Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denies reports that say the automaker could face a fine in France for manipulating diesel emissions testing data, claiming that there is no basis for the allegations, and that its diesel-powered vehicles are compliant with regulations. In an emailed statement, the automaker told Bloomberg that it has not yet been charged with anything, and is cooperating with the authorities in France.
The report in-question was published Monday by Le Monde, and it says that the possible charges were alluded to in a report from France’s anti-fraud organization. The office is reportedly investigating Fiat Chrysler for aggravated fraud, Bloomberg reports, which could carry a penalty of up to 10 percent of the automaker’s global revenue – or €9.62 billion (about $11.4 billion US).
France started investigating Fiat Chrysler – along with Peugot, Renault, and Volkswagen – for possible diesel emissions cheating back in March of this year, in the wake of Germany’s opening a similar investigation into the Fiat 500X last year. That action prompted other countries, such as Australia, to scrutinize FCA for potential wrongdoing.
In 2015, Volkswagen made waves when it confessed that it had been using a so-called “cheat device” to get around diesel emissions testing. The confession sent the company’s share value plummeting.