Thanks to a certain someone (Volkswagen), it's rather difficult to get new diesel models certified for sale in the United States. Fiat Chrysler kept at it, though, and now it has the green light to put some oil burners on sale.
The EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Friday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is allowed to sell its 2017-model-year diesel vehicles in the US. The 3.0-liter diesel engines are limited to theSUV and the pickup.
In order to get cleared for sale, Fiat Chrysler will reportedly update its emissions software, which was a point of concern for regulators prior to approval.
of using "undisclosed emissions controls" in its US-market diesel vehicles, which would allow the vehicles to pollute above legal limits when in owners' hands, and the US Justice Department took them to court over it.
FCA said the regulators' claims were bunk, but it has apparently conceded to pressure regarding updated emissions control software, which is reported to leave both performance and fuel economy unaffected.
"The approvals announced today represent a significant step toward resolving the issues raised by EPA and ARB," said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, in a statement. "We appreciate the efforts of the agencies in working with us to achieve this milestone. We are anxious to build on this progress to make appropriate updates to the emissions control software in our earlier model-year vehicles."
According to Reuters, it could take "weeks or months" to get the 2017 software update in older diesel Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500s.