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U.S. regulator probing automakers

Friday, October 02, 2015 - 01:28

The Environmental Protection Agency expands its probe beyond Volkswagen to diesel cars put out by other manufacturers, according to the Financial Times. Fred Katayama reports.

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U.S. regulators are expanding their probe beyond Volkswagen. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly looking at other car makers to see if they also cheated on their emissions tests. The Financial Times reports the agency is examining more than two dozen diesel car models from BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. Kelly Blue Book senior analyst Alec Gutierrez. (SOUNDBITE) ALEC GUTIERREZ, SENIOR ANALYST, KELLEY BLUE BOOK (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I really look at this more as a precautionary measure than anything else. If you look at the original research that the lab in West Virginia conducted, they found issues with VW, obviously, which spurred this whole ordeal. But they also did an on-road test with BMW. I want to say, it was X3 diesel, and they didn't find any evidence of discrepancy. So, ultimately, I think, they're just trying to be safe and see if this issue is more pervasive than we believe it is." The FT says the EPA will test one used car of each model, then widen its probe if it spots anything fishy. The agency is mainly testing rental cars or cars borrowed from their owners. Last month, Volkswagen admitted some of its diesel cars used software that turns off emissions controls when driving normally but turns them on during emissions tests. It could be assessed civil penalties of as much as $18 billion. Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, GM and JLR told the FT they did not install defeat devices in their cars. There has been no evidence so far that other carmakers have gamed the system.

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U.S. regulator probing automakers

Friday, October 02, 2015 - 01:28