Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun production of the Jeep Renegade at its Guangzhou plant in China.
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Fiat Chrysler's second locally produced Jeep vehicle and follows the launch of the Cherokee SUV in October.
The Guangzhou plant, which has the capacity to produce 160,000 vehicles a year, is a joint venture between Fiat Chrysler and China's Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Fiat Chrysler aims to double Jeep's global sales by 2018, hoping to cash in on a strong demand for SUVs in emerging markets.
The company said in July it would invest $280 million to produce Jeep vehicles in India from 2017 through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors.
Jeep's global sales totaled 1.24 million vehicles in 2015, up 22 percent from the previous year.