Cropley's Geneva: Dodge Hornet
5 March 2006

'There’s no longer room for doubt about how serious DaimlerChrysler is to establish its “American performance” Dodge brand in Europe. This new Hornet hot hatch — powered by a supercharged 1.6 litre engine packing 170 bhp — may only be a concept at present, but it’s now clear the company has been seeking a European partner to provide the underpinnings for some time, and seems to have found some takers. No confirmation yet, but some say VW is in the frame.'

'Dodge’s principal exterior designer, Mark Moushegian, reckons the Hornet’s wide-bodied look is reminiscent of European rally cars, but observers closer to Europe reckon car’s very appeal is that it’s different from ordinary Europeans like Polo, Clio and Fiesta.'

Steve Cropley

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