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CBC's On The Money talk to auto-industry expert Economics Professor Greig Mordue (ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy) about allegations that Fiat Chrysler cheated on reporting the diesel engine emissions of some of its vehicles.

Jan 17, 2017

The U.S. government is accusing Fiat Chrysler of violating the Clean Air Act on some of its diesel engines installed in about 104,000 vehicles.

"I think we're all surprised that this could manifest again, but the reality is an automobile in 2017 is an enormously complex piece of engineering," said Greig Mordue, an associate professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.

 "There are millions of lines of [computer] code, more lines of code in a car than a 747. So to have pieces of code embedded somehow, somewhere within the car that can somehow bypass [emissions testing] is hard to fathom, but it's completely possible, as we've learned already with Volkswagen," Mordue told CBC News.

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CBC's The National and CBC TV's national business program On The Money interviewed auto-industry expert Greig Mordue (ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy) about allegations that Fiat Chrysler cheated on reporting the diesel engine emissions of some of its vehicles. Mordue also appeared on CBC.ca, and on CBC Radio in Toronto, Ottawa and 17 other Canadian markets.