Renault-Nissan CEO at Paris auto show: Diesel isn't dead yet

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  • Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media during the presentation of the Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media during the presentation of the Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates ... to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (The Associated Press)

  • Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media during the presentation of the Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media during the presentation of the Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates ... to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (The Associated Press)

  • Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn adresses the media during the presentation of the new Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn adresses the media during the presentation of the new Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its ... gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (The Associated Press)

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn't ready to give up on diesel — though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company's bet on electric cars.

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In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press at the Paris auto show, Ghosn said, "Without any doubt we will continue to develop diesel," particularly for SUVs and other high-range cars.

Renault also invested early and big in electric cars, and he added, "Anything that goes toward more electric cars is good for us." Renault unveiled its latest Zoe electric car model Thursday, with 400 kilometers (240 miles) of autonomy.

European authorities are tightening environmental rules and investigating carmakers after Volkswagen was found to have used engine software to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests.