Fiat, Guangzhou Close Deal to Build Jeeps in China
The two parties have finalized a deal to build Jeep-badged SUVs at the Changsha plant and will sign a deal in the coming months, government sources have told the Shanghai-based National Business Daily paper.
No word on which models will be built or when Jeep production will actually kick off, but past reports have suggested that the all-new 2014 Cherokee will be the first vehicle to be assembled in Changsha, starting towards the end of 2014, under the Ziyou Guan (Liberty Light). The crossover SUV will share Fiat Viaggio’s turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and will probably gain a 2.4-liter powerplant as well.
Meanwhile, the first examples of the Cherokee will be sold in China starting this year as an imported vehicle.
The GAC Fiat plant in Changsha, a 50-50 joint venture between Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile, can produce up to 140,000 vehicles a year.
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