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Settle or Sue: U.S. Ready to Take on FCA Over Diesel Rigging Allegations

Automaker accused of using “defeat device” to meet emissions mandates.

by on May.18, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards - but the EPA claims it was rigged to pass emissions tests.

The U.S. Justice Department has reportedly given Fiat Chrysler Automobiles an ultimatum: either settle allegations it rigged its diesel models to illegally pass U.S. emissions tests or be hit with a lawsuit.

With the Euro-American automaker so far fiercely challenging those claims by the government, a civil suit could be filed as early as this week, according to a report by the Reuters news service.

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The automaker says it sees the threat of litigation as “counterproductive,” adding that it “will defend itself vigorously” in court, if necessary. But whether it will now back down is uncertain considering FCA management will need to weigh the potential damages – both in terms of legal costs and possible fines and penalties, as well as the hit to its image the automaker could face.

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Fiat Chrysler Latest to be Charged With Rigging Diesel Emissions

Automaker’s stock price tumbles in wake of EPA allegations.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards since its 2015 introduction.

Barely 24 hours after the U.S. Justice Department announced a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen AG in connection with the German maker’s diesel emissions scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of rigging its own diesel engines to illegally pass emissions test.

The agency said the so-called defeat device technology “appeared to cause the vehicles to perform differently when being tested” than when in use in real-world conditions. That was the same thing the EPA, in September 2014, charged that Volkswagen had done. Since then, VW has paid out close to $25 billion in fines and penalties related to the scandal. And FCA stockholders, apparently fearing a similar financial hit, sent the maker’s stock tumbling in the wake of the latest revelation.

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“This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides from the vehicles, threatening public health by polluting the air that we breathe.”

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Clean Diesel Sales Outpace Market Recovery

Diesel demand outpacing hybrids.

by on Jan.16, 2012

Porsche will introduce its first U.S. diesel in an upcoming version of its big Cayenne SUV.

Battery technology may be generating the headlines but diesels appear to be grabbing the buyers.

U.S. diesel sales grew by more than 27% last year and could post another big jump in 2012, industry officials forecast, with a number of makers adding the high-mileage technology to their line-ups.  Among those who are planning to add diesels to their line-up this year are Chrysler, General Motors and Porsche, while other makers, including Nissan, could follow.

“Without a doubt, 2011 was a key year for the industry’s effort to reestablish clean diesel automobiles in the United States,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Overall, diesels accounted for more than 3% of the U.S. automotive market last year, with all battery-electric, plug-in and conventional hybrid models combined generating just over 2%.

The diesel market can loosely be divided into two distinct segments: pickup trucks making up the largest, though passenger cars, SUVs and crossovers are rapidly gaining new converts, the data suggest.

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Chrysler Adding 1,100 Detroit Jobs to Build Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Maker confirms plans to launch Dodge Viper, add 150 more jobs at reopened Connor plant.

by on Jan.06, 2012

Chrysler will add 1,100 jobs as it prepares to launch a diesel version of its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler will add another 1,250 jobs at a pair of assembly plants in the Motor City, as it prepares to launch production of a diesel-powered version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee along with an all-new Dodge Viper sports car.

The biggest increase, involving 1,100 workers, will come with the addition of a third shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, on Detroit’s east side.  Meanwhile, Chrysler will re-open its old Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, adding another 150 jobs.  The facility was closed prior to the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy when it stopped production of the old Dodge Viper.

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“Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit,” said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne.  “We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history.”

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Chrysler Suing Daimler Over Parts for 2010 Models

Shortage of diesels, other parts could halt production.

by on Aug.26, 2009

Chrysler has gone to court to force former partner Daimler AG to continue supplying the heart of the Grand Cherokee Diesel - its engine.

Chrysler has gone to court to force former partner Daimler AG to continue supplying the heart of the Grand Cherokee Diesel - its engine.

The frosty split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler just got a lot colder, with the U.S. maker suing the German firm over its decision to stop supplying parts needed for some of Chrysler’s 2010 models.

This is the second time this month the two former allies, known for nearly a decade as DaimlerChrysler AG, have squared off in court.  Earlier in August, unsecured creditors who suffered significant losses as part of the Chrysler bankruptcy, laid out claims that Daimler fraudulently diverted $9 billion in assets immediately before divesting itself of its American arm, with the sale of Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management.

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In the latest action, Chrysler went back to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Albert Gonzalez to seek an order requiring Daimler to continue providing diesel engines, steering columns and torque convertors used in some of the American company’s 2010 products.  Without them, Chrysler asserted, it would be forced to halt production of some models.

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