Stellantis, the umbrella company of giant brands such as Fiat, Opel, Peugeot, and Citroen, admitted that it deliberately used ‘misleading software’ in diesel emission tests in the USA. The company agreed to a $300 million fine after an agreement with the US Department of Justice.
Although diesel-fueled cars provide considerable fuel savings compared to gasoline-powered cars, the cost of this financial savings turns into harm to the environment. For this reason, both automakers are abandoning or preparing to abandon diesel-fueled cars, and drivers are increasingly turning to gasoline or electric cars.
Although we are talking about saying goodbye to diesel cars today, diesel cars were among the primary plans of automakers until recently. While countries are introducing more stringent carbon emission regulations in order to distance manufacturers from diesel cars, manufacturers have been trying to meet these rules with the least cost. Sometimes even resorting to tricks…
Emissions fraud detected in more than 100,000 cars
German automotive giant Volkswagen has been shaken up by emission scandals in the past years, senior VW executives had to resign, and the company had to renew its policies from top to bottom and turn to electric cars. Not to mention the billion-dollar fines he paid. The subject of this news is the emission scandal involving Stellantis, the umbrella company of many famous automobile brands such as Peugeot-Fiat-Citroen-Opel-Ferrari-Maserati.
According to documents submitted by the US Department of Justice, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), one of the components of Stellantis, used software that showed misleading data in tests to circumvent diesel emissions rules in the US, and carried out a similar type of diesel emission fraud with Volkswagen. The ‘fraud’ of more than 100,000 RAM and Jeep vehicles resulted in Stellantis agreeing to pay a $300 million fine.
In tests, vehicles were shown to produce less emissions than they actually are
According to the shared information, the FCA miscalibrated the emission control systems to ‘fool’ US emissions testing procedures, so the vehicles seem to produce less emissions than under normal driving conditions. The vehicles subject to the fraud in question were put on the market between 2014 and 2016, during which FCA had not yet merged with PSA to establish a roof company called Stellantis.