BEIJING – Chrysler-Dodge has obtained a production license from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to produce a Caravan for the first time in China, according to a NDRC announcement August 3.
“If everything goes smoothly, sales of Chrysler-Dodge cars made in China will be launched in the last quarter of this year,” said an official from Southeast (Fujian) Motor Co., Ltd. (Southeast Motor), Chrysler’s partner based in Fujian Province, according to Shanghai Securities News.
Southeast Motor will also be responsible for the sales of Chrysler-Dodge products.
A total of 14 automakers and 26 car models were listed in the No. 147 NDRC production approval announcement of car, motorcycle, three-wheel vehicle and low speed truck. Seven automakers included in that are domestic automakers with 16 car models approved, and seven are Sino-foreign partnerships, with 10 car models approved.
The Caravan, a mini passenger van launched in 1983, has been a best selling model in North America.
According to Chrysler, the Avenger and the Caliber are two imported models planned to be introduced in China in 2008. The Avenger is a mid segment sedan while the Caliber is a compact sedan.