Dodge, officially the Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation. It’s an American brand of automobiles, minivans and game utility vehicles manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly recognized as Chrysler Group LLC), based in Auburn Hills, Michigan (United States). Dodge vehicles currently include the lower-priced badge variants of Chrysler-badged vehicles as well as show cars, however for much of it is existence Dodge was Chrysler’s mid-priced brand above Plymouth.
The Dodge Brothers Company was Founded by brothers John Francis Dodge and Horace Elgin Dodge in 1900, Dodge was firstly a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began construction complete automobiles in 1915, predating the founding of Chrysler group. The Dodge brothers died abruptly in 1920 and the group was sold to Dillon, Read and Co. in 1925 previous to being sold to Chrysler in 1928. The Dodge vehicles mostly consisted of trucks and full-sized traveler cars through the 1970s, although it did make some inroads into the compact car bazaar during this time. The 1973 oil-crisis and it is succeeding impact on the United States automobile industry led Chrysler to develop the K platform of compact to midsize cars for the 1981 model year. The K platform and it is derivatives are credited with reviving Chrysler’s business in the 1980s; one such derivative became the Dodge Caravan.
The Dodge group has withstood the multiple rights changes at Chrysler from 1998–2009, as well as its short-lived merger with Daimler-Benz AG from 1998–2007, its subsequent sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its 2009 bailout by the American government, and its subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat.
Dodge, Ram, and Dodge’s Viper were separated in 2011. Dodge said that the Dodge Viper will now be an SRT product and Ram will be a firm. In 2014, SRT was merged back into Dodge. Afterward that year, Chrysler Company was renamed FCA US LLC, equivalent with the merger of Fiat SpA. and Chrysler Group into the only corporate structure of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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