Mumbai, October 27, 2017
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India announced that it has begun shipping right-hand drive units of the Jeep Compass as part of its export strategy, articulated during the SUV’s market launch in India three months earlier. The SUV was manufactured in Ranjangaon, India and was launched as under the company’s aim to align with the government’s Make-in-India initiative. The SUV also consists of over 65 per cent of locally produced content. FCA has shipped its very first batch of 600 units of the Jeep Compass from the Bombay Port Trust facility to Australia and Japan and it will go to more international markets through the ongoing quarter of 2017.
Commenting on the occasion, Gurpratap Boparai, CEO, Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL) said, “Our resolve has been to ensure timely delivery of a world class product, made in India, to Indians as well as our international customers. We had planned to start shipping the Jeep Compass in the fourth quarter of this calendar year and we are on track. Soon, our Made-in-India Jeep Compass will be seen on the roads in Australia and Japan, our first two right-hand drive export destinations. This is indeed a historic milestone for all of us at FIAPL.”
$280 million was committed towards the localisation of the Jeep Compass and was entirely invested in the Ranjangaon manufacturing facility, putting it on FCA’s global manufacturing map. Soon after the announcement FCA had rolled out the 2.0-litre, 173 PS, 350 Nm diesel 4x2 and 4x4 versions of the SUV. It has begun deliveries of the petrol dry dual clutch technology (DDCT), the seven-speed automatic transmission mated to the 1.4-litre, 162 PS, 250 Nm multi-air turbo petrol powertrain.
“We have added five more sales and service outlets since July taking our distribution reach now up to 55; closing this year with 60, as committed. We are looking forward to a strong 2018 when production will be at full pace delivering on target domestic and export numbers,” said Kevin Flynn, President and MD, FCA India.