28/01/2021

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Fiat Chrysler to invest $250 million in India unit to launch new SUVs, Auto News, ET Auto

FCA presently has much less than a one% share of India’s passenger auto sector. By...

FCA currently has less than a 1% share of India's passenger vehicle market.
FCA presently has much less than a one% share of India’s passenger auto sector.

By Aditi Shah

NEW DELHI – Fiat Chrysler Vehicles NV (FCA) mentioned on Tuesday it will spend $250 million to expand its existence in India with the start of four new activity-utility vehicles (SUVs) underneath its Jeep brand name above the upcoming two yrs.

The financial commitment will be manufactured to domestically manufacture a mid-size, a few-row SUV, assemble the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee vehicles in the region and start a new variation of its Jeep Compass SUV, FCA mentioned in a statement.

FCA presently has much less than a one% share of India’s passenger auto sector. Introducing new vehicles to its portfolio is anticipated to enable the automaker raise community sourcing of factors, accomplish better economies of scale, lessen costs and boost income.

“Our new financial commitment of $250 million will give us a competitive edge in several segments,” Partha Datta, managing director for FCA India mentioned in the statement, introducing that it is established to raise domestically-manufactured factors in its vehicles.

FCA’s a few-row SUV is anticipated to contend with Ford Motor’s Endeavour and Toyota Motor’s Fortuner SUVs.~

The financial commitment comes at a time when automakers globally have been battered by the pandemic, and automakers in India have been even further stung with the domestic sector slowing down even ahead of this in 2019.

Japan’s Honda Motor Co has been compelled to shutter just one of its two plants in the region, and General Motors very last thirty day period stopped generating automobiles in India for export immediately after ceasing domestic income in 2017.

India has also witnessed the entry of new automakers above the very last few of yrs such as South Korea’s Kia Motors and China’s SAIC Motor Corp.

FCA will make and assemble the new SUVs at its motor vehicle plant in western India, which it jointly owns with domestic automaker Tata Motors.

FCA’s a few-row SUV is anticipated to contend with Ford Motor’s Endeavour and Toyota Motor’s Fortuner SUVs.

The newest round usually takes FCA’s complete financial commitment in India to above $700 million, such as $one hundred fifty million in a new world wide tech centre.