FIAT Chrysler sus­pected of emis­sions cheat­ing

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

BERLIN—Ger­man reg­u­la­tors sus­pect that Ital­ianAmer­i­can auto maker Fiat Chrysler, like Volk­swa­gen, used il­le­gal soft­ware to cheat on emis­sions tests, a news­pa­per re­port said Sun­day.

The Ger­man Fed­eral Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Of­fice (KBA) had sent a re­port voic­ing the sus­pi­cion to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and to Ital­ian author­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Ger­many’s Bild am Son­ntag news­pa­per.

The news re­port came after Ger­many on Thurs­day blasted Fiat for its “un­co­op­er­a­tive at­ti­tude” for re­fus­ing to meet its of­fi­cials to ad­dress ques­tions on whether their ve­hi­cles com­plied with emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

Ger­man author­i­ties launched a sweep­ing emis­sions probe after Volk­swa­gen ad­mit­ted last year to rig­ging its en­gines with so-called de­feat de­vices to cheat pol­lu­tion tests.

Not only VW ve­hi­cles, but other ma­jor car brands, in­clud­ing Fiat, showed up ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Bild am Son­ntag re­ported that test­ing by the KBA of a Fiat model had shown that the emission con­trol sys­tem shut down after 22 min­utes — two min­utes after the end of a stan­dard test.

This caused the dan­ger­ous pol­lu­tant ni­tro­gen ox­ide (NOx) to be re­leased into the at­mos­phere “at more than 10 times the per­mit­ted level”, the re­port said ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

The KBA had con­cluded that there was “suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of an im­per­mis­si­ble de­feat de­vice”, said the news­pa­per, adding that the au­tomaker had de­clined to com­ment on the claims.

Fiat of­fi­cials had been due to hold a meet­ing with Ger­man author­i­ties on Wed­nes­day but can­celled the talks abrupt­edly through a lawyer’s let­ter, the trans­port min­istry said in a state­ment.

The car­maker had de­clined to meet as it deemed Ital­ian of­fi­cials to be the only author­ity re­spon­si­ble on the ques­tion of whether their ve­hi­cles com­plied with ex­ist­ing emis­sions reg­u­la­tions, the min­istry said.—AFP

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