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More than 700,000 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cars in Europe and America are potentially fitted with emissions-cheating software, with 600,000 of these in Europe alone, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The US's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has publically accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of using cheat software akin to that used by Volkswagen in the Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to Reuters.

FCA cars accused of cheating include the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, which are fitted with the manufacturer's 3.0-litre diesel engine – over 104,000 of which have been sold in the US – with cars sold since 2014 alleged to be fitted with software which ‘allowed excess diesel emissions’.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), the number of cars fitted with the implicated 3.0-litre diesel engine in the UK is 4235, although it's not yet clear if all applications of this engine have the software. Nevertheless, the BBC reports that the Department for Transport (DfT) has asked the EPA for further details on the issue.
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