A Pictorial Glimpse of Dodge Motor Cars Through the Years
Dodge is an American brand of autos, minivans, and sport utility vehicles made by FCA US LLC (in the past known as Chrysler Group LLC), situated in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Dodge vehicles incorporate the lower-priced variations of Chrysler-badged vehicles and also performance autos, however for quite a bit of its presence Dodge was Chrysler's mid-valued brand above Plymouth.
Dodge vehicles for the most part comprised of trucks and full-sized passenger
automobiles through the 1970s, however it made a few compact cars during this
The 1973 oil emergency and its ensuing effect on the American vehicle industry drove Chrysler to create the compact to midsize car the K platform for the 1981 models. The K platform is credited with reviving Chrysler's business during the 1980s; one such derivative was the Dodge Caravan.
Dodge has weathered the many ownerships of Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its 1998 to 2007 fleeting merger with Daimler-Benz AG, its resulting sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its bailout by the United States government in 2009, and its ensuing Chapter 11 insolvency and Fiat acquisition.
Dodge, Ram, and Dodge's Viper brands were separated in 2009. However in 2014, SRT was again merged into Dodge. Soon thereafter, Chrysler Group was renamed FCA US LLC, comparing with the Fiat S.p.A merger. and Chrysler Group into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles single corporate structure.
Established as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop by siblings Horace Dodge
and John Dodge in late 1900, Dodge was initially a provider of parts and
gatherings for Detroit-based automakers and in 1914 started fabricating complete
autos under the "Dodge Brothers" brand, originating before the establishing of
Chrysler Corporation. The factory was situated in Hamtramck, Michigan and was
known from 1910 until 1979 as the Dodge Main Factory. Both the Dodge brothers
died in 1920 of influenza and the organization was sold to Dillon, Read and Co.
in 1925 before being acquired by Chrysler in 1928.
Dodge Brothers developed as a leading light truck manufacturer in the 1920s. They went into an agreement to sell trucks for Graham Brothers of Evansville, Indiana. The same Graham brothers who later built Graham-Paige and Graham cars.
Dodge Brothers, Inc., acquired a 51% in Graham Brothers, Inc., for $13 million in 1925 and the remaining 49% on May 1, 1926. All three of the Graham brothers, Joseph, Robert, and Ray, accepted administration positions in Dodge Brothers before leaving in 1927.
1914 Dodge Brothers Touring
1920 Dodge Model 30
1925 Dodge Tourer
1928 Dodge Victory Six 5 Window Coupe
Dodge After Chrysler Acquisition in1928
To fit better in the Chrysler Corporation lineup, next to the lower-priced Plymouth and medium-priced DeSoto, Dodge's lineup for mid 1930 was trimmed down to just two lines and thirteen models (down from three lines and nineteen models a little more than a year before). Prices began a little above DeSoto yet were to some degree not as much as top of the line Chrysler. DeSoto and Dodge swaped places in the 1933 model year, Dodge dropping to a place between Plymouth and DeSoto. As Plymouth autos were sold at Chrysler dealerships, Dodge vehicles were sold as a lower cost option to DeSoto