Automaker Stellantis says FCA Italy is under investigation in Dieselgate investigation
PARIS, Jul 13 (Reuters) – Automaker Stelllantis said its wholly-owned subsidiary FCA Italy was investigated Tuesday by a Paris court on allegations of consumer fraud related to the sale of diesel vehicles between 2014 and 2017.
Stellantis (STLA.MI) said the company believes that its emissions control systems met and continued to meet all applicable requirements at the relevant times. The company looks forward to demonstrating this and will cooperate fully.
Several automakers in Europe have been put to the test since the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal that broke out in the United States for test fraud in 2015, at a time when regulators were tightening emissions standards.
Stellantis, founded in January 2021, announced that FCA Italy SpA was under investigation in connection with the sale of Euro 6 diesel vehicles in France between September 1, 2014 and March 15, 2017.
FCA Italy was also named as a key witness in connection with allegations of obstruction of the activity of an antitrust inspector for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2016 and 2017.
Stellantis said in June that its French Citroen unit had been charged with consumer fraud by French prosecutors in a diesel emissions investigation.
Peugeot, another unit of Stellantis, Renault (RENA.PA) and Volkswagen France (VOWG_p.DE), the French unit of the German automaker, were also charged with the Dieselgate investigation in France. Continue reading
Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Edmund Blair
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