• Aug 27, 2009
2006 Dodge Hornet concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Over the past couple of years, Chrysler has been in discussion with seemingly every carmaker in the world about some sort of tie-up to achieve some particular end. Before it was battling for its very survival, it was in serious talks with Chinese automaker Chery about building a car or two, including a vehicle based on the 2006 Hornet concept car (pictured) and the A1. Fast forward to today, when everything has fallen away – including its collaboration with Nissan – and now news agency Reuters says that Chrysler and Fiat are headed back to the People's Republic.

Neither company has any noteworthy presence in China, a situation that both companies are desperate to change. According to Reuters, they want to find a Chinese maker to build something on Chrysler's C Platform, which underpins the Jeep Compass and Patriot, and Dodge Caliber.

Chrysler currently exports ten of its models to to China. Fiat has a partnership with Chinese car company Guangzhou – which, in turn, is also allied with Honda and Toyota – to build a factory where Guangzhou will build cars on Fiat platforms. Guangzhou is a company that Chrysler has already approached, and the easiest route appears to be to simply expand the partnership via Fiat. No matter how it gets done, just give us a Hornet that looks like a Hornet... and not an A1.



[Source: Reuters]


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      katatonics
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Hornet concept car is the epitome of everything Chrysler has done wrong. It is a great looking, relevant small car...and it's just a concept. That may be given to China.

      And for those saying Chinese anything will face bad press in the U.S., I call bullocks. The U.S. is quite taken with Korean built automobiles now, so why not Chinese.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah they are the slut but I will be its bitch for a Hornet......
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen to that brother. That makes two of us! I love this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there not a fiat platform they can build this on?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's too bad that the Hornet will never happen :( I really love that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ..... they want to find a Chinese maker to build something on Chrysler's C Platform, which underpins the Jeep Compass and Patriot, and Dodge Caliber.

      Hey Americans hated it... why not give the Chinese a shot to drive sub-par crap ?? Wonder if the "new" Caliber & CompA$$ will be packed with rebates & deep discounts???

      These vehicles were poorly styled & even more poorly engineered... WHY would anyone want to go into a brand NEW market with proven junk? Sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a Hornet based off the Versa would be nice. It could battle all he "box on wheels" cars that are now the latest rage. Chrysler has some of the best concepts around. Though their execution usually sucks. (except for Prowler and Viper... I did like the way the prowler looked... engine was not so nice, but it looked pretty cool).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler's a slut.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think the public eye would approve of a Chinese partner very well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i guess....

        but as was stated earlier, everyone else already does.

        you think Buick is sticking around because of all Lucernes they've been selling stateside??

        its not. its because GM has a couple Chinese partners and Buicks are super popular there.

        believe me. a Chinese partner is a problem Chrysler wishes it had.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But such a public announcement, along with the negatively working "divorcing Daimler" and "cutting off Nissan" just doesn't help the idea of a Chinese partner. Saying you work with Chinese companies is negatively viewed now with lead paint and lose of American jobs, so to speak.
        • 5 Years Ago
        By law, you have to have a Chinese partner to build/sell cars in China. Every major auto maker has a partner or three over there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler seems like the whore that people are inexplicably attracted to, yet always end up with a burning feeling afterwords...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Hornet concept looks cool. Also they should kill the Compass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anything can and will happen in the car business. It would be nice if Chrysler merges with a Chinese car company, and we get 45 mpg cars in America

      John DeFlumeri Jr Clearwater, Fla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like being Scotch-Korean!
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Chinese-American-Italian automaker? Now things are really getting complicated...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose this sample is indicative of the writing on your blog? Good luck! You'll need it if you want to communicate complex ideas.
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