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FCA Set to Wind Down Passenger Car Production

Trucks Moving in at two current sedan plants.

by on May.09, 2016

The Jeep Crew Chief concept reveals some "hints" of a production Jeep pickup to come.

With pickups, utility vehicles and vans now capturing about 60% of the U.S. market, automakers are struggling to shift production to match consumer demand, in some cases dropping once-popular passenger car models and refitting plants to produce light truck lines.

Nowhere is that shift becoming more apparent than at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. At least two of the maker’s sedans will soon head off to the junkyard, making room for expanded production of updated and possibly all-new pickups and SUVs.

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At least two plants will be impacted by the shift at the trans-Atlantic automaker, including one in Belvidere, Illinois and another in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights where 3,000 workers have been on temporary layoff due to slow sales of the Chrysler 200 since early this year. Nearly half will be put on indefinite layoff in July, likely for as much as two years.


Jeep Launches Second Plant in China

Move critical to Jeep's global growth plans.

by on Apr.19, 2016

A new Jeep Renegade makes its debut in China.

The first locally made Jeep Renegade SUV began rolling down the assembly line in Guangzhou, China, this week, marking a critical step in parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s bid to get a foothold in the world’s largest automotive market.

A weak presence in China is one of the reasons why FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker needs to find a partner. The irony is that Jeep – then owned by American Motors – was the first foreign automaker to set up a Chinese manufacturing venture. But it lost that operation following the break-up of the ill-fated DaimlerChrysler AG nearly a decade ago.

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FCA spent a number of years trying to negotiate Jeep’s return to production in China, just launching its first new plant there last October. The Changsha facility currently produces the bigger Jeep Cherokee model.


Jeep Expands Grand Cherokee Offerings

New 2017 additions debut at NY Auto Show.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk may be the most capable Grand Cherokee ever built.

Jeep continues to mine the Grand Cherokee line-up for more gold with two new editions for 2017: the Trailhawk and the Summit.

Called the “most capable” Grand Cherokee ever produced, the new model is counterbalanced by the Summit, which may be the most comfortable and plush model ever manufactured by the brand that is thought of as more rough and tumble than warm and fuzzy.

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“With our new Trailhawk and Summit models, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable and more luxurious,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. Adding more options to the Grand Cherokee portfolio makes sense as sales of the model rose 7% in 2015. (more…)

Jeep Building Patriot/Compass Replacement in Brazil

New crossover making debut in Brazil instead of New York Auto Show.

by on Mar.11, 2016

The replacement for the Jeep Compass and Liberty will bow in Brazil instead of New York as originally planned.

The replacement for the Jeep Patriot/Compass was scheduled to make its debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, but instead will debut in Brazil, where it will be produced, according to officials.

Mike Manley, Jeep’s global chief, said the yet-to-be-named small crossover will be built at its $1.8 billion assembly plant in Pernambuco, Brazil. Production is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The plant, which is one of Jeep’s most modern facilities, currently produces the Jeep Renegade, the Fiat Punto and Fiat Toro in January. It has the capacity to produce 250,000 vehicles annually. (more…)

Jeep Ready to Rock at Safari with Seven Concepts

Annual collection of fans in Moab getting an assortment of options.

by on Mar.11, 2016

What happens when you squeeze a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into a Jeep Wrangler? You get the Trailcat and just in time for the annual Easter Safari.

Jeep plans to continue building its reputation for building uniquely, capable vehicles by offering, with a big assist from Mopar, seven new concept vehicles for the annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah.

“Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.

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The portfolio of concept vehicles for the Moab show Fiat Chrysler plans to develop a pickup truck for the Jeep brand. While it hasn’t been announced officially no one around FCA’s U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, denies its coming. (more…)

FCA Plans to Trek into India with Jeep This Year

Wrangler, Grand Cherokee first products to be offered.

by on Feb.04, 2016

FCA will begin selling Jeep Wranglers in India some time later this year, according to the automaker.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to start selling the Jeep brand in India by the middle of this year.

