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Jeep – Imported From Italy

Next-gen “small Jeep” to be Produced Overseas.

by on Dec.21, 2012

The replacement for the Jeep Patriot and Compass will be produced in Melfi, Italy and share underpinnings with the new Fiat 500X.

This story has been updated following clarification from Chrysler about plans for Jeep.

A new small Jeep will be produced in Italy and then exported to the U.S. and other markets, according to Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, a move the maker hopes will help improve capacity utilization as European car sales collapse.

While Marchionne did not specifically identify the Jeep product, company officials have since advised that the new product would be an “additional model to the (brand) and not (a) replacement for the current Jeep Compass or Patriot models, as had been earlier reported.

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The new products will be based upon a crossover chassis developed by Fiat and Chrysler using their new Small-Wide “architecture.”  That platform will be shared with several Fiat additions, the recently-introduced 500L and the new 500X.


Alfa Delaying U.S. Return to at Least 2013

Marchionne, meanwhile, confirms Fiat upping Chrysler stake to 30% "in a matter of days."

by on Apr.11, 2011

The Alfa-Romeo Giulia is the centerpiece of the Italian brand's planned U.S. revival.

The long-awaited return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market has apparently been delayed once again.

The Italian maker, a subsidiary of the Italian auto giant Fiat S.p.A. was due to return to American shores late next year, but that has now been pushed back to 2013, sources confirmed, the blame apparently going to CEO Sergio Marchionne, who feels the brand’s products won’t be ready for the trans-Atlantic jump.

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Separately, Marchionne, who also serves as chief executive of Chrysler, confirms a report by, earlier this month, that Fiat will soon increase its stake in its U.S. affiliate to 30%.  Eventually, the Italian company is expected to push that to a majority 51% share.

Alfa Romeo pulled out of the U.S. market two decades ago, suffering from quality problems and a steady decline in sales.  The maker has made several comeback attempts since then – two years ago launching the low-volume import of the Alfa 8C supercar.  A full comeback to the American market is seen as a critical step for the brand, which has been struggling for a number of years.