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Automobile manufacturer Stellantis, with headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, owns the Dodge brand as an American branch. Performance automobiles have long been a part of the Dodge lineup, and for a significant portion of its history, Dodge was Chrysler's mid-priced brand above Plymouth.


Dodge was once a provider of components and assemblies to Detroit-based manufacturers like Ford. It was established in the early 1900s by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop. They started producing entire vehicles under the "Dodge Brothers" name in 1914, before the Chrysler Corporation was established. From 1910 until it shut down in January 1980, the Dodge main plant was situated in Hamtramck, Michigan. John Dodge, whose lungs had been compromised by TB 20 years previously, passed away from the Spanish flu in January 1920. Horace passed away in December of the same year, possibly from the Spanish flu, although liver cirrhosis was the actual cause of death. Their ancestors sold their business in 1925 to Dillon, Read & Co. before selling it to Chrysler in 1928.

Through the 1970s, Dodge's staple products were trucks and full-sized passenger cars, but it also produced midsize cars like the "B-Body" Coronet and Charger from 1965 to 1978, as well as small cars like the Dart from 1963 to 1976.

American "gas guzzler" sales fell as a result of the 1973 oil embargo, which prompted Chrysler to create the Dodge Aries K platform small and midsize automobiles for the 1981 model year. The 1980s Chrysler business revival is attributed to the K platform and its modifications. The Dodge Caravan is one illustration. Along with the bigger Dodge Intrepid, the Dodge Stratus had a lot of sales throughout the 1990s.

Between 1998 and 2009, Dodge saw a number of ownership transitions at Chrysler, including the company's 1998–2007 merger with Daimler-Benz AG, its subsequent sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its 2009 government bailout, and its eventual Chapter 11 bankruptcy and takeover by Fiat.

2011 saw the separation of Dodge from its sub-brands, Dodge Ram and Dodge Viper. In a statement, Dodge stated that Ram would be a separate brand and the Viper would be an SRT product. SRT was once again incorporated into Dodge in 2014. Later that year, the Chrysler Group changed its name to FCA US LLC to reflect the incorporation of Fiat S.p.A. and the Chrysler Group into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a single corporate entity. On January 16, 2021, another merger between FCA and FCA took place.

Dodge Official Site – Muscle Cars & Sports Cars

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