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Chery officials say the pause in their discussion with Chrysler was so the Chinese company could get a better idea of the American's future. Now that Cerberus has taken over, Chery sees the coming years filled with puppy dogs and lollipops.
And in their giddiness, someone at Chery leaked a few details of the project to Automotive News. Chery will build two cars for Chrysler, to be sold under the Chrysler brand. Chery is already building one of the two in China (possibly the A1?), but for Chrysler it will be shipped in kit form to South America where it will be assembled for that market.

The other Chery-built car will, in fact, be the Hornet, according to AN's anonymous sources. The car will be based on Dodge's show car, but engineering will be handled by Chery in China. Hornet production could begin as soon as 2010.

It's good to see these two playing nice again, even better to hear the Hornet may actually reach production.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dr. Phil, looking at what/how you wrote your comment. I think your ignorance speaks for itself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The competition - mini, new beetle, xB, etc - will be moving on to their 3rd generations of their little niche hip cars by the time the Hornet ever sets rubber to pavement.

      And people thought GM was late to the party with the HHR compared to the PT Cruiser

      • 8 Years Ago
      This model is for sure will be made in Chery plant, but seems the engineering will be handled by Chrysler!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I sure hope these things will be high quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whatever car is in that picture is the ugliest car I've ever seen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they do not call it the Hornet. That name was on two pretty good cars in the past. I hope they don't stain it on a low quality car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I mean if anyone here read Chery's history, you will see that Chery is really determined when it comes to quality, it hired Japanese engineers, it is one of 5 car companies in the world to possess a very advanced painting system, it has one of the world most advanced quality control system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's nice to see two 3rd world manufactures joined together to produce a high quality car. :) did I say "high"? I meant "really crappy"... :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Production WILL BEGIN in 2010? hahaha Everything about that car will be outdated and the design will still be ugly. Chrysler is still heading downwards it seems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And c'mon! The Hornet concept is the shiznit!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone know where the Chery came from ? Ask a GM engineer. It was stolen from there designs by the Chinese for a vehicle they were building in China. GM spent the money and China went down the down the road to build the same car with one of there companies. Dance with the devil....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe Chrysler would sell more if they stopped styling their products like circus clown cars.
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