PSA GROUP has denied ‘any fraud strategy’ following reports that nearly two million of its vehicles were fitted with emissions test-cheating software.
In a statement released this morning, the carmaker said: ‘Groupe PSA reaffirms that it complies with regulations in every country where it operates, and its vehicles have never been equipped with software or systems making it possible to detect compliance tests and to activate a pollutant treatment device that would be inactive during customer use.’
The response followed reports that an internal PSA document being examined by DGCCRF – the French watchdog in charge of investigating the company for alleged emissions cheating – mentions a possible ‘defeat device’.
It added: ‘The group is outraged to learn that information has been provided to third parties, whereas Groupe PSA has never had access to the file submitted by the DGCCRF to the public prosecutor’s office, making it impossible for the group to put forward its arguments.’
The group says that it ‘has repeatedly explained its strategy regarding engine settings’, one that’s ‘based on its customers’ use in real life’. This strategy ‘favours low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in cities while ensuring the best NOx/CO2 balance on open roads’.
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