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The 2010 Dodge Hornet: It’s Got Soul

Posted in auto industry, Concept Cars, Dodge, General by Suzanne Denbow | August 5th, 2008 | 1 Response |

After apparently getting dressed on the Kia Motors side of the design closet, Dodge is rapidly moving forward with their production plans for one of their newest vehicles, the Dodge Hornet. Marketing itself as a fresh, new, innovative design, the Hornet’s rear-hinged doors and absent B-pillar lend it features that are strikingly similar to those of the Kia Soul.

Although lacking the Kia Soul’s center-console mounted laptop [which I still maintain is an awesomely bad idea], the Hornet does feature an impressive dash-mounted GPS system and rear-seat tv screens mounted in the head rests. Intent on maximazing interior space, the Hornet features uniquely styled seats that fold completely flat [Reader Activity: Brainstorm lewd innuendos advertising the ample cargo space – points off if submissions include “If the Hornet’s a-rockin…].

Built on the Renault-Nissan B-car platform, the Hornet’s exterior styling is self-proclaimed to be Rallye-car inspired, attempting to bridge the gap between European practiciality and American “flair for the aggressive” [Note to Dodge Marketing Dept.: Look up “Subaru”]. Featuring a 1.6L 16-valve supercharged 4-cylinder engine, the Hornet boasts 170-hp @ 4,000 rpm and offers a pretty impressive performance considering its intended market. From 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph, Dodge intends to offer the Hornet as direct competition to the MINI Cooper. Considering the Hornet’s engine is manufactured in part by BMW, Dodge might actually be able to do just that [providing, of course, that Kia doesn’t cry “copyright infringement”].










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  1. Fernando says:

    I think that this car should become a reality. Americans need a new kind of car that goes against the norm. We can’t drive big, gas-guzzling cars the rest of our lives. We need to be smart, apply our new and latest technologies, be efficient, and create a car that offers performance, great gas mileage, plenty of interior space, is multi-purpose, and has a eye catchinh design. I strongly believe that this car needs to be put into production. We will never be able to compete with our Japaneses competitors, or European ones for that matter, if we don’t make a change. Make it a reality and build the damn thing! And where should we you ask??? In the USA! Make Americans believe again that we can drive something that we are proud to say is “All American.” It can happen and this is where we should start. Chrysler has the facilities and the tools. Put this car into production at Belvidere. Its an incredibly amazing facility and needs to be put into good use. Trust me, Americans will buy this car. I would.