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.

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Dodge Cars Reviews

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 Caliber

Dodge Caliber

The dodge caliber was the coupe which was produced by the dodge as the division of Chrysler 2007-2012. This one is the compact car which replaced the neon and it was discontinued in the year 2005 by Chrysler.

Dodge Nitro

Dodge Nitro

Dodge Nitro is a CU released in the year 2007 by the Dodge division of Chrysler. It shared its platform with the 2nd generation Jeep Liberty. It had got uni-body design with big wheels, high waistline, and belligerently flared fenders.

Technical characteristics of Dodge Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Dodge Coronet 440 Sedan 1968 147HP (108 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
2 Dodge 1500 1977 72HP (52 kW) @ 5400 rpm 8.1 l/100km
3 Dodge Challenger SE 2008 253HP (186 kW) @ 6400 rpm 14.3 l/100km
4 Dodge Avenger 2.4 2007 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.8 l/100km
5 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR 2007 608HP (447 kW) @ 6100 rpm 11.3 l/100km
6 Dodge Stratus Coup? SXT Automatic 2004 144HP (106 kW) @ 5500 rpm n/a
7 Dodge Journey SXT AWD 2008 238HP (175 kW) @ 6400 rpm 7 l/100km
8 Dodge Magnum SXT 2005 253HP (186 kW) @ 6400 rpm 8.1 l/100km
9 Dodge Stratus Sedan R/T 2005 203HP (149 kW) @ 5800 rpm n/a
10 Dodge Dart 1968 116HP (85 kW) @ 4400 rpm 8.1 l/100km
11 Dodge Magnum R/T Performance Group 2006 354HP (261 kW) @ 5200 rpm 8.1 l/100km
12 Dodge Caliber SRT4 2006 289HP (212 kW) @ 5700 rpm 8.1 l/100km
13 Dodge Charger R/T 2008 373HP (274 kW) @ 5200 rpm n/a
14 Dodge Daytona ES 1989 143HP (105 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
15 Dodge Magnum XE 1979 136HP (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.1 l/100km