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Small Dodge (Hornet?) arriving in late 2011 (corrected)

by David Zatz on

A sedan using the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is due to be made in the United States by the end of 2011, according to Sergio Marchionne, as quoted in Automotive News. This will be the first Fiat-platform product engineered by Chrysler, and will fill in a gap left by the (larger) Neon, the last compact Dodge sedan. The Dodge Caliber will, however, continue to be built through mid-2012.

According to past statements, this car will use the Fiat C-EVO dimensions (“platform”) and electronics network, along with, most likely, a retuned Chrysler World Gas Engine and the 1.4 liter Fiat engine. Engineering has been centered in Auburn Hills, but Chrysler has access to Fiat technologies and may, due to the brief development timeframe, use some designs from the Giulietta.

One version of the new Dodge will get 40 mpg, filling the second of three requirements for Fiat to increase its share of Chrysler to 35% (the first will be production of the 1.4 liter Fiat engine in Dundee, Michigan, in the next few months; that engine will be used by the Fiat 500, to be made in Mexico and to be sold starting in January 2011).

The name is likely to be Dodge Hornet. This was predicted by Allpar some months ago.

Fiat has been negotiating with the Treasury Department for clearance on acquiring its full 35% share of Chrysler, once export targets are reached. This will include access to Fiat dealers in Latin America and other regions. Negotiations are expected to be completed during 2010, and the targets are expected to be reached by the end of 2011.

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