According to a report from The Drive, Alfa Romeo is not happy with Dodge about the Hornet, calling it a "compliance car" based off the Tonale.

“Dodge took advantage of the [Tonale] to make a compliance car—their Aston Martin Cygnet moment, if you will. Suffice it to say internal politics won the day, and Dodge needed to up their CAFE numbers, so Hornet was born.” said the source.


The all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet crossover debuted this week, becoming—perhaps somewhat shockingly—the first product the Dodge brand has released in a decade. Yet, a source inside parent-company Stellantis tells us that not everyone in the company is happy—namely Alfa Romeo.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that the Dodge Hornet and Alfa Romeo Tonale are basically the same car with minimal changes. According to a source within Stellantis who spoke with The Drive on condition of anonymity, the Tonale started as primarily an Alfa Romeo project; but internal politicking, and a desire for Dodge to raise its low average fuel economy numbers, saw the Alfa Romeo Tonale morph into the Dodge Hornet. And now the Alfa Romeo side of the house is none too happy about it.

“Dodge took advantage of the [Tonale] to make a compliance car—their Aston Martin Cygnet moment, if you will. Suffice it to say internal politics won the day, and Dodge needed to up their CAFE numbers, so Hornet was born.” said the source.