In the latest round of executive appointments, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Jeep chief Mike Manley head of the Ram brand as well.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley would rather soft-pedal the seven-figure prognostication for now, but Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne won't have it, proclaiming in an interview that Jeep will sell one million units worldwide this year. Manley has called that come-hither number "a stretch," the history of recent gains perhaps reason for his caution: in 2011 the brand sold 568,317 units, followed by the record-breaking tally of 701,626, then another record in 2013 with 731,565 units moved.
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"Pretty soon." That's the answer Jeep president Mike Manley gave to Australian site Car Advice when asked about a decision on a Jeep pickup truck. And with the next-generartion Wrangler planned for arrival in 2015 or 2016, this is the window for getting with planners. There's certainly plenty of lust for a Jeep pickup – just look at the strong sales of Mopar's JK8 kit.
According to Autocar, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has confirmed that his company is working on a new B-segment SUV. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Manley said that there's room in the small SUV market for an offering from Jeep, and that the vehicle should touch down in 2013. If that's the case, odds are high that the company will turn to Fiat for the pint-sized SUV's bones. That may mean that Americans will finally be able to sink their teeth into the Grande Punto, even if the vehicle does wear sign