Dodge History

At the turn of the 20th century, the Dodge brothers, John and Horace, founded what would officially be known as the Dodge Brothers Company. They originally were a parts supplier for Detroit automakers, but in 1915, they began building their own complete vehicles.

The first Dodge vehicle was the Dodge Model 30, designed to be a more upscale competitor to the popular Ford Model T. It included numerous standard features, such as an all-steel body, a 12-volt electric system, a 35-horsepower engine, and so much more. Because of the high-quality of their vehicles, by 1916, the company already had the second-highest sales in the country.

Both Dodge brothers died at an early age in 1920, one from pneumonia, the other from cirrhosis. The company was then sold in 1925 to Dillon, Read & Co. After that, Chrysler bought the Dodge brand in 1928.

Some of the notable models from the early Dodge decades include the Series 124 sedan, the D11 Luxury Liner 4-Door, the Dodge Custom 4-door, and the Dodge Coronet. Dodge even had a lineup of full-size buses, called the FK6.

Of course, one of the most iconic, and perhaps most influential Dodge vehicles ever produced was the Dodge Caravan. This fantastically family-friendly vehicle spawned the brand new minivan segment that families across the country still love today.

Over the years, Dodge also became well-known for its fantastic truck lineup, and in 2009, the trucks earned their own brand-Ram.

Today, Dodge has a fantastic lineup of performance cars, including the Charger, Challenger, and even the sporty, compact Dart. Stop by Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and take a look at a small part of the storied Dodge history.


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