Chrysler has not signed a deal with Fiat‘s Chinese partner Guangzhou Auto to produce Jeeps in China, a Chrysler spokesman said on Tuesday, after local media reported there had been an agreement.


“There’s a lot of interest in the Chinese market, but up to now there’s been no deal of this kind signed,” the spokesman told Reuters.


Italian news agency ANSA had reported that Chrysler had signed the deal for Jeeps, quoting Chinese publication Time Weekly. Jeeps have previously been built in China by the Beijing Jeep Corporation joint venture established in 1983 following lengthy negotiations begun by former Jeep brand owner American Motors.


Chrysler sedans and minivans have subsequently been built there in other JV deals and Fiat last month agreed a deal with Guangzhou Auto to produce cars in a new JV.


China was Chrysler’s top market in the Asia Pacific region last month with 2,644 units sold, up 56% year on year.