Chrysler considering Chinese partner for supermini

When Dodge entered the UK market in June of this year, they knew that producing a sub-compact vehicle for European consumption had to part of an overall brand strategy. Vehicles like the Charger and upcoming Challenger weren't going to be viable contenders in the European marketplace, so Dodge has decided that in addition to the Caliber and new Nitro SUV, a variation of the Hornet concept will find its way into production. The task now is finding a suitable company to partner with to produce Dodge's new Mini fighter.

Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda is quoted as saying that, in addition to seeking partnerships with Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen, a Chinese manufacturer may be in the running. Which one? People in the know point to Chery, with LaSorda saying that he has no quality concerns about working with a Chinese automaker.

As reported earlier, Dodge is being closely watched by DaimlerChrysler's team of global managers and gambling with a small Chinese manufacturer could have a detrimental effect on the automaker's future ambitions in Europe. A decision regarding the alliance will be made by fall of this year.

[Source: Automotive News]

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