We're quite used to seeing Jeep knockoffs come out of Asia (e.g. SsangYong Korando generations one through three), but if a new report is to be believed, we may start seeing the fair dinkum being built in Asia once again, too.

According to Bloomberg, Chrysler parent Fiat is in serious negotiations with its Chinese joint venture partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group, over plans to build Jeeps locally. Of course, the brand previously built models in China before Fiat came into its management picture, but now there's talk of possibly assembling more than one model – and possibly the entire brand portfolio – in China. The additional capacity would likely only augment Jeep's US output, not replace it.

Jeep currently builds all of its models in the US, but it has been enjoying rapidly growing overseas sales and is looking to capitalize on its momentum. Bloomberg notes that the marque is targeting sales of 500,000 overseas units, which would represent a three-fold increase over its 2009 numbers. In fact, more than three out of four overseas deliveries for Chrysler brands this year have carried a seven-slot grille. Demand for the Grand Cherokee and Compass models in China are said to be particularly strong.


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      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering the huge tariffs that China puts on all imported products, I can see it happening. However, I don't see the China produced Jeeps being exported to the western world. Jeeps built in China are sold in China and the rest of Asia, Africa, and Australia. Jeeps built in America are sold in NA, SA, and Europe. The smaller Jeeps that are going to be built in Italy will be sold in Europe.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        Yeah, that is the plan, I suppose.. Jeep will build from China for China/India/ rest of Asia, Middle East etc.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Headline is a bit confusing.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Except... the SsangYong Korando was Korean... yes, they may have manufactured some in China, but I wouldn't call it a "Chinese knockoff"... It is interesting that Jeeps, through AMC, were some of the FIRST licensed Western cars built in China.
        BC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        Not only wasn't it Chinese, it wasn't a "knockoff." The first one was a Jeep-licensed assembly of an older model, and the successor looked as much like a Suzuki Sidekick as it did a Jeep--and it was styled by a Brit.
      Gunther
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go ahead FIAT and you'll loose very many American and Canadian patriots who won't touch the Chinese garbage. I would even go as far as to say that FIAT - CHRYSLER is committing a treason on the American consumer. Jeep is America This is a murder of the American Spirit. I can't go on I have to run and vomit.
        Sky MKinley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gunther
        The United States Federal Government and the Canadian Government worked together to sell a majority interest in Chrysler to Fiat SpA... and Italian company. I would say Obama is the one you should be directing your questions of treason towards. ... ask him about Benghazi, which necessitated an immediate trip for the President to Vegas ..when you do.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      JB 383
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes another dim-witted short sighted "American" company sending potential jobs, revenue and anti-recession treatments overseas. Way to go Chrysler, glad my tax money went to bail out a company who should've been left to their own devices, get hit by a bus.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        Chrysler's maxed out on factory capacity, working 3 shifts at the Wrangler factory and the Grand Cherokee factory. Huge opportunity in China since JapanInc is getting blown out and Chinese are proving to strong Jeep buyers paying 100K tariffs and such. I'm sure many American jobs will be created from this opportunity.
      DrWho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will it be called Cheep.
      NDcart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Augment is the word of the day. Do not comment on this article if you do not know it's definition.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @NDcart
        LOL!
        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NDcart
        Augment today. What about tomorrow? I'm sure they'd love to move all production to the far east to save 3% per vehicle. Then the board can give themselves bonuses and then fire all the domestic workers.
          oRenj9
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Big Squid
          This is why you should support unions. They are the *only* people capable of keeping their jobs on US soil.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure this is just BS. I don't think Jeep is THAT stupid to do such a thing. It's be suicidal.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        You don't get it. Models built in China would be for the Chinese market. There is nothing wrong with that.
          CEC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Look up the word augment. It does not mean cutting US jobs.
          ehisforadam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Andre...Augment: Verb: Make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: "he augmented his income by painting houses".
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          My comment was actually referring to... "The additional capacity would likely only augment Jeep's US output." So basically, they're be cutting jobs here in the U.S. Not a smart move.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        No pun intended on the "suicidal" part.
          icon149
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          I'm sure you are pretty stupid for thinking it is BS. It would be stupid not to build them in China... they don't plan to export them from china to the US. just build them and sell them in China avoiding the huge tariffs and duties they put on foreign cars. but if they don't build them in china then they will never be anything but a bit player.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      It can't get any worse. Everything they build here in the USA is garbage.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Moving Jeep to China would kill the brand, not to mention that if you thought Jeep's QC was bad already, wait until they start manufacturing in China...
        junkyard9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        It isn't moving it to China, it's building in China. It's extremely difficult to sell in China if you don't build in China. The tariffs are ridiculous. So exporting automobiles is like tying an arm behind your back. So Jeeps will be built there to be sold there. Incidentally, China taxation policy also makes it very difficult to have a factory that builds products both sold in China and exported, so a factory built to sell in China would guarantee those China made Jeeps never make it here.
          Peter_G
          • 2 Years Ago
          @junkyard9
          Your post is so choke-full of awesome it can make one feel all warm and fuzzy inside....although that might be just an after affect of wanting to throw up from reading all the other posts that did not get the point of this article...
          waetherman
          • 2 Years Ago
          @junkyard9
          I fell for the misleading headline...
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