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'China plant could make 100,000 Jeeps a year' says Fiat CEO

Fiat-Chrysler factory 'maybe up and running by mid-2014'

17 January, 13:03
'China plant could make 100,000 Jeeps a year' says Fiat CEO (ANSA) - Milan, January 17 - Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Thursday that plants in China could be putting out 100,000 vehicles a year under the iconic American Jeep brand by mid-2014 through a partnership with Chinese carmaker GAC.

"In China, with GAC, 100,000 vehicles could be produced every year," he said at an automotive event in Milan. "The plant is ready and could potentially start production within 18 months".

The deal with GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group) was announced Tuesday. In a statement, the automakers said that "production in China" was limited to vehicles for the "Chinese market only".

Building Jeeps in China made international headlines during the 2011 American election season when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney falsely suggested that Chrysler would transfer all Jeep production from Ohio to China. The Chinese automaker already builds the Fiat Viaggio and distributes in China imported models such as the trendy Fiat 500, Freemont and Bravo. The plant, located in the Changsha, south-central China, will eventually produce up to 300,000 vehicles under Fiat and Chrysler brands.

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