• Jun 6, 2007

The Dodge Hornet is about to be officially a go. Dodge's Euro B-segment entrant will be produced with Chinese automaker Chery, and won't have a Chrysler-branded counterpart. The show car, from the 2006 Geneva show, had a supercharged 4-cylinder with 170 hp, and got to 60 in 6.7 seconds. Autocar believes the production version may bow as early as this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, though we think that's a bit optimistic.

The good thing is that the Hornet's impending production is part of Chrysler's 3-year, $3-billion product renewal program, which has been "confirmed" since Cerberus bought the company. Though it will likely debut at a European auto show, we have high hopes that Chrysler will bring its Chinese-built B-car to the U.S., as well.

[Source: Autocar]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      well Dodge needs a small car. The Caliber is too big to fit in that segment. I guess we will see how well a Chinese-built car will sell or compete.

      Rob
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      • 7 Years Ago
      By the time this thing reaches production, no one will even care about it. The market will literally be flooded with B-segment cars by that time. Ford, Suzuki, GM and Nissan all have confirmed models that should be appearing by 2010. The hornet is going to look old by the time it reaches the showroom.

      Chrysler has gotten into a bad habit of stalling production of cars that were very well received. WTF ever happened to the razor?
      • 7 Years Ago
      HEMI HORNET!!

      Speaking of geniuses. Please have some insane genius install a Hemi or Hemi SRT8 in this thing.

      Hey Dodge, what do ya think?

      Performance would well be under 5 secs from 0 - 60. And to couple the acceleration performance with braking, install some massive 14/15" rotors with Brembo/Porsche/Baer brake system. Come on Monster Miata guys or Chip Foose or whoever!

      DC
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the Chinese make better automobiles than they do toothpaste.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Chinese Chrysler-badged car is going to work wonders for the image! Genious! So, when is Chery (the Chinese Government) going to buy Chrysler - or have they already?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The suicide passenger doors reminds me of the element - which I hated.

      I can hear the loud exhausts zooming by while I walk on the streets already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the car the should have replaced the Neon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about stabbing the American auto worker in the back!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Made in China? Will warranty on it exceed 5K or a box of spare parts will come with every new car sold?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where are the hybrid passenger cars Chrysler? I'm not talking about pickup trucks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to the San Jose Mercury News the car (Hornet) is NOT going to be built.

      11/3 paper
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, Dodge took an ugly Scion and made it even uglier.
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