China – GAC Fiat, the joint venture between Fiat, Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) will begin production of three new models for the domestic market. The project has been approved by the authorities and production plans will be finalised in the near-term; manufacturing is expected to begin by late 2015.
“Today’s announcement represents the next chapter in the proper utilisation and expansion on a global scale of the Jeep brand,” commented Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and chairman and CEO of Chrysler, adding that the brand’s continued development in the Chinese market with an established partner is “equally important”.
In order to create capacity for the introduction of the Jeep models, GAC Fiat is establishing a production facility in Guangzhou.
The expanded co-operation between the companies also includes the possible development of a vehicle specifically designed for China, which is the largest market for Jeep outside the US.