According to documents seen by Agence France-Presse, Ghosn, who was heard as a witness, claimed that at the managerial level he was not familiar with issues related to the performance of the engines.
He indicated, according to the interrogation that took place on May 26, that between 2016 and 2018 he was also president of Mitsubishi, the junior partner of Nissan and Renault, “which means running three companies across two continents, and you can well imagine that I was not familiar with the engines in detail.”
The “dieselgate” scandal began with Volkswagen, which admitted in 2015 to using “devices” inside cars to tamper with emissions tests on 11 million diesel engines.
Since then, scandals and investigations have been opened in many countries, including France, where Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen have been accused of defrauding emissions.
In 2016, France’s anti-fraud office pointed directly to Ghosn, saying the accusations affected “the entire chain of command” at Renault, and that the fraud was part of “the company’s strategy.”
But Ghosn, who led Renault from 2005 to 2019, denied that the company had falsified emissions indicators in the questioning, which was revealed by Le Monde newspaper or who revealed it earlier this month.
On technical questions, Ghosn referred investigators to his former subordinates, including his former deputy Carlos Tavares, who now heads the Peugeot, Fiat Chrysler and Opel alliance.
“I am not a car guy,” Ghosn said, stressing that he was an “industrialist” before anything else.