Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group is looking to Fiat Chrysler to help it enter the American market and sell its cars in the region, Reuters reports.
FCA is currently in a partnership with Guangzhou in China that enables the London-based automaker to manufacture cars in the country. Guangzhou’s GAC Motor last year said it would like to enter the U.S. market by 2016, and is now looking for FCA to reciprocate the support it showed them in China.
“Chrysler’s development in China required our support,” GAC General Manager Wu Song told Reuters at the Shanghai Motor Show. “Now for GAC Motor’s development in the U.S. we also hope for Chrysler’s support and help.”
Wu apparently did not specify what type of help they are looking for from FCA and and a spokesperson from FCA declined to comment on the matter. GAC Motor is reportedly in talks with dealership partners in the U.S. but has not yet conducted road tests there – one of the major factors in entering the U.S. market.
Slow sales in regions such as Russia and the Middle East, along with a downturn in car sales in China as well, have taken a toll on Chinese automakers. GAC is interested in the U.S., but with a struggling local market, Wu said his company is still mostly focusing on mainland China.
“Sudden price cuts have messed up the whole (Chinese) market, so at this time we have to invest a lot of energy determining the brand’s next strategic steps to protect our position,” Wu told Reuters. “We must not be distracted.”