FCA India has begun shipping right-hand drive units of the Made-in-India Jeep Compass as part of its export strategy, articulated during the SUV’s market launch in India three months ago. The company has shipped its very first batch of 600 units of the Jeep Compass from the Bombay Port Trust to Australia and Japan. The Ranjangaon-produced SUV with over 65% local content will go to more International markets through the ongoing quarter of 2017.
“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 Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL),” said Gurpratap Boparai, Chief Executive Officer, FIAPL.
The Ranjangaon manufacturing facility featured on FCA’s global manufacturing map as $280 million was committed towards the localisation of the Jeep Compass. Soon after the India price announcement FCA had rolled out the 2.0-litre, 173 PS, 350 Nm Diesel 4×2 and 4×4 versions of the Jeep Compass noting a higher demand, and has now begun deliveries of the Petrol DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Technology), the 7-speed automatic transmission mated to the 1.4-litre, 162 PS, 250 Nm Multi-Air Turbo Petrol powertrain.
“Our effort and intent has been to pace up our retail deliveries after the market launch, in time for the festive season, without losing sight of our exports for this year. We have added five more sales and service outlets since July taking our distribution reach now up to 55; closing this year with 60, as committed. We are looking forward to a strong 2018 when production will be at full pace delivering on target domestic and export numbers,” said Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India.