Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it planned to do a voluntary recalibration to all its new diesels to make them cleaner in real-word conditions.
The Volkswagen cheating revelations triggered an emissions quest all over the automotive industry. Global regulators have initiated inquiries to hunt over polluting cars, while the automakers have also begun to take a thorough look into their own back yard. Following the Volkswagen scandal, Fiat Chrysler made an internal review of its cars and decided that it needs to take some action to update their diesel technology to make it cleaner. However, Fiat wanted to reiterate that it never tried to bypass the emissions tests in any way and its cars are fully complying with emissions regulations. The automaker said it would offer new updated pollution settings starting in April as a “voluntary measure not mandated or requested by any regulatory authorities.” Furthermore, a more comprehensive change to more of its diesel cars will be implemented starting from the second quarter of 2017, adding a new filtering technology by installing a selective catalytic reduction system.
FCA said those changes were part of the company’s plan to adapt to the upcoming new European testing procedures that were aimed to better reflect real-world conditions. The new rules are scheduled to be voted on Wednesday during the plenary session of the EU Parliament. The proposal is to raise diesel car emissions limits for nitrogen oxides by up to 110 percent between September 2017 and January 2020 and by up to 50 percent thereafter. Fiat said it supported the EU plans for softer regulations, saying it welcomed the introduction of new rules to provide “clarity for customers and the industry.”