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2006 Dodge Hornet concept

2006 Dodge Hornet concept

2006 Dodge Hornet side view

2006 Dodge Hornet concept
Make Dodge
Model Hornet
Concept year 2006
Production year -
Engine 1.6 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 regulations.

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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