This week, investigators commissioned the Frankfurt (D) prosecutor to search ten locations of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Case New Holland Industrial (CNHi). The accusation: illegal diesel technology to reduce pollutant emissions should be installed in the diesel engines of the companies from the production years 2014 to 2019. According to a list of the public prosecutor’s office, diesel engines from 1.3 liters to 3.0 liters are affected.
During the period in question, these engines were installed in the Fiat 500 models (meanwhile deleted), 500L and 500X, in Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, in Jeep Renegade and Compass and also in the Ducato commercial vehicle. This could also affect many of the currently popular motorhomes – the Ducato is used by several manufacturers as the basis for camping bodies.
Barely got away in the US
So the so-called diesel scandal catches up with the FCA group. As early as 2016, the Association of German Environmental Aid measured a 22-fold exceeding of nitrogen oxide values in the Fiat SUV 500X on a test bench at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Last year, FCA in the United States was only able to avert lawsuits for illegal engine software against payment of around $ 800 million. Specifically, the current investigation is directed against nine managers from Italy. FCA and CNHi say they are cooperating with the investigators.
CNHi also has engines developed for trucks, buses and tractors in Switzerland: at FPT Motorenforschung in Arbon, Thurgau. Today’s daughter of CNHi was founded as Saurer AG, whose trucks and postbuses dominated the Swiss streets from 1903. In 1982, engine development was outsourced to Saurer and in 1990 went to the Fiat commercial vehicle subsidiary Iveco. It has been part of the CNHi group since 2013, which resulted from the merger of the construction machinery manufacturer Case, the tractor manufacturer New Holland and Fiat Industries.
The allegations for FCA are out of time: Because the merger negotiations with the French PSA group are nearing completion.