Earlier this year it was reported that Fiat was under investigation in Germany after the diesel Fiat 500X was found to have possibly been fitted with an emissions cheat device. We’ve heard little about the scenario since it first came to light in April, but now FCA’s been summoned by German authorities over the matter.
According to AutoExpress, FCA has been asked to meet with representatives from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in order to be questioned over its potentially illegal software. The organization claims the diesel Fiat 500X may have software that enables an emissions cheat mode for the first 22 minutes after the car is started. Because the German emissions test typically lasts 20 minutes, the software allow the vehicle dodge to emissions laws in the country.
In addition to FCA, General Motors’ Opel brand has also been summoned for questioning by the KBA. German authorities claim the Opel Insignia and Zafira are fitted with a cheat software similar to Fiat’s that would allow for its cars to skirt German emissions regulations. The automaker denies the allegations.
“Opel once again wants to stress the fact that we do not deploy any software that recognises whether a car is undergoing an exhaust emissions test. This statement is backed by extensive tests conducted in various countries,” Opel said in a prepared statement.