Chrysler Group, now under the control of Italy’s Fiat, has renewed its search for a manufacturing partner in China, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. Representatives from Fiat and Chrysler have been in discussions with Chinese automakers about manufacturing a vehicle based on the Chrysler platform for the Chinese market. Chrysler has expressed interest in finding a manufacturing partner for its “C-platform” which is used to manufacture the Jeep Compass, Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot. Chrysler currently sells four Jeep models in China, all of which are imported from North America. Fiat’s joint venture partner Guangzhou Auto is said to be one of the Chinese manufacturers contacted. Chrysler has also reached out to Hunan-province based Changfeng Auto about selling engine models to the Chinese SUV maker or having Changfeng start production of a Chrysler model.
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