According to Automotive News Europe, letters have been sent to the European Commission and the Italian Transport Ministry, saying that Germany found unusual increases in the emissions of four FCA vehicles. Earlier this year, the German transport ministry raised concerns over FCA vehicles with Italian authorities, but Italy rejected those claims.
The German tests reportedly found a “special nitrogen oxide catalyst which is being switched off after a few cleaning cycles,” according to WirtschaftsWoche magazine. The affected vehicles include the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade, as well as the Fiat Doblo van, all equipped with Fiat’s latest 2.0-liter diesel engine.
An FCA spokesman responded to Automotive News Europe saying that the automaker’s cars conform to current emissions rules and do not contain defeat devices.
Automakers worldwide have been placed under a microscope ever since Volkswagen admitted last September that it has been cheating on diesel emissions tests.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]
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