Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles rejected claims it manipulated diesel-emission tests in France after French newspaper Le Monde published a report on potential fines that could be levied on the automaker. FCA has not been charged with any wrongdoing and continues to cooperate with French authorities.
The French newspaper reported this past Monday that a report from the country’s anti-fraud office detailed a fine that could potentially reach $11.5 billion. Authorities are reportedly looking into aggravated fraud, which can result in a maximum fine of 10 percent of global revenue, reach equals the lofty figure.
In a statement, FCA said it “looks forward to the opportunity to respond to these claims should they be made and to demonstrate its diesel vehicles comply with applicable emissions requirements.” The country of Italy, responsible for certifying Fiat cars because the automaker’s regional operations are based in the country, has backed FCA and asserted no illegal devices were present during tests.