The Trump administration on Thursday revealed its plan to roll back Obama-era standards meant to cut emissions from tailpipes and boost fuel efficiency in cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in the coming years.
Volkswagen warned that a shortage of engineers is hampering efforts to get its cars to meet new anti-pollution rules, clouding its sales outlook and overshadowing a forecast-beating 23 percent rise in underlying operating profit.
On Monday, Fiat Chrysler and Cummins Inc. were hit with an amended class-action lawsuit stating the companies colluded to develop and conceal no less than two emissions-cheating defeat devices used in pickups.
FCA is in advanced settlement talks with the U.S. Department and California Resources Board, regarding accusations that the company illegally used software that led to excess emissions in thousands of vehicles.
The Justice Department sued Fiat Chrysler in May, alleging it used misleading, illegal software that led to excess emissions in nearly 104,000 diesel models sold in the U.S. since 2014. Vehicle owners have also sued Fiat Chrysler over the emissions issue.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing securities fraud class action suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over emissions violations faced a setback on Tuesday. A U.S. judge found the latest theory offered in the suit seeking class status was sunk by "general claims," "vague statements" and "unremarkable fact[s]" that didn't hold up under a conscious recklessness standard.
A software update, which Daimler said would take about an hour, will cause the emissions controls to operate under a broader set of conditions. Previously, the pollution equipment was programmed to operate at maximum effectiveness only under a narrow range of temperatures. That range will be expanded.
Fiat Chrysler resumed making diesel Ram pickups that were ordered off the market by U.S. regulators, preparing for a verdict from the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of being able to sell them.