FCA And DOJ Remain “Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars” Apart On Diesel Settlement

We haven’t heard much about the U.S. government’s lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles lately, but it’s apparently entering the homestretch with a few hiccups.

Reuters reports a federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice and FCA to hold new settlement talks with a court-appointed specialist to hammer out the final details of the settlement which involves the automaker’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine.

Sources have told the publication that FCA has agreed to nearly all of the government’s demands, but the two sides remain far apart on the penalties and fines. In the past, the government has made it clear that it wants to hit FCA with “very substantial civil penalties” that “adequately reflect the seriousness of the conduct that led to these violations.”

There’s no word on how much the government is seeking, but FCA obviously wants the smallest fine possible. That’s the key sticking point at the moment as the two sides are reportedly “hundreds of millions of dollars” apart from reaching an agreement. This suggests the company is looking at a massive fine and FCA has previously warned investors that it could be looking at billions in penalties.

A new round of talks will reportedly kick off on December 3rd and the judge has ordered both sides to “fully cooperate and communicate” with the settlement specialist.

It remains unclear when an agreement could be reached, but the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency sued FCA because they allege the company’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine had “software functions” that were not disclosed during the certification process. The government went on to say these functions act as a defeat device so diesel-powered models can pass federal emissions tests while performing less efficiency during normal driving.

At the time, FCA said it would “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.”

  • Mr. EP9

    Oh my. With all the other issues on FCA’s plate, these fines are going to eat into what profits they do make.

  • TheAmerican

    Y’all know what this means. The Challenger will be on the same platform for probably another decade.

    • Honda NSX-R

      And people will continue buying them regardless

  • Dude

    Hopefully they end up paying more rather than less. It’d be even better if the execs in charge had to eat those fines. It’s so annoying when a company blatantly cheats or does something wrong then tries to minimize the punishment

  • brn

    If the fines are billions of dollars, then remaining “Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars” apart isn’t that much.

    They are quite close actually. Nothing to see here.

  • BGM

    With any luck they get hit with massive, massive fines and have to take the Pacifica out. Then we won’t have to be blinded by its high beam DRLs anymore. Bye Felicia!

  • jas tas

    Why did they leave out the inline 4 ecodiesel engine from the conversation found in the Ram Promaster !!!! You cant even buy the ecodiesel in this truck anymore unlike the v6. These promasters couldn’t meet euro 6 specs I dont know how they made it into the country ???

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