Dodge is an American car manufacturer currently owned by Chrysler Group LLC. Its history goes back to the early years of the last century, when its founders, the brothers John Francis Dodge and Horace Elgin Dodge, started in the business of automotive parts production.
Then came collaborations that became in mergers, mergers that became transfers and more administrative moves that, despite its fluctuations, it allowed that Dodge is one of the main employers in the automotive industry with more than 100 years.
History of Dodge
It was 1901 when the Dodge Brothers moved their factory of autoparts Brothers Bicycle & Machine Factory in Ontario, Canada, to Michigan, United States. They were the years of discoveries and novel inventions that were building the first cars in history. Parts manufactured the Dodge Brothers were very required for inventors such as Henry Ford, who needed a hand to give life to their own dream.
Thus, Dodge and Ford joined, the first sold parts, the second needed them. From this marriage, which began in 1902 and was extended for twelve more years, born the first Ford cars and by 1913, almost all parts of the cars made were creation of the Dodge Brothers.
It was this experience that encouraged them to give life in 1914 to his own car company, which was called Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company. That year presented the 'Old Betsy', built to be reliable and durable, in addition, produced in total 249 cars. In the following years they built machinery for the army in the first world war. In 1928 Chrysler purchased Dodge.
Subsequent years of Dodge
With the expansion of Chrysler Europe through the acquisition of new brands, Dodge was also carried to the old continent. It was thus first used for commercial vehicles light, as the Dodge 50, as well as off-road 4 x 2, 6 x 4, 8 x 2, 8 x 4, trucks semi, usually marketed under the name of Fargo or De Soto.
The collapse of Chrysler in 1977 hindered the advance of Ford in Europe, market to that returned with the Dodge Neon SRT-4, called Chrysler Neon, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Nitro and the Avenger, in 2000. One of the most famous cars of the brand, which has appeared in movies, television, games and more, is the Dodge Viper.
Fiat took control of Chrysler and again away to Dodge in the European market. What began to do was commercialize Dodge models under the Fiat name. Dodge also is part of DaimlerChrysler AG, based in Stuttgart (Germany), which led to reintroduce the brand in Europe and Australia, taking much acceptance on the Melbourne Auto Salon 2006. At the end of 2006, Dodge sold 1.3 million cars worldwide. Not bad for a company that changed hands several times, but which has kept its name as main logo for 110 years.