Fiat Chrysler shares drop on US diesel emissions probe

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European Union officials and Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reports, had not been able to achieve an agreement over the issue, with one European Union source indicating that transport authorities in Italy have not provided information that justifies the use of alleged auxiliary emissions devices in these Fiat Chrysler models.

The back and forth between regulators in Berlin, EU officials in Brussels and parent company Fiat Chrysler in Italy had not borne much fruit over the past year since allegations first surfaced following frenzied retesting of many diesel models in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal.

Italy has 2 months to reply to the Commission's demand and might be ultimately taken to the European Court of Justice if the response is found to be unconvincing.

In February, Reuters reports, FCA revealed that it had received subpoenas from federal and state authorities related to information about the diesel emission issue.

The European Commission had been mediating the dispute Germany and Italy, which ended in March.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board in January accused FCA of illegally using undisclosed software to allow excess diesel emissions in 104,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.

In February, FCA said it had received requests for information and subpoenas from USA federal and state authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, for diesel issues. If it fails to do so, it could face legal action from the EU.

Under EU law, member states are responsible for checking that a auto type meets all EU standards before individual cars can be sold on the Single Market. The Commission may eventually decide to take the country to court if it is not satisfied with the answer.

Last December, the Commission launched cases against Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, for failing the accurately test and enforce emissions rules.

Delrio, however, said the material Italy had sent to the Commission during the mediation process showed that the vehicles' approval process was correctly performed.

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