dude, do you really want to get in a debate regarding this? Twenty eight years working direct for Chrysler - it is safe to assume I know my stuff. So, if you read my post, you will notice I indicated the Jeep Cherokee AND all Dodge, Chrysler and Ram products are DESIGNED and Engineered in the USA. Unless my eyes deceive me, I see all Jeep vehicles being styled in the design studios where not one Fiat employee is present. With Sergio Marchionne gone, FCA's CEO is Mike Manley who was a Chrysler employee before FCA. Parts are sourced from various suppliers all over the world. Many of these suppliers supply parts for the Asian brands, German brands and the other domestic manufacturers. The only in house parts built by Chrysler are Engines, Drive Trains and BIW parts. Many of the parts used in the drivetrains and engine are sourced parts. Most of the body panels and sheet metal structure are also in house but, lately, suppliers are coming onboard to build sub assemblies such as hydro form front end modules and underbody ladder systems.
YES, the Jeep Compass shares a platform with the Fiat 500. Sharing platforms is crucial. For example, the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer share the same platform as the new Ram. The Wagoneer will be offered in two wheelbases: short and long. But, and I will say this again slowly. All Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles are designed and engineered in the USA at the Chrysler Tech Center. The Compass is built in Mexico for the US market and also built in Eastern Europe for the European market. The Cherokee is built in Belvidere, ILL. The Grand Cherokee and Durango, both share the same platform (Also shared by Mercedes as this platform was developed during the DaimlerChrysler days) are built in Detroit, MI.
As for the bankruptcy: The US Government and Auto Task Force provided Chrysler with funding providing Chrysler receives new management. Fiat came in and created a new management team. sadly, no other auto company wanted Chrysler. Had Fiat not come in to take over, Chrysler would be dead. Additionally, many parties had to take a "haircut" including the UAW. Had the UAW not accepted concession when the contract was reopened, Fiat would not come aboard. However, they did not disrupt Chrysler engineering and styling. What they did was create synergies so both companies could share platforms and suppliers. Fiat DID NOT BUY CHRYSLER. However, years ago, Chrysler bought AMC which included Jeep and AMC. Chrysler quickly dismantled AMC and created the Eagle brand. Eagle, along with Plymouth are now history.
Shall I go on or will you accept you have just been schooled? I walk in to the Chrysler Tech Center every morning; I doubt you can compete with that.
Last edited by Guvnor64; 10-07-2018 at 11:25 PM.