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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Commissioner urges Member States to speed up "Dieselgate" investigations

The industry commissioner, saying that VW is not the only manufacturer to flout testing rules, has called on Member States to speed up their investigations into the matter. Renault and Fiat have been strenuously denying that they have been involved in any emissions wrongdoing in France and the US respectively.

Independent tests in France had shown that NOx emissions were higher in real-world driving than in tests. Following the initial investigation which ended in November, the matter has been taken up by the public prosecutor in Paris. The Paris prosecutor has jurisdiction throughout the country in consumer matters.

In the US, the EPA has issued a notice of violation against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The notice accuses FCA of failing to notify the EPA that one of its diesel engines ran software that affected NOx emissions. The software is not illegal but should have been disclosed.

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