Has FCA Been Caught Using 'Cheat' Devices Too?

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been accused by the German government for using 'cheat' devices. Germany sent letters to the European Commission and the Italian Transport Ministry saying that it found unusual increase in emission levels of four FCA vehicles.

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The letters said that the findings proved the "illegal use of a device to switch off exhaust treatment systems". The engine that is in the latest scandal is Fiat's 2.0-litre diesel engine and the models in concern are the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade small SUVs, along with the Fiat Doblo.

A spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, however, said that the vehicles meet current emission norms and they do not have any defeat devices in them. The German tests on the other hand, found a "special nitrogen oxide catalyst which is being switched off after a few cleaning cycles".

The European Commission in a statement said, "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."

Speaking about FCA, the carmaker launched the Jeep brand in India. The Warngler Unlimited is priced at Rs. 71.59 lakh onward, while the Grand Cherokee is priced from Rs. 93.64 lakh onward.

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Story first published: Friday, September 2, 2016, 10:37 [IST]
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