Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now?

Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company’s 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the U.S. after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that it filed an application to sell 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2017 Ram 1500 models fitted with its EcoDiesel-branded engine. The SUVs and trucks were in limbo after a January announcement by the EPA that it had discovered up to eight undisclosed Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices on those trucks that altered performance on emissions tests.

The company fired back at the hint that its cars cheated emissions tests by saying that the devices prolonged the engines’ lives.

“They cannot be classified as defeat devices because we’re trying to defeat nothing,” FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said in January. “These were mechanisms that were put in place to protect the

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