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Germany urges EU to grill Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

AP  |  Berlin 

wants the European Union's executive branch to question over software that regulates emissions in Fiat Chrysler diesel cars.

The carmaker is regulated by in the and has come under pressure from allegations by and the US that some of its vehicles contain software that can allows their engines to emit more pollution than legally permitted.

German Transport Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich noted that Fiat Chrysler had refused to meet German authorities, and had canceled a "mediation" meeting with the European Commission scheduled for the end of the month.

"We urge the Commission to insist on a new appointment in the near future," Friedrich said today.

The comments come a day after the US accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose software in some 104,000 vehicles of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.

The use of such software has come under extra scrutiny since German automaker Volkswagen admitted to using them to cheat on diesel emissions tests in the US Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has denied wrongdoing in response to the US probe.

In the EU, each nation's regulators have the responsibility of enforcing the rules on companies, but they may be more or less stringent.

Carmakers can choose the country where they want their cars tested for emissions controls. Because the emissions criteria are set for the bloc as a whole, approval in one country means that type of vehicle can be registered in any of the other 27 member states as well.

Italian consumer group Altroconsumo called on Italy's Transport Ministry to distribute data on diesel emissions in Italy, saying it had pledged to do so in September 2015 but had not yet followed through. Altroconsumo is heading up a class-action suit against Volkswagen in Italy, with more than 23,000 VW buyers joining the case so far.

Another consumer group, Codacons, said today it was making a formal request to prosecutors to investigate whether any of the engines being investigated in the US are sold in Italy.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 00:48 IST