litre S/C 4 cylinder
At the 2006 Geneva Motor Show Dodge unveiled the Hornet
concept car. Designed to exploit the growing compact car
marketplace gaining momentum in the US, the Hornet has
a distinctly European vibe, with an American twist.
The Aggressive styling of the Dodge Hornet is something
the design team set out to achieve.
"We wanted the Hornet to be dynamic, nimble, fun to drive,
and have an adaptable space-efficient interior," said
Mark Moushegian, principal exterior designer. "At the
same time we set out to create a vehicle with a uniquely
American character to expand the image and presence of
the Dodge brand in Europe and international markets, especially
in the entry-level market."
"We went for a rallye-inspired look-robust, capable, and
most definitely not 'cutesy.' We wanted a distinct 'edge'
to the design. We especially wanted to push the envelope
of interior volume. That's why the Hornet is almost as
wide as a C-segment vehicle,"
Powered by a 1.6 litre, supercharged
4 cylinder engine developing 170 horsepower connected
to a six-speed manual gearbox, the Hornet's straight line
performance should match the looks, however it remains
to be seen if the chassis can live up to the challenge.
As an interesting design feature, the tinted blue glass
is an optional color choice. When ordering the buyer can
specify a color to match, or contrast with the paintwork,
a nice idea, but may run into problems with country specific
Although the Dodge Hornet is currently just a concept,
the idea of developing a B-segment auto for the US and
European markets is something Dodge is keen to do, and
the Hornet's a good looking start.
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Dodge Charger Super Bee
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