The new Jeep Cherokee, which Chinese car buyers find ugly too, will have its China-debut on the Shanghai Auto Show next week. Its Chinese name is Ziyou Guan, 自由光. Interestingly, ‘Ziyou’ means ‘liberty’, as in ‘Jeep Liberty’, the predecessor of the new Cherokee, which was never sold in China.
Guan means ‘light (of the sun)’, bringing the meaning of the whole name to a poetic ‘Liberty Light’. The good old Jeep Cherokee XJ, which was made in China by the Beijing-Jeep joint venture, was simply called Qinuoji, which was a meaningless phonetic translation of ‘Cherokee’.
Fiat seems to be working on a wagon-version of the Fiat Viaggio sedan, which is basically the same car as the American Dodge Dart. A drawing that popped up on the Chinese interwebs, likely leaked from a Fiat-product presentation, shows a sleek looking wagon-like bodywork. Not for luggage, all for style, which might appeal very well to young ‘n hip Chinese car buyers.
Guangzhou-Fiat has appointed a new general manager, John Burton, as of March 1 replacing Jack Cheng. Burton has nearly 20 years of experience under his belt running plants for General Motors in Poland, Germany and Britain. Most recently, he was in charge of green field projects for GM in Detroit.
The new Jeep Cherokee sent the interwebs into a frenzy, the new design is extremely polarizing with most people hating it. Autoblog.com received a record 877 comments on their first story on the new Cherokee, Jalopnik got 554 comments, MotorTrend 136 and TTAC deleted their first article because they were afraid of Chrysler’s embargo.
New spy shots from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee testing in China. The 2014 Cherokee is the successor of the Jeep Liberty, which was the successor of the original Cherokee. The new Cherokee is based on the platform that also underpins the Dodge Dart and the China-made Fiat Viaggio.
The first spy shot of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee testing in China. The 2014 Cherokee is the successor of the Jeep Liberty, which was the successor of the original Cherokee. The new Cherokee is based on the platform that also underpins the Dodge Dart and the China-made Fiat Viaggio.
The 2014 Cherokee will be made in the US and in China. Production in the US will start this spring. Production in China is expected to start late next year at the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture, until then the Cherokee will be imported from the US.
Guangzhou Automobile Group has signed an agreement with Italian manufacturer Fiat SpA and its Chrysler Group LLC subsidiary to build and sell more vehicles, including Jeeps, in China. The companies said their deal was signed at Chrysler’s headquarters in Detroit on Tuesday, during the North American International Auto Show.
Fiat and Chrysler Group said today that they have reached an agreement with Guangzhou Automobile Group to build Jeeps in China for sale to Chinese consumers, the Jeeps will be made by the existing Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture. Under the agreement with Guangzhou, Fiat and the Chinese automaker hope to begin building a compact Jeep SUV in China for Chrysler for sale in China.
Fiat has applied for patent for the Chinese auto market on the Fiat Panda and Fiat Panda 4×4. This means the Panda is on its way to China, where it for its name alone kinda belongs. The Fiat Panda will be made in China by the new Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture.
The Fiat Viaggio has been launched on the Chinese auto market, price starts at 108.800 yuan and ends at 158.800 yuan (17.220 – 25.134 USD) The Viaggio is made in China by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture, it debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show. Next up is a hatchback based on the Viaggio sedan.