Shipping of the right-hand drive units of the made-in-India Jeep Compass has begun, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India said on Wednesday. It has already shipped its first batch of 600 units to Japan and Australia.
The American Automaker Jeep has selected only four countries including India where the Jeep Compass will be manufactured. The other three countries are Brazil, China and Mexico.
Moreover, the FCA group has planned to sell Compass in more than 100 countries. Talking about the right-hand drive variant, India’s Ranjangaon plant near Pune will be the sole exporter across the world.
"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," Gurpratap Boparai, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL), said.
The FCA India has gained its market share in the country after the launch of Jeep Compass. In the third quarter (August to September) of the year, the company has sold over 5,000 units.
"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," Kevin Flynn - President and Managing Director, FCA India said.