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FCA, others may miss EU target

by David Zatz on

FCA is among a long list of automakers who may be fined for not meeting the European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions target in 2021, according to PA Consulting, as quoted by Automotive News Europe. The group estimated the fine for FCA €950 million; only Volkswagen had a higher estimated fine (€1.4 billion).

The report claimed that FCA had “a lack of alternate powertrain options and strategy,” suggesting that the writers are ignoring FCA’s work in hybrids — which, admittedly, has been limited to the Pacifica (not sold in Europe) so far. FCA has also refined its stop-start systems, and has two new lines of engines on the way

Fiat has likely been challenged by dropping popularity of diesel engines, in general, within Europe.

The report may not be valid if FCA can get their hybrid systems and new engines into a wide variety of Fiat cars — and get customers to buy them, at lower cost than paying the fine. Adding electric cars would likely help, but so far Fiat has been unable to sell them without heavily subsidized pricing.

Other companies facing fines are Volkswagen (including Audi), PSA/Opel (Peugeot), BMW, Ford, Hyundai-Kia, and Daimler (Mercedes). Volvo, Toyota, and Renault-Nissan are on target. PSA was on target until it discontinued its hybrid diesels and acquired Opel.

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