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Fiat News: FCA Could Be Waiting Awhile For EcoDiesel Fix To Be Approved


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Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it had submitted certification paperwork for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 2017 models come with new software that should hopefully get the approval of the EPA and be installed on older models. But at a court hearing yesterday, the brakes were put on FCA's hopes of a quick approval.

Leigh Rende, a Justice Department lawyer, said at a hearing in San Francisco federal court hearing "there is uncertainty" about whether the fix will be approved by the EPA.

"It could be weeks or months away. This is really a technical decision," said Rende.

FCA's lawyer Robert Giuffra told the court the company is optimistic that regulators will approve the proposed fix for the 2017 models, which in turn would be installed on 2014 to 2016 EcoDiesel models.

As we reported last month, the Justice Department sued FCA for using “defeat device” on 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel models built between 2014 to 2016.

Source: Reuters


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15 hours ago, daves87rs said:

They will have to do whatever it takes....

Also wonder if they will fine them as hard as VW. If so, I smell a fire sale.....

...no fire sale at all, as they will not be able to sell anything until it is repaired.

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34 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

...no fire sale at all, as they will not be able to sell anything until it is repaired.

Me thinking :scratchchin: he is talking about FCA selling off various brands. I could see if fined like VW, them selling Jeep and RAM for cash to survive and then dumping the rest of the american auto labels as they pull back to just Europe again leaving Fiat and Alfa in america Dead Men Walking AGAIN!

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13 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Me thinking :scratchchin: he is talking about FCA selling off various brands. I could see if fined like VW, them selling Jeep and RAM for cash to survive and then dumping the rest of the american auto labels as they pull back to just Europe again leaving Fiat and Alfa in america Dead Men Walking AGAIN!

Ahhh....Chrysler...so much wasted potential in what could ahve would ahve and should have been!

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5 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Sorry, I meant everything else they sell.....

Not sure how much it will affect other sales. Industry is soft right now...this will not help...

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8 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Soft is an understatement my friend...I just hope it's not going to be as bad as I think it will be....:(

There is wayyyyy too much production capacity right now.

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