The world might be just recovering from Volkswagen’s diesel gate scandal, and jumping straight into another one. This time it's the PSA, aka the Peugeot Citroen group which owns Opel, Vauxhall and DS automobiles. According to reports on Autocar UK, nearly two million vehicles sold and manufactured by the PSA group could have had emissions test cheating software installed on them. Opening the door to a 5 billion euro fine if the company is proven to be guilty.
The roots of this story stem from an internal PSA document which was discovered by the French watchdog company DGCCRF. The DGCCRF was investigating the PSA for possible cheating, and reported that the document mentions the need to make a “defeat device” “less obvious and less visible”. And just in case it was not serious enough, the document noted that 1,914,965 Euro 5-compliant car companies are affected.
Obviously, the PSA had a counter statement rather than risk suspicious silence, spokesperson for the group reported that the PSA “denies any fraud strategy and strongly reaffirms its technological choices.” We know they mean well. But this is 2017, we are up to our necks in carefully worded company statements. Which then goes on to say “Has not been contacted by the judicial authorities,” adding, “The group is outraged to learn that information has been provided to third parties whereas Groupe PSA has never had access to the file submitted by the DGCCRF to the public prosecutor’s office, making it impossible for the group to put forward its arguments.”
Now PSA has been adamant that while the emissions controls are altered under certain real world circumstances but only as part of a strategy that and I quote favours low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in cities while ensuring the best NOx/ CO2 balance on open roads.” Either way, we have to give the PSA group the benefit of the doubt until proven guilty. But needless to say, `we will be following this story very closely.