Dodge Hornet buzzes over to Europe
16 February 2006

This chunky Dodge Hornet concept might not look like it, but it competes with the Yaris and Grande Punto on size.

The Hornet’s robust looks are inspired by rally cars, according to Mark Moushegian, principal exterior designer. It has a small dash of rally pace: 0-60mph takes 6.7 seconds. That’s according to Dodge, but there should be a fair turn of speed from the supercharged 1.6-litre 167bhp, 165lb ft unit under that flat bonnet.

The glass is “Blue View”, the brake callipers are gold, the wheels are 19-inchers – an American idea of what appeals to the wallets of young drivers is hard at work here. The idea is apparently that customers could specify the glass of their car to contrast nicely with its exterior colour. The interior aims for similarly funky territory, though with a bit more practicality from a first aid kit and an infestation of storage bins. John Sodano, principal interior designer, says the aim was to ‘create a common style architecture for the exterior and interior’. It may be common to both, but the key thing about this concept is that it is aimed at Europe, and may preface an attack on this segment by Dodge. Whether it is to European tastes remains to be seen at Geneva and beyond.

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