Fiat-Chrysler will build 280,000 Alfa Romeo, Jeep SUVs annually starting 2012

Article by Christian A., on January 31, 2011

Starting in 2012, Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC will produce 280,000 compact SUVs annually for the Alfa Romeo and Jeep brands as part of a new joint-venture company that will operate at Fiat's Mirafiori plant in Turin.

Last Thursday, Fiat gave its approval to spend about 1.3 billion euros ($1.78 billion) for the retooling of the factory that would build the first SUV in Alfa's 101-year history and a Jeep model that will replace the Compass/Patriot.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told analysts on Jan. 27 that production will begin in the third or fourth quarter of 2012.

A Fiat spokesman said that the Alfa SUV will rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Marchionne added that the Mirafiori will be the only manufacturing location for the new Jeep.

He also said that in recent customer clinics, the styling models of both SUVs scored well. Of the 280,000 SUVs to be made in Turin, half will be sold in Europe and the other half will be exported, primarily to North America.

The brand's North American relaunch is expected to take place in 2012 or early 2013 but what’s certain is that the Alfa models would play a vital part. Presently, Jeep aims to take about 150,000 units a year while Alfa will get 100,000 to 130,000 SUVs. A Fiat spokesman calls these volume expectations as “preliminary estimates.” [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

During car crashes and accidents, there are times that its occupants can’t get out easily. There are times when the only way to get out of that situation is to...
by - February 23, 2017
Could this be a special version of Ferrari’s much acclaimed LaFerrari? No matter how we look at it, the patent images for this sports car from Ferrari indicate its striking...
by - February 23, 2017
How fast can a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 actually go? Considering the amount of power lurking underneath its line-laden bonnet, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is capable of achieving a top...
by - February 23, 2017
As it turned out, we’ll be seeing Toyota’s new super supermini at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s time we all get to meet the new Toyota Yaris...
by - February 23, 2017
Opel revealed it has sweetened the pot for 2017 Insignia Grand Sport customers with the Opel Exclusive program. Through this program, the brand hopes to introduce a wide selection of...
by - February 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries