Stellantis companies called to French court for alleged emissions cheating

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Peugeot, Citroën, and Fiat-Chrysler have been summoned to appear at the Judicial Court of Paris in July, which has examined the companies for alleged diesel emissions cheating in France between 2009 and 2015.

The three companies are part of the Stellantis group, which defended: "The companies firmly believe that their emission control systems met all applicable requirements at the relevant times." 

Stellantis added in a statement that it will "cooperate fully with the justice system in order to resolve this matter." 

As the allegations connect the French carmakers' sale of Euro 5 diesel vehicles, Stellantis said it will pay the appropriate legal fees. 

"As typical in a French criminal inquiry, Automobiles Peugeot S.A. will have to pay a bail of €10 million (P580 million), of which eight million for the potential payment of damages and fines and two million to ensure the company's representation in court."

It will also have to provide a bank guarantee of €30 million Euros (P1.7 billion) for the potential compensation for losses, Stellantis added. 

Similar charges were also announced against Renault and Volkswagen, according to a report by the Agence France-Presse. 

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