The German Transport Ministry has recently said the European Commission and Italian authorities should test Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder.
This is because their own testing has revealed the presence of an emissions defeat device and according to a report the letter sent to the European Commission talked about an “illegal use of a device to switch off exhaust treatment systems.” The testing occurred after VW’s Dieselgate scandal erupted, as regulators started to scrutinize other automakers for similar devices. German authorities tested the 2.0-liter engine that is used in the Fiat 500X, Doblo and Jeep Renegade and allegedly found out the exhaust treatment system closed off after functioning for 22 minutes.
It also appears Italian authorities found no evidence of such a device and were less than cooperative when approached by the German counterparts – so the latter have decided to ask the European Commission to step in. If the KBA is right about the cheating, they will most likely have FCA recall the affected vehicles – as they did with the 630,000 diesel cars from Volkswagen, Opel, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche that were required to update their emissions management software. The German Transport Ministry’s allegations are not alone in claiming the FCA diesel has such a device – a firm called Emissions Analytics also found the Fiat 500X with the engine to exceed nitrogen oxide emission by 12 times, though this time around the tests were conducted in real life scenarios.