58 Facts About Dodge


Dodge is an American brand of automobiles and a division of Stellantis, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Dodge vehicles have historically included performance cars, and for much of its existence Dodge was Chrysler's mid-priced brand above Plymouth.

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John Dodge died from the Spanish flu in January 1920, having lungs weakened by tuberculosis 20 years earlier.

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Dodge brand endured multiple ownership changes at Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its merger with Daimler-Benz AG from 1998 to 2007, its subsequent sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its 2009 bailout by the United States government, and its subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat.

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Dodge announced that the Viper was to be an SRT product, and Ram a standalone marque.

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Horace and John Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company in Detroit in 1900, and quickly found work manufacturing precision engine and chassis components for the city's growing number of automobile firms.

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John Dodge was once quoted as saying, "Someday, people who own a Ford are going to want an automobile".

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Pershing himself used a Dodge touring car to keep abreast of army columns and control their movements.

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Dodge remained the United States military's primary supplier of light-wheeled vehicles until the US joined the Second World War.

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Dodge Brothers expanded its truck line and became a leading builder of light trucks.

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The Graham truck line from then on used only Dodge-built chassis, from 1-ton to 3-ton capacity, and Dodge kept making light-duty trucks.

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Dodge was sold to the new Chrysler Corporation in 1928 in a stock transfer instead of cash for $170 million who had attempted to purchase Dodge two years earlier.

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The Dodge Eight was replaced by a larger Dodge DeLuxe Six for 1934, which was dropped for 1935.

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Dodge did not share the radical Airflow styling that was the cause of depressed sales of Chryslers and DeSotos from 1934 until 1937, as a passenger sedan, but it was used on the commercial trucks for a short time.

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Dodge added safety features such as a smooth, flat dashboard with no protruding knobs, curved in door handles, and padded front-seat backs for the benefit of the rear-seat occupants.

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Dodge readily built upon the reputation of the WC-series for itself, by carrying it over into civilian models after the war, beginning with the successful Power Wagon, introduced with minimal modification almost immediately after the war, in 1945, for the 1946 model year.

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Civilian production at Dodge was restarted by late 1945, in time for the 1946 model year.

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Dodge entered the compact car field for 1961 with their new Lancer, a variation on Plymouth's Valiant.

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However, they turned this around in 1965 by turning those former full-sizes into "new" mid-size models; Dodge revived the Coronet nameplate in this way and later added a sporty fastback version called the Charger that became both a sales leader and a winner on the NASCAR circuit.

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Dodge targeted the muscle car market of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Borrowing the recently introduced Chrysler Horizon from their European division, Dodge was able to get its new Omni subcompact on the market fairly quickly.

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Dodge Magnum was introduced for 1978 to supplement the Dodge Charger.

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Dodge Mirada was a mid-sized, rear-wheel drive coupe manufactured and marketed by Dodge for model years 1980 to 1983 sharing the Chrysler J platform along with its badge engineered variants, the second generation Chrysler Cordoba and the Imperial.

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Dodge Dynasty is related to the Chrysler New Yorker as both car lines were built on the Chrysler C platform in Belvidere, Illinois.

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Dodge-branded Mitsubishi vehicles were phased out by 1993 except for the Dodge Stealth running through 1996, though Mitsubishi-made engines and electrical components were still widely used in American domestic Chrysler products.

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In 1992, Dodge moved their performance orientation forward substantially with the Viper, which featured an aluminum V10 engine and composite sports roadster body.

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The Dodge Stratus was the middle entry of the Chrysler JA platform.

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Dodge Durango is a mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by Dodge.

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In Spring 2007, DaimlerChrysler reached an agreement with Cerberus Capital Management to sell its Chrysler Group subsidiary, of which the Dodge division was a part.

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In 2013, Dodge reintroduced a compact car based on an Alfa Romeo design called the Dart.

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On May 6,2014, FCA announced a major restructuring, in which Dodge would focus solely on performance vehicles and will be positioned between Chrysler and a relaunched Alfa Romeo in the FCA lineup.

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We need to continue to market as Ram so Dodge can have a different brand identity: hip, cool, young, energetic.

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Ever since Dodge began building their own cars in 1914, the company offered light truck models.

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In 1939 again, Dodge presented a completely redesigned line of pickups and trucks, with streamlined new, 'art-deco' front sheetmetal styling.

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Dodge was among the first to introduce car-like features to its trucks, adding the plush Adventurer package during the 1960s and offering sedan-like space in its Club Cab bodies of the 1970s.

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Dodge introduced the Ram's all-new "big-rig" styling treatment for 1994.

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Dodge had offered panel delivery models for many years since its founding, but their first purpose-built van model arrived for 1964 with the compact A Series.

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DaimlerChrysler merger of 1998 made it possible for Dodge to explore new ideas; hence the European-styled Mercedes-Benz Sprinter line of vans was brought over and given a Dodge styling treatment.

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Once again, though, Dodge was left with outdated products during the 1980s as the market evolved.

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Dodge imported a version of Mitsubishi's popular Montero as the Raider from 1987 to 1989.

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Dodge came to Argentina in the early 20th century with imported cars and trucks.

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In 1982, production of Dodge vehicles ceased when German company Volkswagen bought the Fevre plant and the shares.

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In 1993, Dodge began marketing cars and pick-ups directly in Argentina.

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Dodge entered the Japanese market in mid-2007 and re-entered the Chinese market in late 2007.

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Dodge marketed its vehicles in South Korea in 2004, starting with the Dakota.

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Dodge vehicles are no longer marketed in China, Japan and South Korea.

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Dodge chose not to use the full model lines and engines available to them, the 2.

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The Dodge nameplate continued due to consistent sales of the Journey.

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Dodge started assembling lorries in the United Kingdom from imported parts in 1922.

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In some export markets, British-built Dodge trucks used the Fargo or DeSoto marques, and the situation was further complicated after the takeover of the Rootes Group whose commercial vehicles were sold under the Commer and Karrier marques.

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Some Dodge 500s were given Commer badges, whilst the 100 series "Commando" light truck developed by Rootes was initially marketed under all five marques.

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American Chrysler Corporation cars, including some Dodge models, were assembled from CKD kits at various locations in Europe until the 1970s, including Kew, Antwerp, and Rotterdam, but sales volumes were low as even 'compact' American cars like the Dodge Dart were enormous gas-guzzlers by European standards.

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The Dodge cars were a relatively small part of the Madrid factory's output, which was dominated by smaller Simca-designed cars and Barreiros-designed heavy-duty trucks.

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However, the only subsequent new model to carry the Dodge name was the Dodge 50 series, which replaced the earlier Walk-Thru and was widely used in Britain by utility companies, the military, and as a minibus, but was rarely seen outside the UK.

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Thereafter all-new models were Renaults, and in 1987 the Dodge name was dropped from the remaining inherited models, which became Renaults for their last few years of production.

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In 2010 the Dodge marque was pulled from the UK due to poor sales and on June 1,2011 it was dropped from the rest of Europe.

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All of the Dodge models were discontinued in Europe except the Dodge Journey, which became the Fiat Freemont.

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The Dodge marque was reintroduced to many European markets in 2019.

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