The Australian government is closely monitoring Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands for any diesel emissions cheating amid investigations into the automaker’s diesel emissions abroad.
FCA is currently under investigation by French authorities for potential diesel emissions cheating, prompting Australia to begin looking at the automaker’s behaviour in the country. Lawmakers also cite its potential cheating with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine in the United States as reason to be suspicious of its conduct there.
“The Department is aware of investigations being undertaken in Europe and the US over allegations that Fiat Chrysler vehicles have not complied with relevant emissions requirements,” a spokesperson told News.com.au.
“The Department is working with Fiat Chrysler Australia to identify whether the issues subject to investigation in Europe and the US are of any relevance to vehicles or engine options supplied to the Australian market.
“The Department will continue to monitor overseas investigations and take action within Australia where appropriate.”
According to News.com.au data, Jeep is the largest purveyor of diesel vehicles for Fiat Chrysler Australia, with consumers buying about 36,000 of them since 2009. Alfa Romeo and Chrysler are a distant secnd with 2,000 units a piece since 2009, followed by Fiat at just 500.
FCA maintains that its cars remain in compliance with both European and U.S. laws. The automaker denied to make a statement on the Australian government’s move when asked for comment by News.com.au.