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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Could Face A Sales Ban In Germany

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      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could be facing some serious penalties in Germany

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles currently finds itself in hot water with the German transport ministry (KBA) for missing a meeting last week to talk about the use of software that turns off emission controls. Then word came out from the KBA that FCA declined to cooperate with the investigation, saying their vehicles meet emission standards. Because of that move, the KBA is considering banning the sale of FCA vehicles.

     

    Reuters cites a report from German newspaper Bild am Sonntag where sources said the KBA could threaten the company with a sales ban if they don't comply with emission rules. Not good news since the country is FCA's second biggest European market.

     

    How did FCA end up here? Bild am Sonntag explains that the KBA found evidence of the exhaust treatment system turning off after 22 minutes in some of FCA's models. A regular emission test takes about 20 minutes.

     

    After this news came out, shares in FCA dropped five percent in European stock trading.

     

    What happens next? Italian regulators and the European Commission will look at the data from the KBA before deciding the next move.

     

    FCA isn't the only automaker currently in hot water with the KBA. Last week, Opel met with officials to discuss software that turns off emission controls in the Zafira.

     

    Source: Reuters

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    That isn't good news for them.

     

    One thing about FCA, is they never really bothered to build fuel efficient cars, they have for years just wanted to build pickups, Jeeps and Hemi powered full size sedans.  At some point you have to round out the portfolio or introduce new technology.

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    That isn't good news for them.

     

    One thing about FCA, is they never really bothered to build fuel efficient cars, they have for years just wanted to build pickups, Jeeps and Hemi powered full size sedans.  At some point you have to round out the portfolio or introduce new technology.

    What you say is true if looking at the US market only. In Europe, FCA sells very few of the Ram, Jeep Hemi powered auto's. They do sell plenty of their junky Fiats. This proves out in their recent Monthly report for Europe.

     

    FCA sold 354,000 auto's in Europe from Jan to April a 15.6% increase over last year. Sales went as follows:

     

    Fiat label - 268,700

    Lancia Label - 27,000

    Alfa Romeo - 20,800

    Maserati - 2,068

    Jeep - 35,300

     

    Since taxation is so high based on engine size, Jeep does not sell but a few Hemi's, so your assessment is totally wrong. 

     

    http://www.fcagroup.com/en-US/media_center/fca_press_release/FiatDocuments/2016/may/APRIL_2016_FIAT_CHRYSLER_AUTOMOBILES_SALES_IN_EUROPE.pdf

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    That isn't good news for them.

     

    One thing about FCA, is they never really bothered to build fuel efficient cars, they have for years just wanted to build pickups, Jeeps and Hemi powered full size sedans.  At some point you have to round out the portfolio or introduce new technology.

    What you say is true if looking at the US market only. In Europe, FCA sells very few of the Ram, Jeep Hemi powered auto's. They do sell plenty of their junky Fiats. This proves out in their recent Monthly report for Europe.

     

    FCA sold 354,000 auto's in Europe from Jan to April a 15.6% increase over last year. Sales went as follows:

     

    Fiat label - 268,700

    Lancia Label - 27,000

    Alfa Romeo - 20,800

    Maserati - 2,068

    Jeep - 35,300

     

    Since taxation is so high based on engine size, Jeep does not sell but a few Hemi's, so your assessment is totally wrong. 

     

    http://www.fcagroup....S_IN_EUROPE.pdf

     

     

     

    Wow. Look at all the Fiat labels sold in Q1/2016 

     

    Whats really amazing is their piss poor financials for that same time period.

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