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Dodge was initially founded as the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company by Horace and John Dodge in 1914. The Dodge brothers got their start in the automotive industry by making parts for Ford. However, by 1913, the brothers had grown tired of being the hired help and wanted to launch their own automotive brand.

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Dodge Through The 1930s

Dodge's first vehicle was the four-cylinder Model 30. The Model 30 featured an all-steel body and a sliding gear transmission. It sold well and other early model Dodges, including a roadster and a four-door sedan, were introduced. A line of trucks soon followed. It was also around this time that the U.S. military adopted Dodge vehicles and during World War I as they were utilized as ambulances and staff transport.

Dodge Brothers Motors got off to a strong start in the industry, and by 1916, they were producing the second best-selling vehicles in the United States. However, the success of the Dodge brothers would be short-lived. John Dodge succumbed to pneumonia in January 1920, and Horace died later the same year. The brother's widows appointed long-time employee, Frederick Haynes as president.

Dodge stagnated under Haynes' rule and was briefly sold to an investment firm before eventually being acquired by Chrysler in 1928. After becoming a subsidiary for Chrysler, Dodge was ultimately molded into the division that produced tough trucks and performance-minded cars.

In 1939, Dodge released the Luxury Liner series which lasted until 1942 when war-production needs forced Dodge to discontinue its production of passenger cars.

Dodge After World War II

Dodge produced many well-received vehicles in the decades following World War II. Vehicles like the Dodge Dart, Lancer, and Coronet became classic vehicles of the 1950s and early 1960s era. It was also during this period that Dodge introduced the powerful Hemi V-8 engine that would go on to power so many of its muscle cars.

The Dodge Dart became one of the most popular cars in the U.S. during the 1960s. Other models like the Custom 880 also sold well during that time period, and by the end of the decade, Dodge was producing iconic American muscle cars like the Dodge Charger with its 318-cubic-inch V-8 engine. Buyers could also opt for an even more powerful 426-cubic-inch version that offered 425 hp.

In 1970, Dodge released the smaller but powerful Challenger. However, like most American automakers, Dodge felt their fortunes flag in the early 1970s. The Middle East oil crisis caused many American drivers to rethink their big Detroit gas-guzzlers, and government regulations caused many automobile companies to reshuffle the deck as they were forced to reclassify their current compact cars as midsize and begin producing smaller compacts.

Dodge survived through government bailout money, and in the early 1980s, the company reversed its fortunes by producing more compact, economical vehicles like the Omni and the Aries that became fairly popular with American drivers. However, Dodge was on the verge of a major innovation at the time; in 1984, with the release of the Caravan, they created a whole new vehicle class: the minivan.

The Caravan and like-vehicles went on to replace the station wagons that had been popular with American families since the late 1940s. With relatively good fuel economy and capability of seating up to seven people and cargo, the Caravan put Dodge back in the driver's seat.

Other successful vehicles soon followed, and in the early 1990s, the company unveiled the all-new Ram pickup, which was also well received. Other successful Dodge models during the 1990s included sport-minded vehicles like the Daytona, the Lancer, and the V-10 powered Viper.

Dodge's parent company, Chrysler was acquired by German automaker Daimler-Benz in 1998. The new company, known as DaimlerChrysler, discontinued the Plymouth brand; therefore, Dodge repositioned on the U.S. market as DaimlerChrysler's low price subdivision, producing performance cars and trucks.

Dodge Models

Current Dodge models include cars like the Avenger, Challenger, and Charger, all of which feature performance as a key selling point.

Dodge also produces the Durango midsize SUV and the Journey, which is a midsize crossover vehicle. The Caravan minivan is still currently being produced, and the company also reintroduced the Dart brand to replace the compact Caliber in 2012.

Dodge Products and Technologies

Dodge is regarded as one of the first names in the automotive industry when it comes to power and performance. The continuing success of the Dodge brand is exemplified in classic muscle cars like the Charger and Challenger, which continue to sell well today. The Caravan is still regarded as one of the most versatile and dependable minivans on the market. Dodge has managed to maintain its position as a trusted producer of trucks and performance vehicles while simultaneously expanding into the low-price market.

