French car-maker commits to publishing real-world fuel economy figures to reassure customers in the wake of the VW scandal
PSA Peugeot Citroën is pledging to publish “real world” fuel economy figures following the Volkswagen Group scandal. The manufacturer – that also sells under the DS brand – claims it “would like to give better information to its customers, investors and other stakeholders” in light of recent media coverage.
In September, it was revealed that some Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles have cheat software which enables them to recognise when they are subjected to emission tests on a rolling.
The software tweaks a range of parameters so the vehicles hit benchmarks that cannot necessarily be replicated on a real road.
PSA Peugeot Citroën is committed to:
• Publishing real-world fuel economy figures for its main vehicles and ensure that the process is overseen by a independent body;
• Recognising that forthcoming environmental efficiency tests more accurately represent real-world conditions, and to be an early adopter of the technology required to meet the standards.
PSA Peugeot Citroën stresses that its cars perform in line with test results, irrespective of the alleged actions of some competitors.
The company confirms its position having “conducted an in-depth review of its situation with regards to emissions and fuel efficiency”.
It says “vehicles have never been fitted with any software or device that detects emissions testing and triggers a pollution treatment system - including for nitrogen oxides (Nox) - that is inactive in normal driving conditions.”
The manufacturer further emphasises that 4,300 vehicles were selected at random from its production lines to confirm their compliance (throughout 2014).
PSA Peugeot Citroën makes other environmental claims too. It reveals that it is “the first car maker to have extended BlueHDi Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology across all its diesel Euro6 passenger vehicles”, for example.
It says this exhaust treatment system – for which it has around 100 patents - “is recognised by numerous publications” as the most effective NOx treatment technology. It says that this puts it “on track” to meet the requirements of test standards that will be introduced in 2017.
PSA Peugeot Citroën worldwide sales 2015
PSA Peugeot Citroën worldwide sales are 1,547,000 for the first half of 2015. This represents a rise of 0.4% compared to the same period the previous year. European sales total 984,000 which is an increase of 2.9%.
Within that, Peugeot sales rise 6.7% - partly thanks to the new 308 (small family class) – and Citroën registrations rise by 2.8%. The C4 Cactus (crossover class vehicle) and the C1 (city class) make significant contributions.
Finally, DS brand sales climb by 14.8% partly due to the release of a new DS 5.