Jeep could import to the United States vehicles made by Fiat in Europe if demand in the U.S. market continues to grow, CEO Sergio Marchionne announced.
Fiat Chrysler CEO said that if the U.S. market returns to 14-15 million sales a year, Chrysler will need a more building capacity. „We’re looking for other sources,” Marchionne was quoted as saying by the Inside Line, adding that people have underestimated the impact of Chrysler’s recent production cuts.
“Sufficient capacity has been taken out in the U.S. that only two-thirds of the capacity is left. We can offer European capacity to Chrysler as long as it is not economically disadvantaged by this. C-, D- and B-segment models are indifferent to U.S. or European supply,” Marchionne added.
He stressed that Jeep and Alfa Romeo are the only international brands in the Fiat-Chrysler portfolio, apart from Ferrari and Maserati. The CEO believes Jeep must continue to present itself as American, with the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee being the most representative models.
Both will continue to be built only in the U.S., but other models, such as the Compass, Liberty, Patriot and the future B-segment model could be assembled at Fiat plants then shipped to the U.S. Marchionne said such a plant could be the Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy.