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Journey, Cherokee to be made in China

by David Zatz on

2014 Jeep Cherokee

According to China Car Times, Fiat-China CEO Franco Amadei signed an agreement with Guangzhou Auto and the government of Hunan to bring 2014 Jeep Cherokee to the brand new Changsha plant, which was finished in late 2012. The plant currently makes just the Fiat Viaggio sedan, essentially a Dodge Dart with a less expensive suspension, but has the capacity to build 140,000 vehicles per year, at least double expected Viaggio volume.

The Fiat Freemont, a rebadged Dodge Journey, is also to be built in Changsha, according to the report; currently all Freemonts are built in Mexico.

The article noted that a Viaggio hatchback is due for Chinese production this year. An American Dodge Dart hatchback has been rumored as well.

Cherokee production in the United States is unlikely to be affected by this agreement. (Thanks, RVC)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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