FCA Group rejects emissions accusations
FCA Group will attack claims that it has cheated emissions tests as ‘factually wrong and unacceptable’ in a tense meeting
with the European Parliament today. The group is at the centre of a row
between German and Italian transport authorities over emissions testing for its vehicles. German authorities say their own tests show that FCA Group vehicles break emissions limits. These claims have been rejected by Italian officials. In response, the German Transport Ministry took its concerns directly to the European Commission to ask for an investigation into exhaust emissions
of FCA Group vehicles. It says there is evidence of an illegal device to switch off emissions controls because its research shows they turn off after 22 minutes. The official test lasts 20 minutes. Harald Wester, chief technical officer at FCA Group, insisted the firm has done nothing illegal and
dismissed the claims against it
. He said: ‘Our vehicles do not detect that they are being tested. They also do not deactivate the emission control systems 22 minutes after start, contrary to allegations.’ Wester added that manufacturers had to interpret legislation themselves because no proper guidance was available and rejected claims that car companies had ‘acted in bad faith’. Lawmakers are questioning FCA Group as part of a year-long investigation
into the causes of the diesel emissions scandal, which began when it was revealed that millions of Volkswagen Group vehicles had cheated emissions tests by hiding the real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from some diesel models.