Jeep, which opened a plant in China, the world’s largest vehicle market just year, said it will expand to India with a line-up of three SUVs made in the United States, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the high performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Jeep introduced the at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

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“Our aggressive expansion in international markets is one of the key drivers behind our current global sales momentum,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, FCA, and chief operating officer of the Asia Pacific Regional Operations Group. (more…)

FCA Readying for Operations for New Jeep Pickup

Maker adds new line to Detroit-area stamping plant.

by on Jan.25, 2016

The Comanche was a Jeep Cherokee-based pickup. While Jeep is expected to bring back a pickup, no word yet on the name.

This is a big week for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. as it is scheduled to release its final financial report for 2015 and Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce a re-organization of FCA’s U.S. manufacturing operations that will include production of long-awaited pickup truck from the Jeep brand.

FCA officials said last week that hasn’t detailed the plans yet, but they did confirm the Jeep pickup truck, which Jeep fans have been clamoring for since the old Chrysler Corp. pulled the Jeep Comanche off the market in the mid-1990s so it build additional versions of the very popular Jeep Wrangler, will be added to the Jeep product portfolio in 2017.

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Pickup trucks have been part of Jeep’s product portfolio going back to the late 1940s when Willys-Overland, then the owner of the Jeep brand, introduced the very first Jeep pickup, which remained in production until the mid-1960s. American Motors, which acquired the Jeep brand in 1970 also sold a Jeep pickup truck, starting in the early 1980s when compact trucks were popular. (more…)

Jeep Sets New Sales Records in 2015

Europe, Middle East, Africa bolster global results.

by on Jan.22, 2016

Jeep posted a 25% sales increase in 2015, led by the success of the Renegade in the EMEA markets.

Full-year Jeep brand sales were up 25% in 2015 for its best annual U.S. sales ever. It was the Jeep brand’s sixth-straight year of annual sales growth. In addition, the Wrangler, Cherokee, Compass and Patriot each posted their best annual U.S. sales ever. The Grand Cherokee had its best annual sales in 10 years. Jeep also posted a 41% sales increase in Canada and posted record sales in Mexico.

However, Jeep’s biggest sales gains came beyond North America as overall sales of Jeeps topped 1.1 million units, according to figures released by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. During 2015, the Jeep brand set all-time sales record in Europe, Middle East, Africa with 117,620 units sold and volumes were up by 55.7% in comparison with 2014.

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Since 2009, Jeep sales have tripled in EMEA, with the region currently ranking second in terms of volume after North America, with a share of 10% of the brand’s global sales, compared with 7% in 2014, FCA reported. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Opens New Jeep Plant in China

Full production expected next month.

by on Oct.20, 2015

Jeep is now building Cherokees in China. The first models rolled off the line this week with full production coming in November.

Amid much fanfare, the first Jeep Cherokee rolled off the assembly line of a new joint-venture plant built by Fiat Chrysler NV and its Chinese partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group in Changsha, China.

The ceremony also marks the return of the Jeep brand, which helped ignite a revolution in what was then China’s rudimentary automobile industry back in the 1980s with the founding of Beijing Jeep, the first joint venture between an American company and a Chinese partner.

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In 2007, what was Beijing Jeep was absorbed by a new joint venture established by Daimler AG after had sold off the Chrysler Group to a group of investment bankers.  Meanwhile, China automotive industry has grown into the largest world with the capacity to build roughly 30 million vehicles annually. (more…)

Jeep Will Keep Wrangler Production in Toledo, Add New Wrangler-Based Picked

But maker will relocate production of popular Cherokee model.

by on Sep.02, 2015

The question has been answered: Jeep is re-entering the truck market with the Wrangler-based truck.

After a long debate that put thousands of jobs at risk, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to retain production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio. And CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the maker will add a long-rumored, Wrangler-based pickup to the Jeep line-up.

But Toledo did get one setback in its bid to maintain its long-standing role as Jeep’s ancestral home. FCA will now move production of the Cherokee model to another, as yet-unspecified plant. The compromise follows an intense round of negotiations by Toledo and Ohio officials who struggled to help the automaker reduce costs and update the Toledo plant to handle what will be a radically redesigned version of the ever-popular Wrangler.

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“We found a solution that accommodates a variety of other interests to us because of the way in which we can move some product around,” Marchionne told trade publication Automotive News. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (to know) that the only way I can move around the Wrangler is to move it into the other Toledo plant.” (more…)