EU to investigate Italy over handling of Fiat emissions

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The European Commission plans to launch infringement proceedings against the Italian government over its handling of an emission-cheating investigation into Fiat Chrysler, German daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

The Commission accuses Italy of ignoring the installation of so-called cheat devices to manipulate emission levels in diesel cars at Fiat. No comment from Fiat or the Italian government was available, the newspaper reported.

Italy’s transport minister said in February that new tests carried out on FCA found no illegal engine software.

“Germany’s Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has frequently accused Fiat Chrysler of test cheating at its diesel engines unit, but the accusations were always rebuffed by the carmaker and the Italian government,” the article said.