The French car maker Renault was forced to deny today a report in the French daily Liberation that its vehicles are equipped with software that allowed its vehicles to cheat on emissions testing.
“Important differences between the performance of certain Renault engines in the laboratory and their results under real conditions,” were found, the paper said, adding the accusation forms the cornerstone of an investigation reportedly opened by French prosecutors in January.
The ministry’s fraud department handed its findings to prosecutors in November.
Meanwhile, in a parallel development German prosecutors searched today Audi’s two biggest plants and other sites in connection with the emissions scandal still rocking parent Volkswagen, adding to pressure on the luxury division and its Chief Executive Rupert Stadler.
The raids, the first at Audi since VW’s diesel scandal broke 18 months ago, centered on who was involved in the use of any illicit software used in 80,000 VW, Audi and Porsche cars with bigger 3.0 liter engines that were found to exceed U.S. emissions limits.