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Fiat Chrysler seeks diesel emission certification from EPA

Fiat Chrysler seeks diesel emission certification from EPA

Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company's 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the US after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers.

The applications come after the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board in January alleged the automaker used software in previous model years that allowed the vehicles to emit more pollution on the road than showed up in emission tests.

The EPA said around 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram pickups from the 2014-2016 model years are affected.

The U.S. Justice Department has been preparing to sue Fiat Chrysler if talks fail to resolve differences over the automaker's alleged violations, two people briefed on the matter said this week.

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In the latest instance, the US university researcher who exposed Volkswagen's emissions scandal said that tests of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 had revealed major discrepancies between road and lab emissions.

FCA's diesels have also been the subject of attention in Europe. Gas variants of both vehicles are already on sale in the US. If the fix is approved, FCA also plans to update the emissions software in all model year 2014 to 2016 vehicles fit with the 3.0-liter diesel.

An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the agency's policy to avoid discussing the certification status of vehicles not yet approved for sale.

Volkswagen was forced to pay $2.8 billion in criminal fines and $1.5 billion in civil penalties after the German company admitted to programming its diesel cars to trick emissions testers into believing the engines released far less pollution into the air than they actually do, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz this month halted efforts to get approval for 2017 diesel versions of models including the C-Class sedan and GLE SUV, citing an arduous certification process that wasn't justified given demand for the vehicles. The company agreed to pay $4.3 billion in a criminal settlement and more than $17 billion in civil settlements after USA regulators uncovered so-called defeat devices, which change how a vehicle performs during or outside of testing, on VW diesels in 2015. Eventually the German automaker paid more than $22 billion in legal settlements and fines stemming from the cheating. "FCA expects that the installation of these updated software calibrations will improve the 2014-2016 MY vehicles' emissions performance and does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency".


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