A “Baby Jeep” is headed to the U.S.
The first Jeep model built on a PSA Group platform following the company’s merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will start production in July 2022, Automotive News reports. The small sport utility vehicle, which will be built with PSA engines, will be followed by a sized-down Alfa Romeo crossover and a tiny Fiat, according to the news outlet.
PSA and FCA initially announced the $50 billion merger in 2019, a tie-up of two major manufacturers that produce some 5.4 million cars annually. That makes Stellantis, the new company officially formed in January, the world’s fourth-largest car auto manufacturer.
The two companies said when the deal was announced that they “share the conviction that there is compelling logic for a bold and decisive move that would create an industry leader with the scale, capabilities and resources to capture successfully the opportunities and manage effectively the challenges of the new era in mobility.”
The new Jeep is based on PSA’s Compact Modular Platform, according to Automotive News. That is likely to attract attention for industry observers curious to see how the merger turns out.
“A major reason behind the merger between PSA and FCA, completed last month, was the potential for billions in synergies among the two groups' brands, especially in Europe,” Automotive News’ Andrea Mala reports. “The CMP architecture underpins half a dozen vehicles from brands from the former PSA, including the Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa small cars, the Citroen C4 compact, and the DS 3 Crossback, Peugeot 2008 and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka small crossovers.”
Legal Protections for Owners With Car Defects
While the new Jeep is a sign of more fresh offerings to come from Stellantis, it arrives as the world’s biggest carmakers still struggle to put cars on the road that are safe to drive.
Last year, for example, FCA recalled some 34,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that the company said could cause engine fires.
Fortunately, California’s lemon law offers some valuable protections for car owners and lessors in the Golden State. The law requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces the manufacturer to buy back - or, in some cases, replace - vehicles that the company is unable or refuses to fix.
Speak With a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. An attorney can ensure you understand your rights and help you explore your options to make the manufacturer responsible for the defective vehicle.
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