Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to end sales of diesel-powered passenger cars by 2022. That's according to a new report by the Financial Times published on Sunday.
The news comes in the wake of Dieselgate, the emissions-cheating crisis first touched off by Volkswagen in September, 2015. The diesel-engine calamity has since embroiled other manufacturers, including FCA, with lingering accusations of defeat devices and other misdeeds affecting a number of global automakers. The scandal has resulted in lower sales of models with diesel engines in Europe, as well asfrom a number of countries' governments to end their availability.
According to the report, FCA's planned diesel phase-out will be revealed on June 1 as part of a four-year plan.
While diesel passenger car models presently make up around 40 percent of FCA's sales in Europe, here in North America, FCA doesn't actually sell any such models. Vehicles like theare only offered overseas with diesel engines. In our market, they are exclusively powered by gasoline.
However, FCA has announced plans to offer EcoDiesel engines in some of its forthcoming light-truck models in the US and Canada, including its latest-generationand . Neither of these truck lines are expected to be affected by this decision.
FCA representatives did not immediately return Roadshow's request for comment.