United Kingdom to test Fiat Chrylser jeeps as emissions scandal grows

Siskinds was co-lead counsel in a class-action suit against Volkswagen Canada, following the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

In his Bild am Sonntag interview, Dobrindt said regulators in Italy "have known for several months that Fiat, in the opinion of our experts, uses illegal shut-off devices", and that the company has "refused to participate in the clarification" of the matter.

Jan 16 Tests conducted on Fiat Chrysler's 500X model showed the vehicle is compliant with regulations and there are no emissions irregularities as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Fiat Chrysler denied any wrongdoing. The EPA has accused Fiat-Chrysler of violating the requirement of presenting their emissions-checking software, and suspects the presence of illegal "defeat devices".

Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA started testing the automobiles of numerous manufacturers, consisting of Fiat Chrysler, after Volkswagen's confession of cheating on emissions tests.

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to FCA and FCA US for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act relating to NOx emissions from diesel vehicles - model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with three-litre diesel engines. The European Commission could take action, including the opening of an infringement procedure, if Italy fails to give a response as part of the mediation process with Germany over the Fiat 500X's emissions, EU sources said Monday. It is also included that the European Commission did not seem to have conducted any tests of its own that would affirm the German assertions.

Italy replied that, "contrary to what the spokesperson declared, we have always responded to the EU Commission's requests". An EU official has told Reuters the commission had taken emissions measurements on one rented Fiat 500X model.

The commission could not immediately be reached for comment.

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