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EPA Suspected Fiat Chrysler of Diesel Emissions Cheating in 2015

New documents reveal long-standing suspicions.

by on Jun.16, 2017

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has repeatedly denied claims that the company used a cheat device or software to meet diesel emissions requirements.

The Environmental Protection Agency suspected that Fiat Chrysler was using some sort of cheating device when testing its diesel emissions levels back in 2015, according to news reports.

The revelation came to light through a public records request, Reuters reported, that uncovered emails discussing the possibility in November 2015.

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Fiat Chrysler, which has repeatedly denied the accusation, was accused earlier this year by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board of using software to cheat on the emissions test in a manner similar to Volkswagen. The charge applies to 104,000 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Problems Getting Worse

VW diesel researchers find problems with FCA's diesel emissions.

by on Jun.15, 2017

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

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. is facing potentially devastating and expensive Volkswagen-style problems involving its diesel engines.

A new series of tests by researchers from West Virginia, who uncovered the cheating on emission tests by Volkswagen, have yielded significant discrepancies between laboratory tests and road tests of tests of FCA vehicles equipped with diesel engines.

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The company is already facing a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice that claims the company used “defeat devices” to cheat on emissions testing. If the tests hold up, it could undermine that work and lead to a very big fine for FCA, according to observers. (more…)

Feds Haul Fiat Chrysler into Court Over Diesel Emission Testing

FCA offered software solution hoping to avoid a trial.

by on May.23, 2017

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said earlier this year that the automaker wasn't attempting to cheat on its diesel emissions tests.

Looks like Fiat Chrysler’s best efforts weren’t enough as the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit accusing the automaker of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel-equipped Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks sold since 2014.

Filed in U.S. District court in Detroit, the suit is a procedural step designed to turn up the pressure on Fiat Chrysler, according to Reuters. While Volkswagen AG has been dealing with its diesel emissions problem for some time — and at a cost in excess of $25 billion — this suit may be a signal that more makers should be concerned in the U.S. and abroad.

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The automaker has been working with federal regulators to resolve the issue and just yesterday appeared to believe it was on the path to avoiding a lawsuit from the Justice Dept. and potentially $6 billion in fines. (more…)