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China Bans Certain Renault Models

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From China car times who got it from Bloomberg
June 10 (Bloomberg) — China, the world’s biggest auto market, banned imports of some models of Renault SA vehicles, saying they don’t meet national safety standards. The French company said the vehicles in question were damaged in transit.

Cars exported to China by the French company pose “serious potential safety risks,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said today. It said Renault should examine its quality-control measures and take steps to ensure the safety of its products.

The Laguna, Scenic and Megane models are affected by the ban, which came into the effect on June 4, the statement said. Renault spokeswoman Gita Roux said China’s concerns arose from problems with the transport and storage of a limited number of cars and that there are no issues connected to manufacturing.

“This could be something idiotic like storing the cars with fuel in the tank,” said Peter Schmidt, managing director at Warwick, England-based consulting firm Automotive Industry Data. “Any European car must meet existing Chinese safety legislation. If they didn’t then the vast majority of Chinese domestically made cars would also fail the test.”

The faults concern 160 older-generation vehicles that were built in 2007 and presumably stored since then, Roux said.

“We’re sending a team of experts to look into it and to make sure we establish the proper processes,” she said by telephone. “Our concern is to ensure that we comply fully with requirements of the Chinese authorities.”

Renault’s Megane and Clio models were subject to a warning by Chinese authorities regarding potential risks in March last year after the company failed to report a fault that was filed in other countries, according to the quality-control agency’s Web site. That warning was removed in August after Renault took appropriate measures, it says.
The Renault Megane and Clio are one of the safest cars in Europe are they not?
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French cars fail tests in China

China and France fell out over Mr Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama
China has stopped importing several French-made models of Renault cars, after a safety watchdog said it had found "safety problems".

A Renault spokesperson said problems had occurred in transport and storage but not the manufacturing of some cars.

The ban was announced three days after honorary citizenship of Paris was given to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese government had condemned the award.

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued a statement on Wednesday, but dated 4 June, saying "There are severe hidden safety problems."

"It's not linked to manufacturing. We have taken measures to make sure it doesn't happen again. We are sending a team of experts on site," said Renault spokeswoman Gita Roux.

The models affected by the import ban include the Laguna Ph2, Scenic, Megane Ph2 and Megane PH2 Coupe-Cabriolet.

Renault sells fewer than 1,000 cars in China.

On Monday, China assailed the decision by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, to grant honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama as a "grave interference" in China's domestic affairs.

Tension has been high between France and China, following chaotic scenes during last year's Olympic torch relay through Paris, and a December meeting between Mr Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama.

Last month China warned France not to make more "errors" on Tibet.

"The behaviour of the Paris government... has created grave interference in relations between China and France," China's foreign ministry said in its statement to the AFP on Monday.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala in India since 1959, when China took full control of Tibet.
by they are still have negotiations, DFM will then produce all french brands in china, they are already doing citroen and peugeot
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