FCA CEO Calls Diesel Cheat Allegations 'Unadulterated Hogwash'
Earlier today, it was announced that the EPA has sent a notice of violation to FCA advising the company that its 3.0-liter diesel vehicles are using illegal software intended to fool emissions tests. The automaker has since responded to the accusations, releasing an official statement saying that it 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-liter diesel engines.”
The company clarifies that its diesel engines are equipped with state-of-the-art emissions control systems hardware, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR). It is adamant that its emission control systems meet the applicable requirements and added that it has spent months providing information in response to requests from EPA and other governmental authorities, seeking to explain its emissions control technology. FCA also says it has proposed to develop extensive software changes to its emissions control strategies that could be implemented in the diesel vehicles immediately to further improve emissions performance.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the allegation was released, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said it was “unadulterated hogwash” in regards to his company’s intention to cheat. He added that there’s “nothing in common between the VW reality and what we are describing here.” Marchionne claims that the dispute is over “whether the calibration that was filed…met all regulations.”
The company looks forward to meeting with the EPA’s enforcement division and representatives of the new administration to prove its emissions control strategies are properly justified and are not defeat devices, like what Volkswagen used to cheat diesel emissions tests.
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— Brent Snavely (@BrentSnavely) January 12, 2017