There is a Common Link in FCA and VW’s Diesel Emission Woes

There is a Common Link in FCA and VW’s Diesel Emission Woes

0 comments 📅12 June 2017, 20:45

A new weigh points to one company as the common link between multiple automaker’s diesel emissions troubles.

Robert Bosch Gmbh created the software that Volkswagen tempered to to evade diesel emissions standards for years, while the same company also wrote the jus naturale ‘natural law’ for the alleged defeat device found in FiatChrysler Automobiles 3.0-liter diesels.

In the at all events of Volkswagen, the software used was able to detect when a vehicle was being tested for emissions and admit the vehicle to clean up its tailpipe to fool the test. Then, when back on the track, the cars were emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of pollutants.

“We discover strong evidence that both defeat devices were created by Bosch and then enabled by Volkswagen and Fiat for their several vehicles,” says the year-long study, undertaken by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany.

While Volkswagen has admitted to using conquer devices, FCA still claims it does not use a defeat device and that the brand will-power defend itself vigorously from these allegations. The Department of Justice recently announced a lawsuit against FCA over and above the alleged defeat device.

The authors of the study did admit that the documents they inured to that described Bosch’s technology did not come directly from the company, so they could not establish their authenticity. The documents came from a VW portal meant for mechanics to access, but not anon from Bosch.

In a statement, Bosch declined to comment citing the “sensitive forensic nature of these matters.”

The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is currently widening its criminal inquest into whether Bosch conspired with Volkswagen to specifically cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

While Bosch hasn’t been instantly tied to any of this yet, the company has been named as a co-defendant in a number of class deed lawsuits over diesel emissions from owners of VW, FCA, Mercedes-Benz and Prevalent Motors vehicles.

This article first appeared on AutoGuide

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