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Reports suggest an Italian emission-cheating investigation allowed FCA to skip tests designed to catch cheat devices

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was allowed to skip tests in Italy's emissions-cheating investigation, according to a report from Italy's transport ministry.

The tests, designed to find illegal engine software, were completed by BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and General Motors but three of the seven FCA models tested didn't record results, according to Lancia Ypsilon 1.3, but transport ministry spokeswoman Luisa Gabbi told Reuters more results for FCA models would follow and added that "no key test has been omitted for FCA". FCA also denies breaking any laws.

The news has led to calls for the relationships between national testing authorities and domestic car makers to be scrutinised more closely ahead of a vote on Thursday on tougher EU control of vehicle testing conducted by national authorities.

Prosecution in France

FCA could still face prosecution in France after investigators recorded abnormal emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutants from some of its diesel engines.

The investigation allegedly revealed emissions from some of the manufacturer's models were several times higher than regulatory limits, and FCA has been referred for possible prosecution while investigations into other car brands continue. Both Volkswagen and Renault have previously been referred to French prosecutors.

Results from a testing programme carried out by French regulators last July showed that the Jeep Cherokee emitted eight times the NOx limit during lab tests, while the Fiat 500X emitted almost 17 times the limit in road testing, according to the report.

An FCA spokesman told dieselgate emissions scandal, according to answer to German regulators last spring, before being accused of using an emissions cheat device in October.

In the midst of the Volkswagen emissions scandal at the beginning of 2016, FCA also released an unprompted statement saying that its cars do not cheat emissions tests.

Volkswagen’s US emissions scandal has involved the arrest of two senior employees and charges held against five more, who are believed to be in Germany. The manufacturer agreed to pay a $4.3 billion (£3.55bn) fine to US regulators as a settlement.

FCA released the following statement in reaction to the EPA's accusation: "FCA US is disappointed that the EPA has chosen to issue a notice of violation with respect to the emissions control technology employed in the company’s 2014-16 model year light-duty 3.0-litre diesel engines.

"FCA US looks forward to the opportunity to meet with the EPA’s enforcement division and representatives of the new administration to demonstrate that FCA US’s emissions control strategies are properly justified and thus are not defeat devices under applicable regulations and to resolve this matter expeditiously."

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scrap 13 January 2017

Which are the 600k European

Which are the 600k European models implicated then? It can't just be the V6 engine, surely. Autocar seems to publish more half-baked stories these days.
voyager12 13 January 2017

What should I tell her now?

Marchionne: "Darn, just when I'm courting Mary for the 100th time. Pretty Em-Barra-ssing."
Aussierob 13 January 2017

Ahem

Have we forgotten who actually owns FCA? Are we rewriting history here? I always thought the Yanks would do this.
Chrysler went bust in the GFC and, even after taking federal money they still couldn't keep going and so were bought out by Fiat.
So don't suggest the US authorities are bearing down on domestic automakers. They just aren't.
This is yet another case of hitting Jonny Foreigner to protect good old Uncle Sam.
xxxx 13 January 2017

Ahem - American companies getting away with what exactly?

Aussierob wrote:

Have we forgotten who actually owns FCA? Are we rewriting history here? I always thought the Yanks would do this.
Chrysler went bust in the GFC and, even after taking federal money they still couldn't keep going and so were bought out by Fiat.
So don't suggest the US authorities are bearing down on domestic automakers. They just aren't.
This is yet another case of hitting Jonny Foreigner to protect good old Uncle Sam.

They not bearing down on BMW, Honda, Toyota etc either (none of which are American companies). Reason - because like various American car companies as of yet they’ve done nothing wrong.
American car makers sell next to no diesel’s in America so would have little to gain by cheating Nox figures so they don’t. Do you have any evidence otherwise?