Friday 13 January 2017 12.34 GMT
French prosecutors have announced they will investigate Renault over suspected “cheating” in emissions tests of diesel motors, causing shares in the carmaker to fall.
Following a massive emissions scandal involving Volkswagen, independent French experts found dangerously high levels of emissions from diesel engines of several carmakers, including Renault, the Paris prosecutors office said on Friday.
Prosecutors have ordered an investigation into “cheating on key parts (of vehicles)” and into the quality of the tests carried out.
Renault shares closed down about 3%.
Renault insisted its engines complied “with French and European regulations”.
“Renault vehicles are all and have always been homologated in accordance with the laws and regulations. They are compliant with the applicable standards.
“Renault vehicles are not equipped with cheating software affecting anti-pollution systems.”
The investigation comes after another global carmaker, Fiat Chrysler, fell foul of US environmental standards on Thursday. The company was charged with having hidden software on diesel trucks which spewed out excess emissions.
The Italian-American company immediately denied the charges and pledged to work with president-elect Donald Trump’s administration to resolve the issue “fairly”.