France Could Ban Sales Of Select VW And Renault Diesels

France is considering banning the sales of select diesel Volkswagen and Renault models, according to the country’s environmental minister.

Speaking in Strasbourg, Segolene Royal said that after VW’s dieselgate scandal, investigations into Renault’s engine software have been ongoing and initial findings will be announced in December.

“We will be asking the consumer fraud investigators and prosecutors to communicate any findings that will enable us to establish whether it’s necessary to withdraw sales authorizations,” he said.

Earlier in the year, Renault admitted that it had used devices to conceal the true levels of nitrogen oxides emitted by its diesel models. However, the French automaker says such devices were legal under European law where they can be used if deemed necessary to protect the engine.

Since an announcement was made earlier in the month regarding an investigation into Renault, Royal revealed that a criminal probe was also looking into reports that investigators found a new type of defeat device in the Captur SUV, reports Reuters.

PHOTO GALLERY

2020 Mercedes CLA 45: AMG’s New Baby Saloon Coming With Up To 416HP, Drift Mode

Upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 is expected to redefine the segment with its performance.

A Closer Look At Aston Martin’s Mission To Shock The Supercar World

Take a tour around the upcoming Aston Martin Vanquish and AM-RB 003 supercars.

Mystery Dacia Duster EV Race Car Spotted Near Arctic Circle

This electrified test mule wearing a first-generation Dacia Duster could be a new Andros Trophy racer.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Claims Lap Record At Hockenheim

With 1:47.3 lap time, the Aventador SVJ is now the fastest production car at Hockenheim.

BMW Unveils 2019 Watch Collection Together With Fossil

There two separate collections, with prices ranging between €169 ($192) and €329 ($374).

Volkswagen Group CEO Says ‘No’ To Electric Beetle

Herbert Diess also talked about other vehicles and VW’s partnership with Ford.

Ford Investing $900 Million In Michigan To Build EVs, Self-Driving Vans

The Flat Rock Assembly Plant will become the production home of Ford’s next-generation EVs.

SVO-Kitted Land Rover Discovery Embarks On Humanitarian Expedition

This SVO-tuned Land Rover Discovery will travel through Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.

Porsche Employees Rewarded With $11,000 Bonus For 2018 Performance

Porsche will be giving the bonus to around 25,000 employees, and it will be paid with their April salaries.

Geely’s SX12 Production SUV Stays True To Concept Icon’s Styling

Geely’s new SUV will reportedly be available with a 177 HP, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.