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Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes a question during a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)
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Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne worked to distance Thursday’s allegations against the company from those Volkswagen pleaded guilty to earlier this week. He said the issue stems from a “difference of opinion” over how facets of the software are disclosed to regulators and that it was not designed to operate differently in emissions testing than on the open road.
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