Fiat confirms 11 new cars for India by 2018: Punto facelift revealed
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group’s future in India is ambitious as the company revealed extensive plans for the coming five years. The Italian-American auto manufacturer wishes to extend its reach in India over next 5 years with a host of new launches and extensive dealerships from a current count of 100 to 220 by 2018.
Out of 11 models to be introduced into India in a phased manner, the company will locally manufacture nine models while two models will be imported. The first car up for launch is the Fiat Punto facelift, which is revealed in the image above. After this, Fiat will launch Avventura SUV and Abarth 500 later this year.
Speaking about the Jeep brand, which was expected to be launched in 2013, Fiat Chrysler have now stated that Jeep brand will be launched in India by early 2015. Apart from this, Abarth brand will make its entry into India during the current year in the form of Abarth 500.
The year 2015 will see launch of Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Abarth Punto models out of which Grand Cherokee and Abarth Punto will be manufactured from Fiat plant in Ranjangaon near Pune. Wrangler on the other hand will be imported into the country as a CBU.
For a later date, a refreshed Avventura and mini SUV will be launched in 2016 and produced from the company plant in Pune while in 2017 the new Fiat Punto and Grand Sienna will be launched along with new Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.
Fiat also wishes to augment its production operations in the country while increasing employee count two fold from a current count of 2,250 employees. By 2018, Fiat aspires to increase production at the Ranjangaon facility from a current 1,35,000 units to 2,45,000 units. The company is also keen to increase employee count from 2,250 to 5,000 while dealerships which currently stand at 100 will be increased to 220 by 2018.