PARIS A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen further than Renault just after checks showed other carmakers experienced exceeded the approved degrees, the French surroundings minister said on Sunday, with out elaborating.
Shares in Renault fell more than four p.c to their most affordable stage in about a thirty day period on Friday just after a source at the Paris prosecutor’s business said it experienced introduced a judicial probe into doable dishonest on exhaust emissions at the French carmaker.
Volkswagen’s admission that some of its diesel cars had been fitted with software package designed to cover the genuine stage of emissions they made has highlighted that most cars spew out significantly greater quantities of health-threatening nitrogen oxide (NOx) in daily driving conditions than in laboratory checks.
“A selection of anomalies had been mentioned on Renault cars. The controls performed significantly exceeded the permissible criteria. This is also the case for other carmakers to a diverse extent. So there could be other investigations,” Natural environment Minister Segolene Royal said in an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.
“It is a issue of justice and I do not interfere.”
Renault said it highly regarded all legislation about exhaust emissions, incorporating that its cars did not have software package enabling them to cheat on emissions criteria.
Other than Volkswagen, Renault is the only carmaker so significantly to be referred for doable felony investigation in France over suspected breaches of emissions principles.
“I have no explanation to believe that Renault cheated like Volkswagen,” Royal said.
Volkswagen this 7 days agreed to pay $four.three billion in a settlement with U.S. regulators.
(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide Modifying by Hugh Lawson)