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Compass, Chrysler 100 to be imports?

by David Zatz on

Several reports have now come in claiming that the next Jeep Compass and Chrysler 100, which share a platform, will both be made in Brazil — and may be exported from the massive factory there to the United States.

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This conflicts with other reports which peg them as being made in various plants from Toluca, Mexico, to the current Toledo Supplier Park.

While FCA US provided the United Auto Workers with a list of United States plant changes, the products were not mentioned by name, and no plants outside the United States were mentioned at all.  The Chrysler 100 and Jeep Compass could also be made at the Melfi, Italy plant which makes the Jeep Renegade, but this seems unlikely given the expected volume of the pair.

2016 Jeep Compass

The Chrysler 100 is to be smaller than the Dodge Dart, and is expected to essentially replace it eventually, when the Dart becomes more muscular and fits more easily into a niche, rather than trying to fit into every large-compact category at once. The Compass is likely to be similar in size to the Renegade, but have more of a Grand Cherokee look (as the current Compass does) and be tailored more to American tastes than the internationally-flavored Renegade.

Part of the confusion arises from a rotation of product among assembly plants, both to match products to plants of appropriate capacity, and to modernize without losing production of key cars and trucks.

At this point, the point of production remains a question mark.

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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