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Fiat Offers New Settings for Diesel Motors to Make Them Cleaner

  • Carmaker says vehicles have no defeat device to cheat tests
  • Fiat says all its cars comply with emission regulations

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen AG scandal.

Fiat reiterated that all its vehicles comply with emission regulations and the company doesn’t cheat on emissions tests, saying it will offer the new pollution settings starting in April as a “voluntary measure not mandated or requested by any regulatory authorities.” The carmaker said it will also add a different filtering technology, called selective catalytic reduction, to more of its diesel cars starting from the second quarter of 2017. 

The Italian-American company said it wants to adapt to new testing procedures being developed in Europe to better reflect real driving conditions. The European Parliament is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a compromise plan for the new rules, after increased scrutiny of automakers since Volkswagen admitted last September to cheating for years to make millions of its diesel cars appear cleaner than they were.

The EU vote is on whether to let real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides exceed permissible discharges by as much as 110 percent between September 2017 and January 2020 and by up to 50 percent thereafter. The assembly’s environment committee recommends the proposal be rejected as too lax, though the plan has backing from EU governments, the bloc’s industrial-policy chief and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

Fiat said it also supports the EU efforts, saying it welcomes the introduction of new regulations to provide “clarity for customers and the industry.”