Stellantis stated on Wednesday a French court docket has charged its Peugeot unit with shopper fraud in a far-reaching diesel emissions probe, ordering the corporate to supply 30 million euros ($36 million) in ensures for potential payouts.
The Judicial Court docket of Paris has additionally ordered Citroen and FCA Italy, two different Stellantis items, to seem in court docket over the approaching weeks as a part of the identical investigation, the corporate stated on Wednesday.
The Peugeot investigation focuses on older diesel automobiles bought in France between 2009 and 2015 and stems from a wider probe French authorities launched in 2017 over alleged emissions check dishonest by diesel car producers.
Stellantis in an announcement stated Peugeot was assessing its protection choices within the case.
“The businesses firmly imagine that their emission management programs met all relevant necessities on the related occasions and proceed to take action and look ahead to the chance to display that,” stated Stellantis, which was fashioned earlier this yr after a merger between Fiat Chrysler and the French PSA Group.
A number of European carmarkers have come beneath scrutiny for the reason that Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal which erupted in 2015 over check dishonest in the US.
A French court docket on Tuesday charged carmaker Renault with alleged deception and check manipulation of a few of its older diesel automobiles.
French prosecutors wanting in to Renault and Peugeot stated they’d discovered that a number of the vehicles produced on-the-road nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions greater than 10 occasions regulatory limits for some fashions, in accordance with stories of the investigation from 2019.
Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it had rigged engine software program with “defeat gadgets” to cheat U.S. diesel assessments, a scandal that has since price the group greater than 32 billion euros in fines, refits and authorized prices and reverberated throughout the business.