FRENCH PUT BOOT IN TO GER­MANS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Twit­ter @paulward­gover

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.

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