• Oct 8, 2008
One of Chrysler's long term success trategies is to partner with as many other automakers as possible to share the burden of developing new cars that would otherwise sink the Auburn Hills-based company if it were forced to go it alone. For the longest time we've known that the Pentastar was in talks with various Chinese automakers to develop a small car, and so far the only fruit of that is a rebadged version of the Chery A1 called the Dodge Breeze that's been spied out and about. China Car Times is now reporting that Chrysler and Great Wall may be working together on a car that would be produced by the Chinese automaker and sold around the world as a rebadged Chrysler. The U.S. automaker has reportedly sent engineers to China to help develop the car and ensure it's up to the world standards for safety and emissions. We don't yet know if the two companies are working on an all new vehicle that might be inspired by the Dodge Hornet concept or will use an existing one in Great Wall's lineup, though more than a few of its cars on sale in China come dangerously close to being clones of other cars like the Scion xB, Opel Astra and Fiat Panda. Check out Great Wall's full line-up and let us know what vehicle you think could wear the Pentastar badge proudly.

[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey.. that thing doesn't look too bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After reviewing Great Wall's line up, talk about clone country!

      But of all the models shown I kinda like the I-7.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would never ever buy a car that was made or engineered in China! I don't give a damn whose name is on it. China is where the US and other countries went to get cheap crap to sell to their populations, now they expect people to shell out thousands of dollars for cheap crappy cars. Frak that!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cerberus is preparing the sale of Dodge brand to Chinese by reselling Chinese cars under Dodge brand. This guarantees that there would be a number of Chinese bidders when Dodge brand is put on auction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chinese Dodge. That's going to help its sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler is well known for its quality cars, no doubt about it. Partnering with Great Wall may help rebuilding the image.

      If lead paint didn't poison you and you were fortunate to escape an accident ('cause if you get into one that "barely made 1 star on crash test" wouldn't save ya), it will probably start losing parts even before warranty expires, falling completely apart within 3-4 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        'The U.S. automaker has reportedly sent engineers to China to help develop the car and ensure it's up to the world standards for safety and emissions.'
      • 6 Years Ago
      FYI, Great Wall pictured in the article is already banned in Europe as being a Fiat clone.

      Great Wall in the US will share same fate unless drastically modified..
      • 6 Years Ago
      YES, another stupid move for chrysler! gonna tank sooner then i thought.
      TJ -we all read it, your US engineers arent going to matter squat when it comes to bean counters and the corner cutters. as in the past US input has nothing to do with what comes out of China. your talking about a communist country that doesnt require seatbelts, and poisons its own food supply repeatedly, in hopes of saving a nickel and decieving public long enough to get away with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don´t know whose worst, Wreat Wall for copying all those toyotas, and fiat cars, or Chrysler for being so cheap that they have to work with them to make their own recycled toyota-fiat car, without dealing with the real makers of those cars.

      I think it´s Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Does Chrysler have a suicide wish?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Judik Zik.

        Engineers don't design cars. If that were the case, cars would only have ugly-functional designs. Car/industrial designers design cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ TJ

        > Do you have a reading comprehension problem?

        No, you don't understand how this kind of outsourcing deal works. Chrysler may have sent a few engineers as consultants, but the actual "engineering"(If you can call it that) is done by Chinese.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This sounds wonderful. Chrysler could certainly use a small car right now.

        Except. Chrysler engineers haven't exactly been blowing us away with their designs lately. On top of that their best people will be busy trying to get the Sebring and 300 redesigns done. So we are to believe that a team of their second string talent is going to head to China and magically raise their design and production standards in time to get this vehicle to market while it still matters?

        At best I would hope they can get something pretty low tech (think Aveo) to market for a rock bottom price. With Dodge styling it could sell well in the upcoming economic climate. After all Pony's, Lada's and Yugo's sold in the early 80's because the economy was bad and people wanted something cheap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, it will be restyled...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dodge partners the Chinese is all good. Just make sure it's "melamine free"... ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Friko

        I wasn't talking about styling. The Sebring isn't just an ugly car to look at it is an ugly car to drive with poor handling and steering and much touted new features like the beverage chiller on the Caliber turned out to be pretty useless. Also Chrysler is one of the only automakers to not have a SINGLE model listed as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. This is all completely related to engineering.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We engineers can only do what the financial people and executives allow us to do. If engineers and designers were given the proper resources things would be a lot better. And the suspension is bad on the Sebring, but I've heard good things about the Journey, which is basically the same under neither. That's thanks to executives who drive it say it needs to be like this or that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought they were in talks with Nissan/Renault?

      The new Megane could make a very nice Chrysler. Even after the horrid years of the Fuego and Le Car I'd think American buyers would trust a French Connection over a China Syndrome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My guess is that these will be for markets outside North America. Chrysler's trying to build their brand their. Not this is probably a very good way to do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ha! Or in time a China Crisis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hornet will be built by Nissan off Versa.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sort of idea isn't really totally unexpected. Companies are already farming out design, engineering, programing, and other technical work to India and China. It's just Chrysler's getting a major jump on it for overall vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What happened to the dodge hornet. If we had that car here now it would sell tons. A cool more masculine replacement for the whole the xB left in the market. and Btw that car pictured there is exactly a 1st gen xB with a different nose and mirrors.
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