Tuesday 6 December 2016

Renault recall will not affect cars sold to Irish customers

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

Distributors here said the models in Ireland are not affected.
Distributors here said the models in Ireland are not affected.

RENAULT here has revealed that the diesel engine being recalled globally to correct an 'emissions issue' is not on sale in Ireland.

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The recall is for 15,000 versions of the big-selling Captur crossover with the dCi 100 engine. Without specifying the model - though it is known to be the Captur - the distributors here said the models in Ireland are not affected.

A statement from Renault in France said the issue was known and had been corrected on production vehicles from September 4 last.

It said its vehicles "are not equipped with fraudulent software or systems designed to bypass the emission control system". And it denied having said that 700,000 vehicles would be affected by a software update.

Renault said it planned a software upgrade to cut the nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from its diesel engines, which have come under fire for their relatively high emissions in the wake of the Volkswagen test-rigging scandal.

Following VW's exposure last September for using software "defeat devices" to cheat US regulatory tests, the French carmaker has drawn public and investor scrutiny over its own emissions performance.

Renault shares have fallen 14pc since the January 14 disclosure that investigators raided its offices this month over suspicions of emissions fraud, which have been denied by the company and the government.

Besides VW's outright cheating, the diesel scandal has heightened awareness of real-world NOx emissions by the broader auto industry far exceeding those measured in flawed European regulatory tests - with Renault often cited as being among the worst offenders. (Additional reporting by Reuters)

Irish Independent

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