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Fiat Chrysler Files Diesel Fix, Sees Resolving U.S. Concerns

Fiat Chrysler Files Diesel Fix, Sees Resolving U.S. Concerns FCA Applies For EPA Approval Of 2017 Jeep, Ram Diesel Models
Manuel Armenta | 19 May, 2017, 20:44

The move follows reports this week that indicated the company could face a federal lawsuit if no agreement is reached soon on resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations involving previous year diesel models.

The engine dates back to the 2014 model year for two models: The Ram 1500 pickup truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

Fiat Chrysler says it's in discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over claims the company cheated on diesel emissions tests.

Mayne said this week's changes are different from the ones proposed before January 12, and FCA said today that the filing comes after "many months of close collaboration between FCA U.S. and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the company's emissions control technology". With the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV filed a proposed fix to its diesel engines that the carmaker predicts will resolve negotiations with the Justice Department and other USA regulators.

Once the certification is approved, owners of the diesel-equipped vehicles will be able to receive the software updates at their dealerships.

FCA would not comment on exactly what the changes will be, though the company says that it "does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency".

FCA said January 12 that its emissions controls are "properly justified" and thus not defeat devices, adding that it had "proposed a number of actions to address EPA's concerns, including developing extensive software changes to our emissions control strategies that could be implemented in these vehicles immediately to further improve emissions performance".

An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the agency's policy to avoid discussing the certification status of vehicles not yet approved for sale. The agency also stopped FCA from certifying its 2017 3.0-liter diesel model.

"They can not be classified as defeat devices because we're trying to defeat nothing", FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said in January. On Wednesday, the European Commission, an arm of the European Union, demanded answers from the Italian government over its handling of emissions allegations against the company there.