Fiat Chrysler did not show up to an interview with the German transport ministry that was scheduled after the Fiat 500X was found to be producing illegal levels of tailpipe emissions, The Associated Press reports.
The German government accused FCA of attempted to skirt emissions laws in the country after they found the diesel Fiat 500X would enter an emissions-saving mode for the first 22 minutes after it the engine was started. The German emissions test typically lasts about 20 minutes.
Lawyers representing FCA sent a letter to the German transport ministry announcing they would be a no-show, as the automaker’s vehicles are certified in Italy and thus only Italian authorities could conduct an investigation. German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt called the automaker’s behavior “completely incomprehensible” and said they had “concrete allegations” against it.
The investigation into FCA is part of a broader investigation by the German government spurred on by the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. In addition to FCA and VW, General Motors’ Opel brand has also come under fire for using emissions altering software.