Fiat Chrysler accused of cheating on emissions tests

Fiat Chrysler Emissions Cheating

Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler has been accused by German regulators of cheating on emissions tests.

Just like Volkswagen, the company is suspected of using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said Sunday.

The German Federal Motor Vehicle Office (KBA) had sent a report voicing its suspicion to the European Commission and to Italian authorities, according to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag.

Officials in Germany have attacked Fiat Chrysler for its “uncooperative attitude” after the company refused to meet with officials to address questions over the cheating accusations.

Following Volkswagen’s cheating scandal, officials in Germany launched an investigation into the major car brands sold in the country.

Bild am Sonntag reported that the KBA tested a Fiat model that shut down its emission control system after 22 minutes — a full two minutes after the end of a standard test.

That caused nitrogen oxide (NOx) to be released into the atmosphere “at more than 10 times the permitted level”, the report said according to the newspaper.

The KBA said its tests prove a “sufficient evidence of an impermissible defeat device”, said the newspaper.

Fiat officials were supposed to hold a meeting with German officials on Wednesday but abruptly cancelled by issuing a letter through their oil.

“This uncooperative attitude of Fiat is completely incomprehensible,” said Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt.