Europe: PSA says to publicize real-world fuel economy figures

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France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second largest automaker behind Germany’s VW AG, has announced its intention to make available to the public real-world fuel economy data pertaining to its diesel vehicles as observed by an independent institution. The carmaker’s drive comes in close relation to its larger rivals’ admission that VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda diesel vehicles had been produced with illegal software onboard – with up to 11 million vehicles across the globe potentially affected. “We know that we have a favorable positioning and we want to exploit this favorable positioning by letting people know about it,” commented chief financial officer Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon. The automaker also issued a statement to say none of its vehicles have ever used software that can dupe diesel testing procedures by switching on and off the emissions control systems when it detects laboratory testing conditions – as its German counterpart admitted doing in the US. The PSA manager said the company’s desire is to avoid consumer confusion by delivering independent, real-world numbers. He added the company does it because they are leaders in clean diesel technology and PSA has already fitted all of its Euro 6 engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control systems, which are known to be the most effective at lowering NOx levels. According to a PSA spokesperson, the automaker will move to deliver the real-world numbers as of next spring, a delay needed to finalize the negotiations with the independent organization taking care of the tests. The procedures will affect all three brands – Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles – with figures for CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Via Automotive News Europe