History of Dodge

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.

Dodge news

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.

Photo Gallery of Dodge

view more
Dodge - Photo #01
Dodge - Photo #02
Dodge - Photo #03
Dodge - Photo #04
Dodge - Photo #05

Dodge Cars Reviews

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

This American automobile is manufactured by Chrysler. In 1965, Dodge Charger came into existence. There are varieties of Dodge vehicles which are built on mostly 3 different sizes and platforms all of them bearing Charger nameplate.

Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

Durango is an SUV produced from Chrysler’s Dodge division. The first 2 generations were pretty much similar and both were completely based on Dakota featuringbody-on-frame construction. Both the generation models were produced at the Newark Assembly plant.

Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey has been a crossover SUV of mid size built by Chrysler’s Dodge Division. It got lined up for the year 2009 and got updated for model year 2011 substantially.

Technical characteristics of Dodge Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Dodge Intrepid 2000 203HP (149 kW) @ 5800 rpm n/a
2 Dodge Coronet 500 R/T Hardtop 1968 380HP (279 kW) @ 4600 rpm 8.1 l/100km
3 Dodge Hemi 8 2001 357HP (263 kW) @ 0 rpm 8.1 l/100km
4 Dodge Magnum XE 1979 152HP (111 kW) @ 3600 rpm 8.1 l/100km
5 Dodge Charger SE 2006 193HP (142 kW) @ 6400 rpm n/a
6 Dodge Caliber SRT4 2006 289HP (212 kW) @ 5700 rpm 8.1 l/100km
7 Dodge Stratus Coup? SXT Automatic 2004 144HP (106 kW) @ 5500 rpm n/a
8 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 1969 340HP (250 kW) @ 5200 rpm n/a
9 Dodge Charger R/T AWD 2006 345HP (254 kW) @ 5000 rpm n/a
10 Dodge Intrepid ES 2001 225HP (166 kW) @ 6400 rpm n/a
11 Dodge Avenger 2.0 (EU) 2007 156HP (114 kW) @ 6300 rpm 7.8 l/100km
12 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2003 507HP (372 kW) @ 5600 rpm 8.1 l/100km
13 Dodge Avenger 2.7 V6 (EU) 2007 188HP (138 kW) @ 6500 rpm 9.7 l/100km
14 Dodge Challenger RT Automatic 2010 377HP (277 kW) @ 5200 rpm n/a
15 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Automatic 1969 340HP (250 kW) @ 5200 rpm n/a