and mostly rented, hence the measurements are not indicative of particular concerns nor representative of entire fleets.

"A discrepancy between NOx emissions measured in the laboratory and in real driving conditions is not necessarily indication of illegal behaviour. Under the current legal framework, it is for the national authority that type-approved or certified the car to determine whether illegal defeat devices were used.

"On 22 December, the Commission transmitted the information on these measurements to the relevant national authorities and to the EP Inquiry Committee on car emissions. It will be up to the national authorities to publish the results of their national investigations including fully representative and analysed information on entire car fleets."

So far, French environment minister Ségolène Royal has not commented on the alleged findings. However, earlier this week, following reports that Renault is under investigation for emissions discrepancies, she suggested that CitroënDS and Peugeot could all face scrutiny regarding their cars' emissions from the French government.

Royal commened that "there could be other investigations," and that "[Renault] far exceeded the permissible standards. This is also the case of other manufacturers, to a different extent."

Reuters reported at the time that Royal did not build upon the comments, but did clarify: "I have no reason to think that Renault cheated like Volkswagen."

A PSA spokesman couldn't add any response to the possibility of investigation, but did clarify that "PSA will continue to cooperate fully with the commission regarding all the results".

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Regarding the C4 Cactus's emissions, PSA later said: "We are surprised by these results, which were not communicated to PSA and which protocol is unknown to us. Especially since similar vehicles with the same engine have been tested by the French authorities and highlighted consistent results, in particular regarding the real-world D3 test."

Meanwhile, six Volkswagen executives face fraud charges in the US following the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Five are believed to be in Germany, and one was arrested while on holiday in Florida.

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n. leone 18 January 2017

French paradox

It' hard to make sense of the initiative of a government who owns 20% of Renault's capital. If it will be established that Reanult cheated, who's going to pay the (presumably) huge penalties? Why, the French taxpayer! And who is the less responsible party in this ridiculous show? Why, the French taxpayer!
jmd67 17 January 2017

@5wheels – you are a total

@5wheels – you are a total clown.
Winston Churchill 17 January 2017

I guess FadyAlun didn't have

I guess FadyAlun didn't have a Citroen. He doesn't seem to be so riled about this injustice.