Words by Shubham Choukse
With over 10,000 bookings received in the first quarter of its launch, the Jeep Compass has proved great success for FCA in India. The Compass is a global product and now the company has started exporting the ‘Made in India’ Compass to other right-hand-drive markets too. The company recently shipped the first batch of 600 units of the Jeep Compass to Australia and Japan from Bombay Port Trust Ltd.
“The Jeep Compass has gained impressive traction in India since the price announcement and we are enjoying continued momentum with growing interest as the Compass is now being regularly seen on Indian roads. Our effort and intent has been to pace up our retail deliveries after the market launch, in time for the festive season, without losing sight of our exports for this year. We have added five more sales and service outlets since July taking our distribution reach now up to 55; closing this year with 60, as committed. We are looking forward to a strong 2018 when production will be at full pace delivering on target domestic and export numbers,” said Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India.
FCA manufactures the Jeep Compass at its Ranjangaon facility near Pune in Maharashtra. The Jeep Compass in India is offered with a choice of either a 170bhp, 2-litre diesel or a 160bhp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor.