Auto News for May 24 – Feds Sue FCA


 Fiat Chrysler has been sued by the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA for allegedly installing devices on vehicles with the 3.0 liter diesel engine that allowed them to pass emissions tests, and then emit more pollution on the road.

 Involved are nearly 104,000 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles from models years 2014-16 equipped with devices that were not disclosed to regulators, the government said.

 “The complaint alleges that each of these vehicles differs materially from the specifications provided to EPA in the certification applications, and thus the cars are uncertified, in violation of the Clean Air Act,” the EPA said.

 The complaint seeks injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties.

 Fiat Chrysler said it has been working with the EPA and the California Air Resources board for many months and is “disappointed” that the lawsuit has been filed.

 “The Company intends to defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the Company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests,” FCA said.

 It has developed updated software calibrations that it believes will “address the concerns” of regulators and will make those changes in the affected vehicles if the government approves.

 “FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles,” the company said.

 China’s Geely automotive will acquire a 49.9 percent stake in Proton, the Malaysian automaker and owner of Lotus. Geely is the current owner of Volvo. The deal will give Geely access to the Southeast Asian market where Volvo is trying to increase its market share, according to Automotive News.

 The Mazda3 tops Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 coolest cars for under $18,000. KBB said it is “widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun to drive vehicle in the segment and we call it one of the coolest cars of all time.”

 The Honda Civic was second in the annual survey with the Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul and Hyundai Veloster rounding out the top five. In sixth place was the VW Jetta, followed by the Toyota Corolla, Subaru Impreza, Honda Fit and the Chevrolet Sonic.

 Thinking about going car shopping over the upcoming holiday weekend? The time is ripe according to Edmunds.

 Shoppers will find one of the strongest buyer’s markets in recent memory thanks to a growing glut of off-lease vehicles. That means shoppers who are looking for a car between 3 and 4 years old will have a huge selection to choose from, and this surplus also means dealers will likely be ready to negotiate to help close the deal, KBB said.  



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