Berlin - German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against motor industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat’s 500X compact SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions.
DUH has already accused Opel, Renault and Mercedes-Benz of violating emissions levels. At a press conference in Berlin, DUH turned to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
“The extreme overruns of NOx emissions that have meanwhile been detected with an Opel Zafira, a Renault Espace, a Mercedes C-Class and now a Fiat SUV are technically not plausible and point towards defeat devices,” campaigner Axel Friedrich said. FCA declined comment.
The carmakers deny they are acting illegally but acknowledge that some models produce higher levels of pollution when tested in conditions more akin to real-world driving than the norms set out in a specific test regime prescribed by regulators.
European lawmakers this month backed more stringent testing methods, which cut overall emissions but under some circumstances still allow a 50 percent overshoot of the legal ceiling for nitrogen oxide of 80 milligrams/kilometre...