Is Ram on the verge of settling its Ecodiesel emissions scandal?
In other FCA/RAM news, the automaker and the Department of Justice are inching closer to a resolution regarding the ’14-16 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokees that were powered by the 3.0L Ecodiesel but failed to meet emission standards. In a letter to FCA, the DOJ demanded that some 104,000 pickups and SUVS be recalled and that the manufacturer pay “substantial” civil fines, although no financial penalty amount was disclosed. If you recall, the EPA alleged back in May 2017 that Ecodiesel vehicles were equipped with software that made it possible for the engines to meet emissions requirements in a test setting yet pollute well beyond the established standards while out on the road. As a result, FCA wasn’t able to sell ’17 model year versions until an emissions fix was approved and in place on new models.