Italian court allows Fiat fuel efficiency class action

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MILAN (AP) — An Italian appellate court is allowing a class-action suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that alleges it misled buyers on the amount of fuel consumed by its Panda city car.

The Altroconsumo consumers group said the appeals court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling, allowing its case. The consumer group says it had found the gasoline-powered Panda consumed 20 percent more fuel than claimed by the automaker, well beyond the legally permitted 7 percent variance.

Altroconsumo said it is seeking 239 euros ($255) for each member of the class to cover the difference in annual fuel costs averaging 15,000 kilometers.

Fiat Chrysler declined comment.

The consumer group is waiting for a court in Venice to decide whether to accept a class-action against Volkswagen for under-declaring consumption of its diesel-powered Golf 1.6 TDI.