FRENCH PUT BOOT IN TO GERMANS
A LONG line is forming to give Volkswagen a kicking.
Emissions enforcers in the US have just gone in for a second maul over Volkswagen Group diesels, this time focusing on a 3-litre V6 that’s also used by Porsche and Audi.
In Australia, lawyers are spruiking class action suits for owners.
But France’s Peugeot Citroen group is the first carmaker publicly capitalising on its rival’s dramas, with a pointed media release that aims to paint the company as the global guardian of green tailpipe standards.
It has announced a commitment to producing “real world” fuel economy figures for all its vehicles, instead of laboratory results.
It also wants to lead the way for the early adoption of Euro 6 emissions standards for all vehicles sold here.
In a thinly-veiled reference to VW, the French group says it is “committed to maintaining its customers’ trust”. It sees VW’s “dieselgate” dramas as an opportunity to move buyers from a Polo or Golf to one of its Peugeot 208 or 308s.
“PSA Peugeot Citroen confirms its vehicles have never been fitted with any software or device that detects emissions testing and triggers a pollution treatment system, including for nitrogen oxides, that is inactive in normal driving conditions,” the group’s release says.
Other carmakers are avoiding any public moves against Volkswagen, but rival dealers tell Carsguide they are marking VWs and Audis down at trade-in time, with one reporting a $4000 drop on the second-hand values for a number of near-new Audis.
Meantime, Peugeot is also happily talking about a 90-car sales success as a major supermarket chain here switches its fleet from VW.