PSA keeps on denying any form of emission fraud
On Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show, PSA foreman Carlos Tavares has again in front of the present press, firmly denied any form of fraud with the emission values of the group’s diesel engines. Last Friday French newspaper Le Monde had unveiled a report from the governmental anti-fraud agency formulating suspicions against the car maker.
The report brought out last week doubts whether PSA conducted a ‘fraudulent strategy’ to pass the emission tests of its diesel cars in France and was the base on which a juridical investigation was started in Paris.
“We can not believe that the whole automotive industry would be in an illegal situation”, Tavares said to the journalists. He pointed at the tests on PSA vehicles, done in May 2017 by the public research institute IFPEN on behalf of a governmental commission of experts, showing the PSA cars being ‘totally conform today’s standards”.
“When you are in a situation of total conformity, this confusion created on Friday was very damaging”, Tavares added. The board decided therefore to file a complaint for ‘violation of the secrecy of investigation’.
Earlier PSA’s R&D chief Gilles Le Borgne had indicated already that the dossier was passed to justice before the results of the IFPEN study were known. “The cars behave the same in the lab as on the road”, Le Borgne said. “Technical authorities have understood that, but administrative authorities didn’t. We do everything to explain it to them”.