By Agnieszka Flak VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) does not expect its diesel problems in the United States to have an impact on its short-term business targets to 2018, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Friday. The U.S. Justice Department sued FCA last month, accusing the Italian-American automaker of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014, in a move that could potentially lead to heavy fines. The company has proposed a software update as part of certifying 2017 diesel models to allow them to go on sale and then use that fix to update the 104,000 vehicles on the road. Asked whether it could take months to get U.S. authority approval for the software fix, as suggested by a U.S. Justice Department lawyer this week, Marchionne said “we are much closer than this”. “When we made the proposal, we were ready to implement the fix immediately … now it depends on them,” Marchionne told journalists on the sidelines of a meeting in Venice of the U.S.-Italy council. “We are talking to them … we think we have a viable solution.” He said the company had not made any provisions for… Read full this story
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