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FCA cleared, VW-Audi smeared

by David Zatz on

Reuters has reported that the German government has found no evidence of test manipulation by automakers other than Volkswagen-Audi Group.

This likely means that Volkswagen-Audi (VAG) was alone in deliberately programming its automotive computers to foil emissions testing, a practice which now appears to have been worldwide in scope.

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The company is being investigated by nations from South Korea to the United States. In France, which gave R&D money to VAG for its “clean diesel” efforts, the government has talked about demanding the return on the money and could penalize German engineers and managers with prison sentences of up to five years, though this isi unlikely. There are also possible fines of over $600,000.

In addition to banning registrations of new Volkswagen diesels, various countries are considering charges of fraud because Volkswagen and Audi not only broke emissions laws, but also advertised their engines as being “clean” when in reality they did not match the worst of their competitors in harmful emissions.


FCA relies heavily on diesel technology, both with Fiat Powertrain and VM. Fiat’s MultiJet diesel engines are popular in Europe and other parts of the world, and are extensively used by Suzuki in India. Within North America, VM engines are used in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, with rumored plans for installation in Wranglers; while Fiat engines are used in the Ram ProMaster vans.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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