Fiat is close to reaching an agreement that would allow Chrysler to build Jeeps in China at a plant owned by Guangzhou Automobile Group.
“We have had some very fruitful discussions with Fiat’s partner,” Mike Manley, Jeep president and CEO, said today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “There will be news very shortly.”
Once there is an agreement Manley said it could take up to two years before actual production would begin. Manley declined to say which Jeep models Fiat and Chrysler would produce in China.
The plant has initial annual capacity of 140,000 cars and is capable of eventually assembling 500,000 vehicles per year. Production of the Fiat Viaggio compact car began in June.