FCA investigated for emissions fraud
Officials in Germany and Italy have searched offices of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as part of an international investigation into diesel emissions fraud via the use of cheat devices.
In developments reminiscent of 'dieselgate' in 2015, when Volkswagen was found to have installed such cheat devices on some of its diesel vehicles, potentially illegal software has been detected in Multijet engines, which are used in Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Fiat cars; and in commercial diesel engines used in Iveco and Fiat commercial vehicles.
According to prosecutors in Frankfurt, Germany, it was found that although these vehicles passed pollution tests in a laboratory setting, they used software to mask a significant part of their exhaust emissions while driving on the road. The Frankfurt prosecutors claim that more than 200,000 vehicles could be affected in Germany alone.
The investigation is coordinated at EU level, and focuses on nine individuals residing in Italy, specifically on their activities between 2014 and 2019. An FCA spokesman said the company is cooperating fully with authorities.