• Jan 19, 2011
Baseball, apple pie, Stars and Stripes... and Jeep. What do all of these things have in common? They are all classically American. Or are they? It seems that future Jeeps, specifically the replacements for our current Compass and Patriot, will likely be assembled in Italy on the same lines Fiat uses to build Alfa Romeo models. These Jeeps would then be imported to America.

The plan to build Jeeps in Italy is moving forward after workers at a Fiat plant in Turin, Italy, voted 54-percent in favor of a new contract that, among other things, places limits on workers' ability to strike or just not show up for work around holidays (yes, seriously). In exchange for such concessions, Fiat has pledged to pump a billion euros into the plant to tool up for new Alfa Romeo and Jeep models.

This plant is expected to be building salable Alfa Romeo and Jeep vehicles by the fourth quarter of 2012. Half the production is earmarked for European sales and the other half will be exported to North America.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd | Image: Chris Shunk/AOL]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Compass and Patriot aren't really Jeeps anyhow. Why should I care if the piece of crap I'm not going to buy is a badge engineered Dodge Caliber or Fiat Panda?
      empire1646
      • 3 Years Ago
      We must have a work force here and abroad and in New York and some new plants new unions.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you Build a Jeep Overseas and ship them to this country, Its an Import. I will never buy a Jeep again unless it is built in the USA. Its an American icon!! Ive owned 5 in my life. I surley dont want to buy and foreign made Jeep and I Wont..... Thanks for takeing american Jobs also :) Great for the U.S you Italian Idiot.
        hud
        • 3 Years Ago
        how quickly you forget if it wasnt for FIAT stepping in, there would be no jeep to speak of, your government bailed out GM but turned its back on chrysler
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand what Fiat is thinking these days.

      The concept of an Italian built Jeep compass sound like the punchline of a build quality joke.

      And.. who looked at the Chrysler Sebring and said "that's just what the European market is missing! Let's rebrand it as a Lancia."
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world beating Grand Cherokee is built in Detroit and will be exported by FIAT around the world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello! This is the auto company of the future, which to survive, must become "global" in many respects. The fact that Chrysler/Fiat have established an open and respectful semi-autonomous business relationship and a corporate culture of recognizing each others strengths honestly is what is so compelling. The unions in Italy untypically have acquiesced to reality and have joined the reformation of international labor.
      The Jeep brand is the global standard in the SUV market. Chrysler/Fiat must explore every segment of that market to maximize profit. The greater the Jeep market, the greater the production/profits will be for domestically built Jeeps. If the Jeep Compass were to be built in Italy and its sales were to say, triple, then it opens up markets for other Jeeps and everyone benefits. Who doesn't want a Wrangler?
      It is my biased opinion that Chrysler/Fiat has a realistic opportunity to become the # 2 or 3 auto manufacturer in the world and this vote makes that more achievable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess they will be soft roaders rather than off-roaders.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, they gonna build Alfas in NA, i don't know what are you complaining about.
      It's how globalisation work
      Jeep will be always American, it doesn't matter which hands build the cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Jeep will be always American, it doesn't matter which hands build the cars."

        True. Good Point.
      Carlos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hurray for job outsourcing! Not
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Yeah, except for the fact that there will be no job losses here in the states. Give them some credit where it's due.
        1. No job losses here.
        2. Cheaper to build over there.
        3. Italian quality, c'mon.
        4. We're getting Alfa's out of this. The same Alfa's that are being built at that plant are destined to hit our shores, in addition to somre more Alfa's like the one based on the Cherokee to be built in the states.
        5. Jeep will have better access to Europe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Not from Fiat's perspective. They're bring work home. The problem is that Chrysler itself was outsourced to a foreign company. And its not like they had any choice in the matter.
        Carlos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        O of course FIAT doesn't see it that way, there will probably be a parade/party in Italy some where for this new addition. I tell you this country has sold its soul to money, whatever happened to the American work ethic and building quality items so people will want to buy American?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Don't be an idiot... they just avoided the UAW. Great job Marchionne! Cheers 2 U!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Greedy unions at least in terms of the automotive industry.
        Sadly I have a feeling the Jeeps made in Italy will cost less than being made in the US so its a profit stance for Fiat.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, Jeeps have been being built in foreign countries for a long time now, such as Austria, China, and Argentina. I don't see why everybody is getting so upset now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nobody appears to notice your comment...

        From this article on Allpar: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2010/11/marchionne-proposes-new-fiat-chrysler-joint-venture-for-mirafiori-plant

        "If the unions accept the plan, this will be the second European source for Jeep products. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Chrysler 300C and Chrysler Voyager minivan are assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Magna Steyr’s predecessor, Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik, purchased the Chrysler-owned Eurostar plant in 2003."

        The Euro models are already manufactured in Austria... so this plant in Italy will increase output in Europe... And btw, you'd be surprised how many Mopars you see in Europe. And they're about 90% diesels, and you can even get a Voyager with a diesel stick shift (GM did the same with the Opel Sintra, which was a clone of the Chevy Venture... you could get a 2.2L diesel with a stick shift!).

        Also, to enlighten you so called Mopar fans with their vehicles built overseas: http://www.allpar.com/world/index.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take that,UAW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing is for certain, and that is the American unions have almost completely stifled themselves from ever being competitive in the automotive markets again.

      Why would any company want to pay some lazy home grown worker 5 times what they could pay someone in a foreign country to do the same job?

      Makes me sick that the corrupt union bosses will continue to milk the cow until she can't produce anymore...and the average workers keep trusting these crooks.

      Larry
      http://www.4-the-love-of-jeeps.com/
        • 3 Years Ago
        Absolutely correct...when we look around at a decimated US industrial base, we can thank the unions. The sooner the UAW (and all unions) are dead and gone, the better we will all be.
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