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Dodge Hornet to reach production in 2008

The Dodge Hornet concept is tipped to go on sale in 2008, and will rival cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and VW Polo.

It was designed in America and the car features a boxy shape with some great sporty touches.

The Hornet is also the smallest vehicle for Dodge, who is renowned for mammoth pickups and hot sports cars, to date.

With its wide stance, the Hornet is solidly planted on the road. Up front, the signature Dodge crossbar grille is set above an exposed engine intercooler flanked by front brake air ducts and fog lamps.

The raised plateau on the bonnet features a recessed scoop on the driver's side to funnel air to the engine air box.

The muscular side view is dominated by the large 19-inch diameter open-section aluminium wheels designed to show off the "mechanicals," including the gold-coloured brake callipers.

The arching wheel flares and notched sill are complemented by curving body surfaces that "spear out" into the full front and rear opposed half-doors which, in section, are quite shallow so as to maximize the interior space.

Its framed doors open to reveal the absence of a B-pillar, while the three-window side glass terminates in a dynamic wedge-shaped quarter window.

It comes with a 1.6-litre supercharged four-cylinder engine kicking out 127 kW and 224 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min.


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