Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is expecting the Environmental Protection Agency to certify its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 for the 2017 model year after the watchdog group accused FCA of failing to disclose the use of Auxiliary emission-control devices (AECDs) in the engines.
Marchionne told The Detroit News that FCA has been in “pretty intense,” discussions with the automaker in regards to the accusations. The Italian-Canadian executive believes the talks are going well and is expecting the EPA to certify the EcoDiesel engine for the 2017 model year shortly.
“I think discussions are proceeding well, and I think they are a confirmation of certainly the goodwill that’s been established with the regulatory agencies now for a number of years,” he said.
The EPA refused to certify 2017 model year Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine after it found evidence of illegal AECDs being used. The EPA claims the EcoDiesel engine switches to a less emissions-friendly mode after long periods of operation or at high speeds, however FCA denies the allegations, with Marchionne saying the automaker isn’t “stupid,” enough to try and skirt U.S. emissions laws. Around 140,000 vehicles with the EcoDiesel engine are estimated to be on dealer lots and public roads.