An internal review conducted in mid-2015 by Fiat Chrysler revealed dealers had falsely reported as many as 6,000 vehicle sales, insider sources revealed to Automotive News.
Reports of the internal review come shortly after Bloomberg revealed the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice had launched an investigation into FCA and the way it reports sales.
AN’s report indicates FCA U.S. sales boss Reid Bigland put a stop to false sales reporting, which went on for an unknown period of time, however it returned this year as pressure mounted for employees to meet aggressive sales targets.
Chicago area dealership Napleton Automotive Group filed a civil suit against in January FCA for attempting to pay them in exchange for inflating sales figures. FCA responded by denying the allegations and saying the suit was “nothing more than the product of two disgruntled dealers.”
Bloomberg’s report indicated the SEC investigation and was still in its early stages. FCA said it was “co-operating with the investigation,” but declined to comment on whether or not it found evidence of inflated sales figures in 2015.