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FCA Officially Files For Diesel Vehicle Certification in the U.S.

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The application has been enacted in the midst of both the U.S. Justice Department and the European Union threatening to take legal action in response to FCA's alleged emissions scandal

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FCA is searching for a way to move past its alleged emissions scandal

Investors in the automotive sector have recently become increasingly weary of backing FCA, as the automaker’s stock fell Thursday following announcements that the U.S. Justice Department was preparing to file a lawsuit against FCA and that the European Union was launching legal action against Italy over alleged emissions tampering on the part of the automaker. Nevertheless, these recent controversies have not seemed to deter FCA from its path in pursuing diesel technologies for its vehicles.

In fact, FCA just filed for diesel vehicle certification in the United States.

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Earlier today, FCA US announced that it formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board. The certification would cover various 2017 models, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500.

FCA reports that the vehicles have been updated with emissions software calibrations. The calibrations are designed to “clarify” issues related to FCA’s emissions control technologies.

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FCA is hoping that it can reintroduce its diesel vehicles back out onto the road.

With permission from the EPA and California Air Resources Board, FCA is hoping to install the updated software to models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 built between 2014 and 2016. FCA anticipates that owners of these older vehicles will be able to receive the updates from local dealerships.

The updated emissions software is the result of what FCA calls “many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles.” FCA also hopes that these actions will help lead to a quick and cost-free resolution to any legal actions taken by the Department of Justice and other government entities.

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FCA’s diesel certification application and negotiations come in the midst of accusations of the automaker tampering with emissions technologies during the testing of its vehicles. The scandal involves 104,000 of FCA’s vehicles, including diesel versions of its Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models.

Though FCA is currently holding out for this action to rescue it from legal woes, the reality might be far more complicated for the automotive brand.