Jeep is heavily betting on it’s latest SUV Compass and this is also the first locally-manufacturer SUV from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The first Jeep Compass rolled out of the assembly line at the Ranjangaon Plant. The Ranjangaon will not only serve the demands of Indian consumers, but all the Right-hand-drive Jeep Compass in the world will be made in India.
Senior government officials and company leaders attended the roll-off ceremony, including Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra; Paul Alcala, FCA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the APAC region, non-China; Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director of FCA India; Gurpratap Boparai, CEO of FIAPL and Shri Girish Bapat, Guardian Minister of Pune.
“The establishment of manufacturing operations and start of production of the Jeep Compass is an important milestone for our journey in India,” said Paul Alcala. “The Compass will be the first ‘Made in India’ Jeep vehicle, and we are appreciative of the Government’s efforts to make India a desirable manufacturing destination for multi-national organisations, such as ours. With the start of production and an investment of US$280 million in the Jeep Compass localisation, we are reaffirming our commitment to Indian consumers and our long-term presence in the country.”
The company is very proud to implement World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a structured and rigorous production system that encompasses all plant processes. This process emphasises on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organised way.
“To be part of the development of Jeep Compass and witness its roll out for the first time brings us a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction,” said Gurpratap Boparai. “The build quality we have achieved in the development stage of the Compass is truly world class and is an example of superior technological and manufacturing excellence. We are immensely proud that Indian customers can soon own a locally-made Jeep SUV that is built to the highest quality standards.”
When will it arrive in showrooms? The Jeep Compass will go into full production next month in July. Therefore, the cars should reach dealers by the third quarter of 2017.