Fiat has just finalized a deal originally set up in January between it and China's Guangzhou Automotive Group to bring Jeep production to China. It remains unclear which models will be built, although we're wagering that it'll be the 2014 Cherokee. What we do know, now, is where production will take place.

According to Automotive News, Guangzhou originally wanted production to take place in its home assembly plant in its namesake city. Fiat has battled to send production to a joint venture facility established between Guangzhou and Fiat in the town of Changsha. The joint facility won out, and now the factory, originally built in 2010 with a 140,000-unit capacity, will see Jeeps rolling out of it.

Currently, the GAC-Fiat factory produces the Fiat Viaggio, a jointly developed product that is closely related to America's Dodge Dart. And while it remains unclear as to which model will join the Viaggio on the assembly line, that model is understood to ride on Fiat's Compact platform. The only Jeep to share those underpinnings is the new Cherokee, so there's not much connecting of dots needed to see why this scenario would make sense.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say what you want if Jeep finds solid success in China it can ensure the brand longevity in the future. Why do you think Buick is still with us.
        dovegraybird
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Buick is still with us because at the time of GM bankruptcy it had the most awards for quality and reliability than any GM brand, Cadillac included. Buick is still with us because it was the only domestic upmarket brand that actually made money. Buick is still with us because it wasn't cross shopped with Chevy, like Saturn and Pontiac. Buick was (as of 2007) the number one brand at GM that minorities inspired to own. Buick is still with us because they sold for 4-7% higher (depending on segment) than other GM divisions (Edmonds) helping boost GM's bottom line. Buick is still with us because they had a firm hold in the 55+ age bracket ( with 10,000 Boomers retiring DAILY that's considered a GOOD thing). But if you hate Buick, or hate GM for killing your favorite division, never mind facts, then Buick is still with us because of China.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone blasted Mitt Romney for saying this would happen during the campaign. But I guess he was right all along. Even the iconic Jeep brand is moving to China. Whatever, I don't care. Most of the American makes are made somewhere besides the USA.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        *sigh* At best what Romney said was disingenuous at worst it was an outright lie. His claim was that they were moving American jobs to China to make Jeeps (implying these Jeeps would be sold here). This is building Chinese market Jeeps in China, which is the only way to economically sell cars there. Romney got caught in a lie and no amount of "see, it happened!" changes that.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          Romney was blatantly distorting the truth as an extraordinarily superficial way to win votes - the trouble is, nobody with any intellect believed him and knew the true parameters of the situation. Building cars locally for the most lucrative car market on earth (China) is no different than the same methods adopted for local consumption in the US, EU and Far East.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          [blocked]
        caddy-v
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Spin it whatever way you like it still does'nt change the FACT that Romney was right.
          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          @caddy-v
          No, he really wasn't. But hey, why let facts get involved in this whole thing?
          vegasstyleguy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @caddy-v
          No. He was not. The black guy won.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        [blocked]
          vegasstyleguy
          • 1 Year Ago
          Actually Romney was an elitist. You on the other hand. ..
        vegasstyleguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        No. He lied and said production was moving to China. That was a lie.
        Tom Janowski
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        No...what Mitt said was that Jeep was going to move Toledo jobs to China....and this story is not about the closing of a Jeep factory in Ohio.
        theplainlv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        john you took the words out of my mouth lol, but the jeep in china will be different then the ones here MAYBE ,
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 1 Year Ago
      This plant is to replace the manufacturing plants that Jeep had in China that are among the many assets that Daimler stole from Chrysler during their 'merger'. ' Also they robbed Chrysler's piggy bank but that's another subject ...
      ElvisOnVelvet
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/30/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-obama-chrysler-sold-italians-china-ame/ Romney still gets a "pants on fire" as far as I can tell from politifact The production of cars in China is a sign of Chrysler's growing strength in overseas markets. It would like to build Jeeps in China to sell in China. It is not outsourcing American auto jobs.
        mylexicon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ElvisOnVelvet
        Look at our balance of trade with China and then slap yourself
          vegasstyleguy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mylexicon
          Why don't you stop jerking your knee and realize the American product is wanted around the world and the plant in this country is running at capacity?
