Dodge is an American car brand Chrysler Group LLC.
1901 John Francis Dodge and Horace settled Elgin Dodge Dodge brothers with their bicycle and machine factory in Detroit, Michigan has to offer. Their bearings and other parts produced by them were badly needed by the fledgling automobile manufacturing. Likewise, they designed parts for early Oldsmobile.
1902, the Dodge brothers Henry Ford came along, the inquired for assistance in financing his own automobile factory. The Dodge Brothers made possible with funding the launch of the Ford Motor Company, also they made parts for the early Ford, and thus achieved mutual financial benefit.
From 1914 to 1927, the company was named the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company. 1914, the Dodge Brothers started their own automobile factory. The first models were similar to the then famous Ford T, but showed some improvements, such as electric starter (opposite the "T" hand crank ) and became popular as a mid-size vehicles. The new Dodge was a commercial success.
In 1917, Dodge also built medium duty trucks for the U.S. Army in the First World War and after its end also for civilian use. 1925 Dodge was bought for 146 million U.S. dollars from the Dillon Read and Company, at that time the largest financial transaction in history. Dillon Read and sold Dodge on July 31, 1928, Chrysler.
The Dodge brand operated the medium -priced segment between the other brands Plymouth and DeSoto and produced alongside cars and trucks and buses. In 1973, when the oil crisis hit the U.S., the models for buyer needs were too big and overpowered, so that henceforth also models of the Chrysler brand have been sold, which differed only in details. Daimler tried after the merger with Chrysler to establish the Dodge brand in Europe and began in 2003 with the distribution. In Austria and Germany the Dodge Caliber was sold from June 2006. The brand was the buyers unknown in Europe, so big discounts had to be granted. In Mexico 2008 Dodge started the attempt to drive under the sub-brand Trazo the Trazo C, a sister model of the Nissan Tiida. Due to the low resonance Dodge introduced this brand already in the following year again.
From 2010, the Dodge brand was repositioned. The successful range of Ram pickups was spun off into a new brand of RAM, which also takes the brand logo with the famous ram's head in the crest. The Dodge Viper models were incorporated into the new, independent brand Viper. Dodge models will carry the the word " Dodge " with two inclined racing stripes that symbolize the sportiness of the brand.
The acquisition of the Chrysler Group and thus also the Dodge brand by Fiat of the distribution of the brand on the European brands was officially discontinued, although continue to import dealers vehicles from the United States in substantial numbers on their own. These models include the Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger and the neo- muscle car Dodge Challenger R / T and Dodge Charger R / T in some cases. with Hemi engines and full-size SUVs like the Dodge Durango and the RAM pickups. The Fiat Freemont based on Dodge Journey.
The new Dodge Dart ( from 2013 ) in the United States has the same technical basis as the Alfa Romeo Guilietta. However, there are major differences, for example with respect to the engine and the chassis between the two models of Alfa Romeo and Dodge. Thus, the models for Europe are also available with diesel engines, while the models are equipped in the United States with larger gasoline engines.
Official brand logo from 1994
Under the name Dodge are passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs ), pickups and vans available. In Europe, four models are currently marketed: the sporty two-door Challenger, the Charger four-door sedan, the SUV Durango and the pick-up RAM.
- Based on the model developed by Chrysler Europe Talbot / Simca Horizon
- Rebadged Mitsubishi
- Rebadged Mercedes -Benz
Car models ( incomplete, only to 1969 )
See also List of American V8 engines
Truck, pickup and SUV models
- Dodge A- Series (1964-1970)
- Dodge B- series (1948-1953, 1970-2003)
- Dodge C- series (1954-1960)
- Dodge Caravan (since 1984)
- Dodge D-Series (1961-1980)
- Dodge Dakota ( since 1987)
- Dodge Durango ( since 1998)
- Dodge JC (since 2007)
- Dodge JCUV (since 2007)
- Dodge Journey ( 2008 onwards)
- Dodge H100 (Mexico .2004 to 2008 )
- Dodge H100 Van / Wagon (Mexico, since 2007)
- Dodge L- series (1967-1971)
- Dodge Nitro (since 2007)
- Dodge Power Wagon (1945-1968)
- Dodge Raider (1987-1989)
- Dodge Ramcharger (1974-1993)
- Dodge Rampage (1982-1984)
- Dodge Sportsman (1971-1978)
- Dodge Sprinter based on the Mercedes Sprinter (2003-2010)
- Dodge Truck ( 1945 )
- Dodge W 200
- Dodge Warlock (1977 - 1979, U.S. truck on a small scale )
- Dodge Wrangler TJL (since 2009)
- Dodge Titan 1970
Dodge D5- Series Coupe (1937 )
Dodge Coronet (1967 )
Dodge Fantasticar (2007)
Dodge was represented at the factory to the end of the 2012 season in NASCAR and left the race series as champion Brad Keselowski with (Team Penske ). Meanwhile (2nd league) are only sporadically used privately Dodge vehicles in the Nationwide race series used.