Citroën's turn to be hit by the "dieselgate"

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After Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot, it is Citroën's turn to be indicted in France in the investigation into fraud against pollution controls of older generations of diesel engines, the parent company of French manufacturer Stellantis announced on Thursday.

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 deceit relating to the sale of Euro 5 diesel vehicles in France between 2009 and 2015, Stellantis said in a statement.

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 on first demand of 25 million euros to compensate for any damage, detailed the company.

Like Peugeot, Automobiles Citroën SA is evaluating the regularity of this measure and the opportunity to challenge it, warned Stellantis in his press release.

Fraudulent strategy

A report from the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), sent to the courts in February 2017, mentioned a global strategy to manufacture fraudulent engines and then market them.

According to investigators, some 1.9 million diesel vehicles of the Euro5 generation (standard in force until 2015), whose engine works according to fraudulent strategies, were sold by Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) 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 denies

Stellantis said on Wednesday that its subsidiaries were firmly believe 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 this.

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 scandal of dieselgate arrived was also indicted on May 6 for deception. The German giant contested on Wednesday any prejudice for consumers in France.

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