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Renault to recall up to 100 Capturs in Portugal over emission faults

French car company Renault is to recall up to 100 cars in Portugal – and around 15,000 throughout the world – after admitting that its emissions filtering system in some cars is faulty.

The recall involves a small proportion of Capturs produced between February and August 2015, a source for Renault Portugal has revealed.

According to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, the car giant has come under scrutiny since the revelation last week that anti-fraud investigators had raided its premises across France and found emissions to be substantially above test levels.
But contrary to Volkswagen’s recent emissions scandal (click here), Renault has denied any wrongdoing.

“Renault did not cheat,” sales director Thierry Koskas said during a presentation on the group’s 2015 sales performance.

Reuters has since reported that the carmaker has now offered owners of certain diesel vehicles a software update to improve its pollution control system.

Says the news agency, “this is part of Renault’s wider efforts to close the gap between its vehicles’ emissions in official laboratory tests and in real world driving conditions”.

The company’s full strategy is due to be announced in March.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com