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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
Darren Moss
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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.

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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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405line 20 January 2016

B*LL S*IT

You only had to look at the Audi adverts with glowing exhausts and other such sillinesss to know that audi,volkswagen and porsche were not serious or responsible. The uk government trying to retro tax petrol engines out of existence without a proper scientific study,they only had to ask the americans or the japanese why they were reluctant to produce diesels engines vehicles. You would have thought that governments would have learned from past mistakes when it comes to unleashing new technologies onto the general public and into the enviroment.Why was this not picked up at M.O.T an orange indicator bulb that was showing too much white meant my car failed. it's M.O.T..hahaha, just goes to show where priorities lie.
fadyady 20 January 2016

The shock waves

Volkswagen's multi-billion Euro fraud involves 11 million vehicles and stretches over a decade. Yet they never admitted fault or issued recall. European testing agencies pointed out Volkswagen's fraudulent use of illegal software in 2011 but Merkel's pro-VW government blocked any further investigation. The Americans blew the lid of the Volkswagen fraud. The Volkswagen Group may survive the scandal by making use of the dirty billions they made by manipulating the tests but the shock waves of this scandal could undo smaller car makers.
Ruperts Trooper 19 January 2016

I knew all along that VW

I knew all along that VW weren't the only one !