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another American icon bites the dust. What else will we surrender to the Chinese? American flag production? Oh, wait...we already did that.
      vegasstyleguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cue Obama hate
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here we go again. Giving China more of our technology. I guess we do not realize it\'s a Communist country! Keep giving them all we have and we will not have anything!! They want us to product their and buy their crap and yet the US cannot export much of our products and China and Japan trade more with each other than we do. Our Coporations just keep putting money into China and with China\'s American lobbyists we keep getting screwed!! Great job Coporate America!!
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        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        Which would almost certainly happen anyway. This way Chrysler gets some of the money. Life, as my momma was quick to point out, life isn't fair.
          luigi.tony
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          FIAT will get the money. FIAT owns Jeep.
        MAX
        • 1 Year Ago
        They already have counterfeit Jeep Cherokees and now even JK Wranglers
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will we wake up and stop accepting the unfair trade policies of China? Our trade deficit is out of control. They can ship all the crap they want here even toys with lead and cadmium and we do nothing. They force our companies to partner with their companies and slap massive tariffs on our cars. 91k for a Jeep that starts at 26k here? The rust belt grows, people need work, and our government does't do a darn thing.
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      With tariffs, Jeeps were selling for as much as $189,000 and yet they still sold 19,000 of them. Chrysler would be crazy not to sell Chinese made Jeeps to avoid the tariff but this deal doesn't include building Wranglers over there. .bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-22/jeeps-sell-for-189-750-as-china-demand-offsets-tariffs.html
        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        What does Chrysler have to do with Jeep. Chrysler has not owned Jeep since the 1990s. Jeep is not owned by FIAT, before that Cerberus, and that Damlier.
          Bill Burke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @luigi.tony
          You keep making the same point, although it is narrow in definition and flawed by perception. In a short period of time, if not presently, there will be no "American" or "Japanese" or "French" companies per say, only international corporations with symbolic headquarters in various nations. For tax purposes those offices may be in rather remote places from actual operations. Chrysler/Fiat.... and most likely that will be the name once going public, is rumored to be considering an Italian city, an American city, or a Belgian city. The first two for symbolic purposes, the last for tax advantages and none changing the fact that Chrysler/Fiat and any number of large corporations are moving to international status and a true global operation. Most upset..... the Italians. Most benefit in return.....the Americans. And yes, Chrysler as a business group is a semi- autonomous structure within a corporation that will be known as "Chrysler/Fiat" (not Fiat) that owns the Jeep entity but it is Chrysler group that manages it's essential assets. When people think Jeep they correctly think Chrysler. Always have ...always will. Get over that silly hang up already.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @luigi.tony
          "Chrysler as a business group is a semi- autonomous structure within a corporation that will be known as "Chrysler/Fiat" (not Fiat) that owns the Jeep entity but it is Chrysler group that manages it's essential assets" Absolute rubbish. Fiat SpA is the parent company. Chrysler Group LLC is the subsidiary which owns the Jeep trading name. Jeep itself is merely a brand, not a legal entity in its own right and therefore has no assets, capital or liabilities of its own.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of coarse it's going to be Cherokee. The people in Toledo would be pissed if they started making the Wrangler in China.
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Marchionne has made it clear, Wrangler will stay in Toledo, but.... Egypt does produce a military version on licence from Chrysler, I believe. A similar arrangement may not be far off somewhere in Asia. Wrangler may be the product necessary to open the door to lots more Chrysler/Fiat products. The potential Wrangler market is huge and impossible for Toledo to meet, since they sell every Wrangler they can build, as fast as they can humanly build them. As long as Toledo is at full capacity, everyone should be happy.
      White
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well we brought it on ourselves asking for more money in wages, over pricing our home made items so companies found a cheaper place to not only have it produced but shipped too and still be less than what an item made here is. Were the smart ass then we complain about third world countries doing what we started out to do.. $30 - 40 per hour these third world countries people are lucky if they are paid $10 per week.
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