EU diesel emissions testing under fire from environmental group

In the wake of Volkswagen’s massive diesel emissions cheating scandal, every carmaker is under increased scrutiny with regulators around the world. One of those is Renault, which has denied violating EU emissions regulations with its popular Espace minivan.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), or the German Environmental Aid Association in English, claims that the Espace releases NOx emissions 25 times over the legal limit, even as the car successfully complies with regulations. How’s that work? DUH believes that EU tests are carried out at low engine temperatures, reducing emissions.

What’s key here is that DUH isn’t coming out and saying that Renault is cheating its way through the regulations (like Volkswagen did). Instead, it’s looking to…

Continue reading…