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Stellantis to Pay $300 Million to End an Emissions Case

The U.S. division of the carmaker Stellantis has agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Detroit to a conspiracy charge and to pay a $300 million penalty to resolve an investigation of the company’s attempts to evade diesel emission standards, the Justice Department said Friday.

The company, which was formed when Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot merged, also agreed to cooperate with federal authorities as part of its plea agreement, a statement released by prosecutors said.

The investigation centered on a claim that Fiat Chrysler tried to evade emission standards for some of its pickup trucks and Jeeps. Prosecutors said the U.S. division, also known as FCA US, had misled customers and regulators for years.

“We expect all corporations to deal with regulators and the public openly and honestly,” Dawn N. Ison, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, one of our district’s biggest corporations fell far short of that standard, resulting in today’s guilty plea.”

In pleading guilty, the company also agreed to put in a compliance and ethics program to detect future attempts at similar deceptive conduct. The company’s guilty plea is subject to court approval, and sentencing is scheduled for July 18.

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