Fiat India did not produce a single car at Pune plant in December 2016
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Fiat India did not produce a single car at Pune plant in December 2016

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The effects of demonetization can be felt across the auto industry with December sales way below expectations causing much upheaval throughout the segment. Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Ranjangaon plant, from where the Jeep Compass SUV is set to be produced later this year, has been in shut down mode during the past month as not a single car was produced from the plant in Dec 2016.

Fiat India produced 1,276 units during October – November 2016, hoping that the festive season will bring in more sales. But that was not the case. This led to overstocking at company dealerships forcing the company to take the stand of shutting production at the Ranjangaon plant in December 2016.

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Fiat sells the Punto, Linea, Avventura and Abarth 595 in India as of now. Earlier this month, they announced a huge price cut of up to INR 77,000 with the Linea and Punto range. They will soon commence production of the Jeep Compass SUV at the plant. It was back in October 2014, when Rushlane had first reported about Fiat India’s plans of starting local production of Jeep at their plant in Ranjangaon near Pune.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India will be producing the new 2017 Jeep Compass compact SUV from their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra, India, besides from plants across China, Brazil and Mexico.

2017 Jeep Compass, was showcased at the LA Auto Show and is set to make its presence felt in India by mid-2017. FCA is offering the new 2017 Jeep Compass in four different trim configurations – Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. It comes in packed with 70 advanced safety and security features and receives a premium and authentic Jeep design.

The 4×4 offroader will be presented with independent suspension, Frequency Selective Damping and precise electric power steering. It gets a total of 5 engines of which 3 are gasoline and 2 are diesel engines while India will get 1 petrol and 1 diesel engine mated to both manual and automatic transmission options.

Exteriors of the 2017 Jeep Compass boasts of clamshell hood and individual chrome grille in a Gloss Black color. Headlamp bezels are also in black while trapezoidal wheel arches will also be evident. Interiors will spell class and comfort. The driver’s cockpit will sport a 3.5” or 7” LED driver information display unit, steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls along with 4th generation Uconnect system with touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Built in four countries of India, China, Brazil and Mexico for buyers across 100 countries the globe, FCA will launch the 2017 Jeep Compass in India in mid 2017 where it will be offered in three trim configurations. Pricing is not announced as on date and could be revealed closer to launch in the country.

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