Diesel Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 sales legal again!

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This great news bodes well for the viability of the diesel Wrangler prototype recently spied, which is scheduled to be available late 2019MY.

Via Bloomberg:

Fiat Chrysler Can Resume Sales of Diesel Jeeps, Rams in U.S.
July 28, 2017, 7:04 AM PDT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV can once again sell new diesel-powered pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in the U.S. after environmental regulators approved modifications to its emissions-control software.

Approvals from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board will allow the company to sell 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel models. The agencies had withheld certification that emissions-control software on the vehicles complied with clean-air standards after finding violations in earlier models.

“We appreciate the efforts of the agencies in working with us to achieve this milestone," Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. "We are anxious to build on this progress to make appropriate updates to the emissions control software in our earlier model-year vehicles.”

While Fiat Chrysler doesn’t break out what portion of its Jeep or Ram model sales are diesels, the powertrains are significant to the company’s marketing plans. The diesel Ram 1500 is rated the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup in the U.S., and losing it from the lineup would have been a setback to showrooms.

Fiat Chrysler’s U.S.-listed shares reversed declines, climbing as much as 1.9 percent. The stock jumped 1.7 percent to $12.03 as of 10:34 a.m. in New York.

The approval is a partial win for Fiat Chrysler after several months of talks over the emissions software with EPA and California regulators to obtain approvals needed to resume sales. The EPA issued formal notices in January that the 2014 through 2016 models contained software functions that violated clean air rules.

Related: GM Suit Digs Deeper Grave for Diesel as Dirty Accusations Mount

The company still is facing civil suits by the Justice Department and from vehicle owners tied to so-called defeat devices in about 104,000 older diesels it has sold.

"The 2017 certification for the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles is separate and distinct from the current U.S. litigation in the Northern District of California for the installation of defeat devices in the 2014-2016 models of these vehicles," the EPA said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler agreed to modify the software on the 2017 models and said no hardware changes will be required. The Italian-American automaker said the updates will have no effect on fuel economy ratings or performance of the vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler resumed production earlier this month of its diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups.

The vehicles were caught up in agency scrutiny of new diesel models that was intensified in the wake of Volkswagen AG’s diesel-cheating scandal.





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Great news!
 

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Great news but I figured it would happen. If VW can sell diesels again I had no doubts that FCA would be able to.
 

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Sweet, good news indeed!
 

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I am really hoping the JL Diesel comes sooner than 2019.
 

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Kindly explain what "defeat devices" were used in the prior RAMs and Cherokees as mentioned below....

"The 2017 certification for the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles is separate and distinct from the current U.S. litigation in the Northern District of California for the installation of defeat devices in the 2014-2016 models of these vehicles," the EPA said in a statement.

Via Bloomberg:
When did this go from software programming to a deafeat device? Did the EPA alter their claim?

FCA still claims the older vehicles can be also fixed by the same software update, unlike either the GM or VW vehicles which could not simply get a firmware fix.
 

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@Administrator or @Milous

Any news of this making the pushing up the time frame of the diesels sooner than the end of 2019? maybe now a start of 2019?
 

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