After Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot, Citroën was also indicted in France in the investigation of fraud in the antipollution controls of older generations of diesel engines, announced Thursday Stellantis, parent company of the French manufacturer.
“In the context of judicial inquiries opened in 2016 and 2017 concerning several car manufacturers, Automobiles Citroën SA (…) was indicted today by the investigating magistrates because of allegations of acts of deception relating to the sale of Euro 5 diesel vehicles intervened in France between 2009 and 2015, ”Stellantis said in a press release.
Citroën was required to pay a “bond” in the amount of 8 million euros, including 6 million for the possible payment of damages and fines, as well as the provision of a bank guarantee at first. request for 25 million euros “to compensate for possible damages”, detailed the company. Like Peugeot, Automobiles Citroën SA is “in the process of evaluating the regularity of this measure and the advisability of contesting it”, warned Stellantis in its press release.
Stellantis defends itself
A report from the DGCCRF (General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control), sent to the courts in February 2017, referred to a “global strategy aimed at manufacturing fraudulent engines, then marketing them”. According to investigators, some 1.9 million diesel vehicles of the Euro5 generation (standard in force until 2015), “whose engine operates according to fraudulent strategies”, were sold by PSA (Peugeot-Citroën) between September 2009 and September 2015 in France. Fiat-Chrysler, another brand of the Stellantis group, is due to be heard in July by investigators.
Stellantis said Wednesday that its subsidiaries were “firmly convinced that their emission control systems met all the requirements applicable then and continue to meet them today, and they look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate it.”
Large fine incurred
In view of the violations noted, the DGCCRF assessed the maximum fine incurred by the company at 5 billion euros. A huge sum, however four times less than the maximum fine, 19.7 billion euros, assessed this time by the DGCCRF for Volkswagen. The builder by whom the “dieselgate” scandal arrived was also indicted on May 6 for “deception”. The German giant disputed Wednesday “any harm” for consumers in France.
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