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Dodge Avenger

2014-2008, 2000-1995 | Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The Dodge Avenger is a chameleon of sorts.

Dodge B150

1996 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B150 is built on the Chrysler AB platform.

Dodge B1500

1998-1997, 1995 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B1500 is part of the B-series offered by the Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge B250

1996 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B250 is a part of the B-model van line from the Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge B2500

1998-1997, 1995 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B2500 is a three-quarter ton, full-size cargo or passenger van manufactured from 1995 through 1998.

Dodge B350

1996 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B350 is a full-size, one-ton van produced from 1981 through 1994.

Dodge B3500

1998-1997, 1995 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge B3500 is known for its one-welded-piece "uniframe" design, making the Dodge lighter and stronger than the competition.

Dodge Caliber

2012-2007 | Compact, Hatchback, Wagon

The Dodge Caliber is a compact car that replaced the Dodge Neon in 2007.

Dodge Caravan

2007-1995 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Caravan was introduced in 1984, and has gone through six major redesigns since its inception.

Dodge Challenger

2015-2008 | Coupe, Sports

The Dodge Challenger is a pony car built from 1970 to 1974.

Dodge Charger

2014-2006 | Midsize, Sedan

The original Dodge Charger was built from 1966 through the early 1970s.

Dodge Dakota

2011-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

Dodge Dart

2014-2013 | Midsize, Sedan

Dodge Durango

2015-2011, 2009-1998 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

Dodge Grand Caravan

2015-1995 | Minivan/Van

Dodge Intrepid

2004-1995 | Midsize, Sedan

Dodge Journey

2015-2009 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Dodge Journey is the first midsize crossover SUV to be offered by Chrysler.

Dodge Magnum

2008-2005 | Luxury, Midsize, Wagon

The Dodge Magnum offers a modern spin on the classic family station wagon.

Dodge Neon

2005-1995 | Compact, Coupe, Sedan

The Dodge Neon is a budget-minded compact car sold from 1995 to 2005.

Dodge Nitro

2011-2007 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Dodge Nitro is a five-passenger small SUV produced from 2007 to 2011.

Dodge Ram 1500

2011-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Dodge Ram 1500 is a half-ton version of the classic full-size Ram pickup truck.

Dodge Ram 2500

2011-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Dodge Ram 2500 is the three-quarter-ton version of Dodge’s full-size Ram truck.

Dodge Ram 3500

2011-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Dodge Ram 3500 is the one-ton version of Dodge’s best-selling Ram pickup truck.

Dodge Ram Van 1500

2003-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Van 1500 is the full-size cargo van equivalent of the Ram pickup truck.

Dodge Ram Van 2500

2003-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Van 2500 is the three-quarter-ton version of Dodge’s Ram-based full-size cargo van.

Dodge Ram Van 3500

2003-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Van 3500 is the most powerful vehicle in Dodge’s Ram-based series of full-size cargo vans.

Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

2002-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 is the half-ton passenger version of Dodge’s full-size Ram-based van.

Dodge Ram Wagon 2500

2002-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 is the three-quarter-ton passenger model offered in Dodge’s series of full-size Ram-based vans.

Dodge Ram Wagon 3500

2002-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 represents the one-ton passenger version of Dodge’s Ram-based full-size van.

Dodge Spirit

1995 | Midsize, Sedan

The Dodge Spirit is a four-door midsize sedan sold from 1989 to 1995.

Dodge Sprinter 2500

2009-2003 | Minivan/Van

Introduced for 2003, the Dodge Sprinter 2500 is a full-size rear-drive passenger van featuring Euro-styling and more cabin space than any other van in its class.

Dodge Sprinter 3500

2009-2003 | Minivan/Van

The Dodge Sprinter 3500 is a full-size van that was first introduced to the market in 2003.

Dodge SRT-4

2005-2003 | Compact, Sedan

Dodge Stealth

1996-1995 | Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

When looking for a used sports car, remember that the Dodge Stealth can be a 164-horsepower ""wannabe,"" or a real-deal monster with twice as much power.

Dodge Stratus

2006-1995 | Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports

The Dodge Stratus was originally released in 1995 as a replacement for the Dodge Spirit.

Dodge Viper

2010-2008, 2006-1995 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

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