German transport authorities have found evidence of an emissions cheat device in a diesel Fiat 500X crossover, further fuelling claims that Fiat Chrysler has tried to skirt emissions laws in the EU.
French authorities have also accused FCA of attempting to employ an emissions cheat device in diesel vehicles in the country, but the automaker has denied the allegations. This latest accusation claims a diesel 500X shut off its exhaust gas treatment system after 90 minutes of operation, while another shut it off after just 22 minutes. Seeing as the standard EU emissions tests lasts around 20 minutes, this would suggest a device is being used to time the treatment system shut-off.
A spokesperson for FCA said they could not provide comment on the new findings as they have never seen the supposed documents that allege its transgression.
“We are not in a position to comment on the validity or accuracy of supposed KBA (German transport authority) internal documents or on purported emissions tests that we have never seen,” a FCA spokesperson told Reuters in a statement.
FCA is also under investigation in the United States for using a cheat device in vehicles equipped with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. The Environmental Protection Agency found evidence that those cars would go into an less eco-friendly mode when travelling at high speeds or under long periods of operation. The automaker denies the allegations and is hoping to have EcoDiesel-equipped vehicles certified for the 2017 model year shortly.
Via The Drive