German regulator urges European Commission to examine Fiat 500X, Fiat Doblo and Jeep Renegade models
Sam Sheehan
2 September 2016

The German Transport Ministry has asked the European Commission to investigate Fiat after it found what could be emissions cheat devices on certain models.

According to reports on Reuters, the ministry has referred to data collected by the German motor vehicle authority (KBA) that suggests Fiat 500X, Fiat Doblo and Jeep Renegade models could be cheating tests.

During KBA tests, it was reportedly found that some Fiat vehicles were only running their pollution reducing systems for 22 minutes. An official laboratory emissions test runs for about 20 minutes.

The KBA’s findings were raised with Italian authorities earlier this year with claims that both Fiat and its sister company Chrysler were equipping cars with illegal exhaust manipulation devices.

Since the devices affected the way cars performed in tests to give them better than real-life results, similarities with Volkswagen and its use of a software-based system have been drawn.

"It is first and foremost a dialogue between the two member states concerned, with an obligation to keep the Commission informed and the possibility for the Commission to facilitate a solution if no agreement can be found," said the Commission in its latest statement.

According to Reuters, the Italian infrastructure ministry, of which the motor authority is a part, said it hadn’t received any contact from German authorities. It added that Italy’s own tests for the Fiat 500 had shown it to conform to legal requirements.

The tests came as part of a wider European movement for regulators to retest vehicles following Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal.

Autocar has contacted Fiat for official comment on the accusations, but it hasn't yet offered a response.

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2 September 2016
Where is the evidence ? get back to sorting VW out. What cheek pointing the finger at others after being found out. !!

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

2 September 2016
DBtechnician wrote:

Where is the evidence ? get back to sorting VW out. What cheek pointing the finger at others after being found out. !!

VW had software to switch emissions control off, Fiat use a timer, Opel/Vauxhall and Mercedes-Benz use a thermal switch - they're all at it so stop pretending VW is the only bad boy.

2 September 2016
Trooper you actually get it! They are all at it which explains why the emissions data for similar cars is so close to the other makes. Best thing to do would be to devise a better testing regime and wave goodbye to these stupid ever-decreasing CO2, NOx targets etc...

2 September 2016
So now FIAT not only make cr*p cars they lie about them too. Still only to be expected.

 

 
 
 

2 September 2016
Big deal. Who really (I mean really) cares whether a car has an emission 'cheat device' or more accurately a 'test mode' when its being tested? Loads will no doubt say they are but the reality is, these people cause more pollution when they chuck rubbish out on the street.

2 September 2016
centenary wrote:

Big deal. Who really (I mean really) cares whether a car has an emission 'cheat device' or more accurately a 'test mode' when its being tested? Loads will no doubt say they are but the reality is, these people cause more pollution when they chuck rubbish out on the street.

I care, I have just traded in my wife's 6yr old VW Passat highline estate and been given £1600 all because of the negative issues regarding the VW scandal. Even the dealer said that at this moment in time they are finding it harder to shift VW vehicles due to this and that they sit on the car lots for a lot longer so it costs them money. I for one shall never buy another VW owned product.

Optima2

2 September 2016
If this was another VW related scandal story the comments would run to three pages of hate by now. Let's hope that those who like to vomit their anti VW bile on these pages would have the same financial penalties that they prescribe for VW levied on (if guilty) Fiat. Trouble is, Fiat would probably go under if that happened and we don't want that do we.

3 September 2016
What cheek! What has this KBA done to take to task their own culprit Volkswagen? Has it fined it a Euro? Prosecute Fiat? Has KBA prosecuted Volkswagen? In light of its lack of action what does this German authority expect the Italians to do?

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