The Jeep Renegade officially entered production today at Fiat Chrysler’s new Jeep plant in Guangzhou, China, the automaker has announced. The Renegade is the second model to go into production locally in China in recent times, with the first Jeep Cherokees rolling off FCA’S Changsha plant on October 19, 2015.
“Today is an important step in our strategy to expand the Jeep brand’s global presence and, equally important, it represents a further strengthening of the joint enterprise with our respected and valuable partner here in China, the GAC Group,” Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, said in a prepared statement.
Chinese Renegade production is the result of a joint venture between FCA and Chinese automaker GAC Group. FCA’s Guangzhou plant is located within the GAC Group’s manufacturing base and was built to produce a maximum of 160,000 vehicles per year.
FCA says the launch of the Guangzhou plant “not only indicates a solid foundation for the long-term development of GAC FCA in China, but also sets a WCM (World Class Manufacturing) example for China’s manufacturing industry.” Sales of the Renegade will begin in China later this month.