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Christopher Bruce2013-08-23 18:35:17

Fiat Deal to Build Jeeps in China Nearly Complete

Production will be at Guangzhou factory

The Jeeps will likely go into production in China in 2014

FiatFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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is nearly complete with a deal with GuangzhouGac GroupGac GroupChina, 1996 > present to build JeepsJeepJeepUnited States of America, 1941 > present33 models
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at its joint venture factory in Changsa, China. An official agreement will be signed in the coming months, according to the National Business Daily newspaper in China.

Guangzhou and Fiat had started negotiations to build Jeeps in China in January, but the two sides disagreed on where they should be built. Fiat wanted them built at the GAC Fiat Automobile plant in Changsa, and Guangzhou wanted them built at its own factory in the city of Guangzhou. Fiat appears to have won the disagreement.

The Changsa factory is underutilized at the moment, according to the newspaper's report. The only vehicle currently being built there is the Fiat ViaggioViaggio Gen.1Fiat Viaggio Gen.1Italy, 2013 > present4 versions
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, the Chinese-market version of the Dodge DartDart (modern)Dodge Dart (modern)United States of America, 2012 > present27 versions
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. It can build 140,000 cars a year but has only sold 20,000 Viaggios in China this year. The Jeep production will take up some of the capacity. The new Jeep CherokeeCherokee Gen.3 [KL]Jeep Cherokee Gen.3 [KL]United States of America, 2014 > present25 versions
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uses the same platform as the Viaggio.

Source: Automotive News Europe





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