PARIS, France: Renault, the car manufacturer based in France, announced on June 8 that French prosecutors had leveled charges of deceptive conduct in connection with a judicial investigation initiated four years ago into emissions in its diesel cars, with the focus on several older models and alleged manipulative practices applied during tests.
Numerous European car manufacturers have been scrutinized from the time when the "dieselgate" scandal, involving the German giant Volkswagen, came to light six years ago, on the grounds of fraudulent practices during emissions testing in the U.S.
Renault has vehemently denied having committed any misdeeds.
"Renault denies having committed any crime, and reiterates that its vehicles are not by any measure equipped with systems that would enable it to cheat in emissions testing," the French automobile maker stated.
"All Renault vehicles have always been approved, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations," the company added.
Such accusations arise at a time when Renault was working toward restructuring to boost the company's profitability after Luca de Meo was appointed CEO last July.
Renault is seeking to maintain its competitiveness in fields involving electric vehicles, and is keen to channel its attention to its highly lucrative cars, after suffering losses in 2020.
In 2015, Volkswagen admitted falsifying emission data through the installation of 'defeat devices' that deceived U.S. diesel emission testing, resulting in the company being fined over 32 billion euros.