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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.

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Late in 2006 Chrysler announced a deal with Chery Automotive to develop and manufacture small cars. Everyone hoped this meant that the Dodge Hornet which was shown at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as a concept would be produced out of the deal. Unfortunately, the two companies have been shy about releasing details, apparently because they had yet to work those out. Chrysler Executive VP of product development Frank Klegon spoke to a group of Asian journalists and the subject of the Chery deal came

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Ok, there has been some confusion over the Chery/DaimlerChrysler small car alliance recently (see?). Automotive News follows up on all that with a story over the weekend that reinforces the previously-suggested information that U.S. dealers will one day get a Chery-assembled Dodge Hornet (soon? We don't know). Different sources told Alysha Webb that the Hornet project is "fixed, but no final contract has been signed." Which brand will this Chery-made car carry? We don't know that either.

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China Car Times says that Chinese Web site Autohome is reporting Dodge will re-badge Chery's A1 mini car for sale around the world. According to China Car Times, the A1 is a QQ3 renamed for export. The new name is supposedly intended to avoid any further confrontation with General Motors' lawyers over the whole QQ vs. Spark fight.

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Yes, we know, it wasn't that long ago we reported Chrysler Group President Tom LaSorda saying Chery would not build the Hornet show car, but rather supply one of its own models for sales as a Dodge-branded small car in the Chrysler Group's product portfolio. Now Autoweek is reporting that Chrysler is none too happy with Chery's weak efforts to improve the production quality of its own cars. So instead of having Chery supply one of its own models, Chrysler may go ahead on its own with development

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Chrysler will finally be getting a small B-Class car to sell in the next couple of years. As expected for several months now, DaimlerChrysler has finally signed an agreement with Chinese car-maker Chery Automotive. A production model based on the design of the Dodge Hornet concept shown at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show will be assembled by Chery in China and exported to markets including the United States. Full details of the agreement are expected to be released within the next month. Hopefully the

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