Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will engage in settlement talks with lawyers representing car owners in the US next month over its alleged manipulation of car emission results, according to Reuters.

A number of class actions lawsuits were launched between November and December of last year over the alleged cheating, the first such move in North America.

At the beginning of this year, FCA revealed they had received a number of subpoenas and enquiries from multiple US authorities.

In May, the US Justice Department confirmed they had filed a lawsuit accusing the carmaker of cheating tests on 104,000 vehicles sold since 2014. They sought up to $45,268 (£33,877) in compensation for each consumer who had bought one of the models under scrutiny.

The US government will not sit in October’s talks. The company denied any wrongdoing.

FCA scored a small victory in July, when federal and Californian regulators granted it approval to sell its 2017 vehicles.

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At the time, FCA said it would use its updated software to patch the issues that concerned regulators in its 2014-2016 vehicles. The federal and Californian governments said they were about to reach an agreement with the company for a testing plan for the updated software.

Car manufacturer Bosch, which was sued by car owners along FCA, will also take part in the talks.