German newspaper Bild am Sonntag wrote that Germany could move to ban sales of Jeeps and other Fiat Chrysler autos, according to  Automotive News.

FCA and the German government are at odds over diesel engine emissions; FCA maintains that its engines meet all requirements, and Germany is, according to some critics, fiercely protecting Volkswagen by attacking other companies.


Germany is responsible for over a fifth of the European Union’s light vehicle sales, including 14,819 new Jeeps last year (18% of all new EU Jeep registrations).

A report from Reuters noted that FCA chose to cancel a meeting with German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt last Thursday. Dobrindt responded by complaining to Reuters about “uncooperative behavior” which was “completely incomprehensible.”

Italian Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said the German transport ministry should have worked with Italian authorities instead of going directly to FCA. Normally, each country certifies their own automakers.

The struggle comes after Volkswagen (including Audi, Porsche, and other brands) was found to have deliberately cheated on emissions rules, installing computer code that detected testing regimens, so it could cut emissions only while being tested. Other companies have taken advantage of loopholes in the law, but none appear to have been as deliberate. The “emissions defeat device” appears to have been created by Audi over a decade ago; affected diesels were banned by the US, and a “fix” for Europe has been criticized though it was approved by the German government.

FCA stock has fallen by 33¢ (around 5%) this morning on the New York Stock Exchange.