Part of the company’s strategy that was outlined in the last quarter,the first batch of Jeep Compass exports from India is a sizeable consignment of 600 units that headed out from Bombay Port Trust facility to Australia and Japan.
Manufactured at the Ranjangaon plan Jeep shares with Tata Motors, localisation content on Jeep Compass exceeds 65 percent. With Jeep Compass exports underway, FCA India will add to its list of international markets during Q4 2017.
Gurpratap Boparai – Chief Executive Officer, Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL) says, “Our resolve has been to ensure timely delivery of a world class product, made in India, to Indian as well as our International customers. We had planned to start shipping the India-made Jeep® Compass in the fourth quarter of this calendar year and we are on track. Soon, our Made-in-India Jeep® Compass will be seen on the roads in Australia and Japan, our first two right-hand drive export destinations. This is indeed a historic milestone for all of us at FIAPL.”
FCA India now operates a network of 55 sales and service outlets, and has a target of 60 outlets by 2017 end. FCA has committed $280 million towards localisation of Jeep Compass manufactured in India. While delivery of 2.0-litre, 173 PS, 350 Nm diesel 4×2 and 4×4 versionswere the first to be dispatched, delivery of petrol DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Technology), 7-speed automatic transmission mated to the 1.4-litre, 162 PS, 250 Nm Multi-Air Turbo powertrain have also begun now. In all, three trims and 10 variants are being sold now.
Kevin Flynn – President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “The Jeep Compass has gained impressive traction in India since the price announcement and we are enjoying continued momentum with growing interest as the Compass is now being regularly seen on Indian roads. We are looking forward to a strong 2018 when production will be at full pace delivering on target domestic and export numbers.