Dodge Plans On Reviving Former “Hornet” Concept Vehicle

March 20th, 2020 by

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Dodge is looking to add more vehicles to its line-up. The Dodge brand will only have four vehicles at the start of the summer. Recently, the Dodge brand announced the end of the road for the Dodge Grand Caravan. This will leave Dodge with only the Challenger coupe, Charger sedan, Durango three-row SUV, and the smaller Journey crossover. Dodge has already made plans to increase the cars in their stable when FCA applied for trademarks for both “Hornet” and “Dodge Hornet”. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is responsible for granting the trademark. The company asked for the same trademarks in both Canada and Mexico. While some have wondered when the Dodge Barracuda would return, Dodge has revived one name with more to come as the automotive landscape among muscle cars has improved. Time will tell exactly what kind of vehicle the Hornet will be. The first Dodge Hornet was actually a concept vehicle that looked boxy and resembled a Scion xB. What did that vehicle look like?

What Happened With the Dodge Hornet?

The Dodge Hornet concept was produced back in 2006 and expected to be released a decade ago in 2010. The 5-door mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). The perks of the Hornet back were apparent with its a 1.6-Liter supercharged 4-cylinder Tritec engine that delivered 170 horsepower. Later in 2011, when Fiat and Dodge were merged, they converted the vehicle into a subcompact vehicle that would still impress today as the vehicle was stated to have 40 mpg fuel efficiency. However, the vehicle that eventually came out as the Dodge Dart. Now Dodge is planning on finally releasing the Dodge Hornet. 

Why Create A New Dodge Vehicle?

Small crossover and SUV sales have become quite popular and Dodge doesn’t offer any vehicle that fits that mold. The Dodge Hornet could pop up as a vehicle that separates itself from the current group of vehicles. FCA has space now that the Dodge Grand Caravan is ending at its minivan plant to produce a vehicle like the Hornet in the Windsor factory. Some reports have listed the Hornet as a future PSA Groupe vehicle, but since the filling for the Dodge Hornet moniker has been listed, we find this less likely. The merge of FCA and PSA Groupe has increased the portfolio they will offer, but changes have not been seen yet to the vehicles currently being sold, aside from the end of the Grand Caravan. 

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