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Jan 13, 2017 06:27 PM IST IST | Source: PTI

French prosecutors to probe Renault diesel emissions

French investigators will probe Renault over suspected "cheating" in emissions tests of diesel motors, the Paris prosecutors office said today, causing shares in the automaker to fall sharply.


French investigators will probe Renault over suspected "cheating" in emissions tests of diesel motors, the Paris prosecutors office said today, causing shares in the automaker to fall sharply.


Following a massive emissions scandal involving Germany's Volkswagen, independent French experts found dangerously high levels of emissions from diesel engines of several carmakers, including Renault.


Prosecutors have ordered a probe be opened into "cheating on key parts (of vehicles)" and into the quality of the tests carried out.


Renault shares were trading 2.4 percent lower at 84.16 euros around 1110 GMT, having opened over one percent higher.


They slumped by over four percent in an initial reaction to the news.


The probe comes after another global auto maker, Fiat Chrysler, fell foul of US environmental standards yesterday.


The company was charged with having hidden software on diesel trucks which then spewed out excess emissions.


The Italian-American company immediately denied the charges and pledged to work with President-elect Donald Trump's adminstration to resolve the issue "fairly." The shockwaves from Volkswagen's own emissions scandal are still reverberating around the global auto industry.


US officials said Wednesday the German giant will plead guilty to three criminal charges and pay a total of USD4.3 billion in fines to settle the emissions cheating scandal known as "dieselgate".

The US Justice Department also charged six Volkswagen executives deemed responsible for the conspiracy, five of whom are believed to be in Germany while one was arrested in Miami on Saturday.

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