Renault ‘to get rid of diesel engines in European cars’

Renault could stop offering diesel engines in most of its European cars, according to reports. The decision follows a review of the cost to ensure these cars meet tighter emissions […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Renault could stop offering diesel engines in most of its European cars, according to reports.

The decision follows a review of the cost to ensure these cars meet tighter emissions standards following the Volkswagen scandal.

In a meeting with Renault’s bosses in July, reports claim Chief Competitiveness Officer Thierry Bollore is said to have shown concerns on the diesel investment outlook, suggesting it could be uneconomical.

They add some diesel engines will be vanished from models such as Clio and Megane by 2020.

More than 60% of the 1.6 million cars sold in Europe by Renault last year were diesel.

Earlier this year, the French Government opened an investigation on fraudulent emission tests in 100 cars, out of which 25 were from Renault.

Segolénè Royal, Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy & Environment said the car manufacturer doesn’t use any software which deceives emissions tests.