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Jeep® History

In July 1940, the U.S. military informed automakers that it was looking for a “light reconnaissance vehicle” to replace the Army's motorcycle and modified Ford Model-T vehicles. The first civilian Jeep vehicle, the CJ-2A, was produced in 1945. It came with a tailgate, side-mounted spare tire, larger headlights, an external fuel cap and many more items that its military predecessors did not include.

Company Historical Timeline

Company history timeline, 1864 to 2018.

The Fiat 500 Acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in New York

July 4, 2017 The best-loved car in Fiat's history, the icon that made Italians into car owners and worldwide ambassador for the country, celebrates its 60th birthday today with a special event that honors its history and the style and design that made it famous across the globe. Not by chance, it is joining the permanent collection of the MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

Chrysler Brand Celebrates 90 Years of Style, Engineering Innovation and Groundbreaking Products

September 22, 2015 Chrysler Six, Airflow, Imperial, New Yorker, 300 and Town & Country are just some of the nameplates that mark the rich history of the Chrysler brand. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of Chrysler, which was founded on June 6, 1925, by Walter P. Chrysler. Chrysler represents more than a brand – it symbolizes the people behind the products, and the influence of its founder can still be felt today.

FCA Canada Celebrates 90th Anniversary

June 16, 2015 FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) marked its 90th anniversary today at a special celebration on the banks of the Detroit River and steps from its Canadian headquarters. The celebration was attended by employees, senior executives, local media and other special guests. Fittingly, the event was held at Windsor’s Dieppe Gardens, the former location of the Dominion Typograph Company. There, in 1896, the Dodge brothers established their bicycle company, a precursor to FCA’s modern-day Dodge brand.

Chrysler Group LLC Announces New Company Name: FCA US LLC

December 16, 2014 Chrysler Group LLC, the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker, today announced that it has changed its company name to FCA US LLC. The name change is effective immediately and follows the naming convention of its global parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA), which officially adopted its new name in October when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

100 Years of the Dodge Brand

Highlights of more than 100 years of the Dodge brand: 1864-2014.

Mopar Celebrates 75th Anniversary

August 31, 2012 The Mopar brand proudly celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012. Starting as the name of a single product — antifreeze — the Mopar brand evolved over 75 years, developing a strong identity that represents authentic parts and accessories, expert service, and convenient car care. Today, Mopar is moving full-speed ahead into the global marketplace and building on its reputation for top quality, trusted service and high performance.

The Following Statement Attributed to Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC

March 25, 2008 We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of John Herlitz, former Senior Vice President – Design. During his 35-year career at Chrysler, John made a significant impact on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Plymouth vehicle design. He had a heartfelt passion for the automotive industry and he will be greatly missed. The Design team and all of Chrysler send his family our deepest sympathy.

50 Years Later, City of Tulsa to Unveil 1957 Plymouth Belvedere

June 12, 2007 A time capsule with a revolutionary car will be opened June 15 as Tulsa celebrates the centennial of Oklahoma statehood.

HEMI® Heritage

June 9, 2004 The Chrysler Corporation stunned the racing world on Feb. 23, 1964, when stock cars equipped with its powerful 426 HEMI® engine swept the Daytona 500, taking first, second and third places in stock car racing's most prestigious event.

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