FIAT CHRYSLER HALTING DIESEL VEHICLE SALES BY 2022: REPORT
Automaker reportedly joins Porsche, Toyota in abandoning fuel following industry-wide scandals
Fiat Chrysler plans to phase out production of its diesel-powered passenger vehicles by 2022, according to an inside source's leak to theFinancial Times, in the wake of shrinking demand, growing costs, and never-ending scandals linked to the fuel and its emissions testing.
The four-year plan to drop diesel cars and trucks from the company's lineup will apparently be revealed at the beginning of June, though officially FCA declined to comment.
The Italian-American automaker is one of several reportedly planning to nix diesel-powered vehicle sales: Porsche last week said it was also removing diesel vehicles from its range, and Toyota last year told the FT it probably would "not launch another model with a diesel engine."
Other automakers are conversely expanding their diesel offerings, like Hyundai, which will be bringing a new diesel Santa Fe to Canada for the 2019 model year.
Once promoted by many government as a cleaner-burning fuel, diesel sales have been dropping globally in the wake of the Volkswagen"dieselgate" scandal of 2015, when it was discovered the German automaker had tweaked the software in its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests while emitting higher-than-legal levels of pollutants in real-world driving. Several automakers have been accused of similar cheating in the years since, including Fiat Chrysler.
The insider information leaked to the FT suggested that while Fiat Chrysler would stop the sale of diesel passenger vehicles in the next four years, it would continue building diesel commercial vehicles, and that it may still offer diesel engines in its Canadian-market pickup trucks, like the Ram 1500.