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Published 21 March 2023
ECJ ruling of 21.03.2023: Fiat faces wave of damages in emissions scandal
The diesel scandal, which has also affected Fiat, has been occupying the automotive industry and consumers for a long time. Various manufacturers of diesel engines have installed so-called defeat devices in their engines. This made the vehicles appear much "cleaner" than they actually were.
Published 9 December 2022
Fiat on the verge of defeat in court in Koblenz
In the reference decision of 14.11.2022, the Fifth Senate refers to two defeat devices in Fiat Ducato engines (Ref.: 5 U 1334/22; no judgment yet; as of Dec.2022). Among other things, the so-called timer, which optimizes the exhaust gas purification for the test bench.
Published 2 December 2022
DUH sues Federal Motor Transport Authority in Fiat emissions scandal
The Emission Control Institute (EKI) of the German Environmental Aid (DUH) has carried out measurements on a total of nine Fiat Ducato-based motorhomes with alarming results. Vehicles from the manufacturers Weinsberg, Pilote, Knaus, Hobby, Dethleffs, Challenger and Carthago were tested.
Published 18 November 2022
DUH publishes internal BOSCH documents on Fiat in emissions scandal
The Fiat Ducato emissions scandal picks up speed again. The Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH) has again made an important contribution in the clarification of the Fiat diesel scandal.
In a press release dated 17.11.2022, DUH publishes internal Bosch documents which prove that some of the major car manufacturers commissioned defeat devices as early as 2006.
Published 27 September 2022
Rulings in the Fiat Ducato emissions scandal
Case law has been turning against Fiat and in favor of consumers in recent months in the Fiat Wohnmobil diesel scandal. Some regional courts already decide in favor of the camper owners. These decisions are increasingly joined by the higher regional courts and have already announced consumer-friendly decisions.
Published 15 September 2022
The OLG Munich expresses itself in the camper Fiat diesel scandal consumer-friendly
The events in the diesel exhaust scandal surrounding mobile homes based on the Italian car manufacturer FCA Italy S.p.A. (referred to as "Fiat") continue to come to a head. The beginning of the legal dispute between Fiat and the affected consumers is now some time ago.
Published 25 August 2022
Difference between the various disconnection devices
In the course of the diesel scandal, no word has been used as often as the word "defeat device". Even though it has become part of common usage at the latest since the VW diesel scandal, there are still some ambiguities.
What exactly is a defeat device?
How do the devices of the individual manufacturers differ?
Published 14 August 2022
DUH publishes measurement results again
Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), probably one of the loudest players in the fight against the diesel emissions scandal, once again publishes worrying measurements. Several years after the first revelations of emissions cheating in the diesel scandal, diesel vehicles on German and European roads are as dirty as ever.
Published 26 July 2022
Nitrogen oxide measurements on Fiat Ducato-based motorhomes
DUH regularly carries out independent measurements to verify the actual NOx levels of vehicles in circulation. These measurements show that the actual nitrogen oxide emissions are up to 16 times higher than the permitted limits.