FCA to voluntarily offer new software for Euro 6 engines this year; upgraded hardware to be added to new models from 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has distanced itself from the ongoing emissions scandal by publically claiming that its diesel vehicles do not use test-cheating defeat devices.

In a statement released today, the car maker revealed that it had conducted a “thorough internal review” of the software in its vehicles and it is now satisfied that its entire line-up of cars comply with emissions regulations.

FCA says its findings confirm that, unlike offending Volkswagen models, its diesel vehicles aren’t able to differentiate between laboratory testing and real-world driving. The car maker admits that emissions levels do vary during tests, but attributes this to varying driving conditions rather than adjustments to the control systems themselves.

The car maker also says despite successfully retesting its vehicles using the New European Driving Cycle procedure, it will give all new Euro 6 models updated software from April 2016 to further reduce emissions figures. Owners of older Euro 6 cars will also be offered this upgrade free of charge, with FCA emphasising that this voluntary upgrade does not constitute as a recall.

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The Italian-American car maker is also promising to increase its use of Active Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to lower the output of certain waste gases.

SCR is currently only fitted to a few FCA models, but the car maker says it will accelerate its programme to implement the system on its entire diesel range from 2017. This, it says, is part of its ongoing work to increase sustainability and address public concerns over diesel technology.

FCA’s bold comments come just days after VW UK boss Paul Willis faced heavy criticism from the government’s Transport Select Committee regarding his company’s handling of the on-going emissions scandal. The German brand has responded to pressure by announcing that it will also equip its future diesel models with SCR technology – something it claims goes beyond its legal requirements.

Renault has also landed itself in hot water, with the French brand announcing it will recall 15,000 cars to "address an error in the engine's calibration unit".

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2 February 2016
tongue in cheek and is someone trying to re-empt something?

what's life without imagination

2 February 2016
Given Fiat's current problem of actually selling its cars and making a profit, it seems daft to carry out this voluntary and no doubt fairly costly upgrade if it doesn't have to. My guess is that the company is somewhat embarrassed by its cars' failure to meet Euro 6, and this is an attempt to put things right before the authorities insist on a formal recall.

jer

2 February 2016
Runs a sales and service unit for the UK, he's got nowt to do with the error. It like hauling that Google ad salesman in to parliament; pointless. They are insignificant to the parent companies decision making.

2 February 2016
have bmw "cheated" emissions tests by having the M button, which - if not pressed/activated - turns the engine down?

2 February 2016
In the current climate it appears any car company saying anything about their products and emissions is damned for saying it and damned if they kep quiet. I find it funny that many demand VW pay compensation over emissions yet in the USA their, and Ford, direct injection petrol engines are giving many problems to owners over build up of carbon on the back of inlet valves. Compensation you must be joking. In Australia VW and Ford's dual clutch transmissions are also panned for problems with very little help from the importers. Again what compensation.

3 February 2016
Vw should have gone down the Renault and FCA route... seems to be far less brouhaha if you just put some spin on the initial dishonesty.

3 February 2016
that Euro 6 standards are being met in the lab conditions but in the real world they are nowhere near. FCA and no doubt others are trying to close the gap voluntarily until they are compelled to do so, either by new legislation (which we know is coming) or weight of customer opinion.

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