The German government had scheduled a meeting with FCA after German publication Der Spiegel found the Fiat 500X to be producing illegal levels of tailpipe emissions.
Lawyers representing the automaker cancelled the meeting Thursday on the grounds that its cars are certified in Italy and are recognized as being within law by the Italian government. Its stock took a resulting hit Friday, falling 1.8 percent as the European auto sector remained flat, according to Reuters data.
Italian Transport Minister Graziano Delrio has argued that if the German government wants to go after FCA for vehicle emissions, they should contact Italian regulators, not the company directly. Delrio also said FCA was willing to send over data in regards to its vehicle emissions so long as the right entities were involved.