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Fiat Chrysler continues to fight EPA ban

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of FCA

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said his company is still trying to win approval to sell its 2017 diesel models in the U.S.

The EPA accused Fiat Chrysler of using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions from 104,000 vehicles, including 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0-litre diesel engines, in the U.S. and refused to grant approval for the sale of 2017 models.

Marchionne told reporters at the Geneva Auto Show that “we have been dealing with the EPA and CARB. We have engaged legal counsel. The only thing I can tell you is that we continue to work with the agencies to try and resolve this.”

The U.S Justice Department said last week that the EPA is continuing to “evaluate certification of the new model year 2017 vehicles,” according to a court filing.

The car maker faces at least nine civil lawsuits related to the emissions scandal. A judicial panel will decide whether the cases should be consolidated before a single judge on March 30, according to Reuters.

If Fiat Chrysler wins certification for the 2017 models, Marchionne said he “can take that solution and apply it back to the 2014 to 2016 cars.”

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