Fiat Chrysler could face investigation in France regarding diesel emissions
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could face tough investigation in France regarding possibility of cheating in diesel vehicle emissions. Volkswagen faced strict ruling and fine in the United States after an investigation indicated cheating in case of diesel vehicle emissions. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is already facing investigation in the United States and United Kingdom. New reports suggest that French prosecutors have opened an investigation and it could be a major setback for automobile companies operating in diesel segment.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has claimed that diesel vehicles sold by the company are fully compliant with emissions rules. After Volkswagen scandal emerged, media reports suggested that many other automobile companies were using different techniques to cheat regulators regarding diesel vehicle emissions.
As per reports, investigation regarding Fiat Chrysler vehicles was opened on March 15 in Paris. Consumer affairs and anti-fraud unit of Finance Ministry referred the case to the courts.
Last year, French regulators conducted limited testing of diesel vehicles and reported that some of Fiat Chrysler vehicles exceeded regulatory limits regarding emissions.
In a statement regarding the issue, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said, “The diesel vehicles manufactured by FCA were fully compliant with applicable emissions requirements in Italy.” However, the company hasn’t clarified regarding the models which were facing investigation in France. The company added that it will fully cooperate with regulators regarding any inquiry.
After emissions scandal emerged, Volkswagen stock declined by nearly 43 percent as investigators decided about the fine the company would be required to pay. Volkswagen has recently settled the claims with the U.S. authorities.
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