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Old 29th October 2016, 20:41   #2356
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Au contraire: they'll be delighted to. The margins for them per sale and per service on a JEEP, whether the hyper-taxed cbu imports like the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee or the localized new Compass (2017) and Renegade-like b-suv (that will follow presumably in 2018?) will be SO much higher. Or so one supposes, logically?

The size, location, look and feel of at least these new metro/biggest-city JEEP dealerships do also, on first impression, enable the addition later of say the new Alfa Romeo-s and/or Chryslers? i.e., again, good for the new dealers: small sales numbers but vastly higher margins, no? Like say BMW or JLR or Volvo dealers in India currently, in other words, with JEEPs providing the meat of the sales and service numbers/margins.

As for the current FIAT and soon-to-be combined-with and upgraded-to JEEP ones in some of the smaller cities, in 2017, they'll also be on a vastly better financial footing as a result of the Jeep sales which, after all, will easily match or outdo-by-plenty their (in most cases) tiny, low-margin sales of the FIAT Punto, Linea, Avventura and Abarths.

The real question and doubt, then, i have is different: will FCA and especially its Jeep or 'combined' fewer and newer/upgraded dealers/ASS-centres need FIAT-brand sales in the future in the first place, for minimally-profitable sustainability in India?

If JEEP sales, especially of the localized c-suv/newCompass and the b-suv, are good-margin-and-even-barely-decent: does that make it more or, instead, less likely that FCA will pursue FIAT in India into a next-generation of the Punto, a Linea-replacement, etc, come say 2018/19?

Rather than withdraw the brand from India, after all, focussing completely on engines, Jeeps, Jeep exports, and maybe future cbu or ckd sales of say Alfa Romeo-s or say Chrysler hybridsin the biggest cities?

The increase by FCA recently in the number of non-dealer, third-party yet 'offical' FIATass small centres in many places does point, imo, to the whole question of any next-gen FIAT models to replace the Punto, Linea and Avventura AT ALL being very open rather than just a late/delayed 'given' once they're done with the JEEP launches?

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Old 10th November 2016, 23:03   #2357
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Finally, Mumbai showroom confirmed by Fiat in it's FB page. Fiat-Abarth-Jeep.

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JEEP/FCA, being such a diesel-centric firm+brands (in India, especially: the 2 litre mjd2 is being localized) have some rather unpropitious timing, what with the diesel emission blues affecting all firms, given the ngt+dilli air-quality-emergency etc. Foreseeably: this issue is not going away at all.

They'd be well-advised, then, to focus as-much or even-more on the t-jet turbopetrol versions for their upcoming and future models (in different tunes/turbo-formats), as also soon-enough (by 2018?) on some mild-hybrid versions for some of the higher-priced JEEPs that they will assemble/make here (including for export.)
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Unconfirmed news: Fiat is coming up with a service only facility at Wagholi
A new FASC is now open for Pune at Wagholi. Not yet updated in Fiat website but I checked with the number given. Very close to my residence.

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