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    Jeep Is Still Interested In A Sub-Renegade Crossover

      An even smaller Jeep?!

    Jeep's boss Mike Manley told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that the brand is looking 'very closely' at building a crossover smaller than the Renegade. The model would be targeted at markets like Europe where small cars are dominate. 

    If given the go-ahead, the new Jeep would be based on FCA’s Mini platform that underpins the Fiat 500 and Panda. Production could take place in Pomigliano, Italy. One issue that needs to be addressed before a decision is made is making sure the model is capable off-road like other Jeep models.

    According to supplier sources, FCA has been talking about possibly producing this model. However, the project has suffered many stop and starts.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)



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    Since this is not a politics or economics forum, it suffices to say the automotive market is different in different countries and regions.   Automakers will make product catered to the realities of each country/region, but obviously within the context of building globally sellable product.  

    Back on topic, the idea of a very tiny Jeep is not without precedent, look at the CJ--the original Jeeps were very tiny compared to the Wrangler and larger models. 

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    While a sub-sub compact vehicle may well sell there, that's a different point to mine.
    Googling images of Rome traffic clearly show a very comparable mix of vehicles to the US: sedans, CUVs, minivans, cargo vans, and plenty of full-size city buses. I called out that the Italy-built Renegade is NOT too big for European streets in general, and it's definitely not.

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    10 minutes ago, balthazar said:

     I called out that the Italy-built Renegade is NOT too big for European streets in general, and it's definitely not.

    No one said it was too big.   And the mix of vehicles is different--US style full size trucks and full size SUVs are very, very rare in Europe.. trucks seem to be mostly for commercial use.  

     Google images won't give you the full picture, go spend a week in Rome or Milan like I did to see the reality in context.  Interesting places.  They still have station wagons, for instance, and lots of little MPVs (mini-minivans).  Trucks and vans tend to be white and diesel, and for commercial use.  

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    We're still addressing 2 different points.

    I guess I interpreted that the Renegade was 'too big' from the O/P - it's so small as it is, it's hard to imagine anyone choosing to go even smaller.

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