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FCA faces legal action for emissions misrepresentation

Gavel and scales of justice

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the latest manufacturer to face an emissions-based legal battle in the UK, as law firm PGMBM claims the manufacturer misled customers through the use of emissions 'defeat' devices.

PGMBM, which has also launched legal action against Mercedes-Benz and the Renault Nissan Alliance, says up to half a million of vehicles with FCA Group engines, manufactured since 2008, could be affected in England and Wales, .

Owners could be due £10,000 in compensation, if the claim is successful.

PGMBM managing partner Tom Goodhead said: “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have misled drivers about the true diesel emissions that many of their vehicles produce. This is yet another instance of a huge automotive firm conning consumers – with a significant impact on the environment and our collective wellbeing.

“FCA must be held to account for these practices, and this case will give consumers the opportunity to pursue some justice and be compensated for being misled by a company that they may have trusted.

“Legally, consumers could be entitled to anything up to the full cost of the affected vehicles. But based on similar legal actions around the world, we believe that £10,000 per claimant should be expected.”

The car maker’s offices, including those of truck maker CNH, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy were raided in July, following claims that some of the company’s engines produced illegal levels of emissions.

According the PGMBM, potentially illegal software was used in the engine management systems used in Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Fiat and Suzuki cars, plus Iveco and Fiat commercial vehicles.

Affected engines, highlighted in the investigation, include Euro 5 and 6 variants of the 1.3-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine.

A full list of potentially affected models can be viewed below.

In 2019, FCA agreed to a settlement worth $800 million to resolve claims from the US Justice Department and the state of California relating to the use of illegal software that produced false results on diesel-emissions tests.

The new claim alleges that FCA committed fraud by manufacturing vehicles whose true diesel emissions far exceeded the limits imposed by EU and UK laws.

An FCA spokesperson said: "FCA believes this claim to be totally without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against it."

Potentially affected vehicles with FCA's diesel engine:

Make / Model

1.3 litre

1.6 litre

2.0 litre

3.0 litre

3.0 litre (V6)

Fiat

500

500C

500L

500X

Doblo

Fiorino

Panda

Punto

Punto Evo

Grande Punto

Qubo

Tipo

500L

500X

Bravo

Doblo

Grande

Punto

Punto Evo

Scudo

Talento

Tipo

500X

Bravo

Doblo

Ducato

Scudo

Talento

Ducato

-

Alfa Romeo

MiTo

Guilietta

MiTo

159

Brera

Guilietta

Spider

-

-

Jeep

-

Compass

Renegade

Cherokee

Compass

Renegade

-

Grand-Cherokee

Commander

Suzuki

-

SX4

Vitara

S-Cross

-

-

-

Iveco

All models

 


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