Peugeot-Citroen raided by French authorities over emissions probe

The French offices of Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) have been raided by investigators as part of an ongoing probe into pollutants in the automotive sector.

It comes after Mitsubishi owns up to cheating fuel economy tests for 625,000 of its cars in Japan – but Peugeot-Citroen is insisting it’s innocent.

In a statement, the firm said: “PSA Group confirms compliance of its vehicles in pollutant emissions in all countries where it operates. Confident in its technologies, PSA Group is fully cooperating with the authorities.”

The raid was carried out by France’s General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control. Further details on any evidence found during the raid is yet to be revealed.

Earlier in the year, PSA Group revealed it would publish real-world fuel economy figures for cars made by its three brands: Peugeot, Citroen and DS. Conducted by two independent authorities (Transport & Environment and France Nature Environment), the tests have so far revealed PSA’s best-selling cars consistently under-perform by as much as 30mpg – in-line with fuel consumption figures reported by customers.

Renault’s head office was raided in January by the same investigators, resulting in a slump in share prices.