Who Owns Dodge? (2022)

Dodge is an American automobile manufacturer based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The car brand is famous for its performance cars and muscle cars.

The Dodge Durango, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Hornet, and Dodge Charger are the company’s current models.

But, who owns Dodge?

Who Owns Dodge?

Dodge is currently owned by Stellantis, a company formed after the merger of FCA and French automotive group PSA Groupe.

Over the course of its existence, the company has seen its hands change several times. Perhaps the longest was under Chrysler, when it acquired Dodge in 1928.

After the merger of Chrysler and Daimler, the brand came under ownership of the merged entity, ChryslerBenz.

The brand was under the ownership of FCA when FCA acquired Chrysler in 2011. Since the 2022 merger of FCA and PSA, the brand has been owned by Stellantis since then.

About Dodge

Dodge was initially a supplier of parts and assemblies to Detroit-based automakers like Ford. It was established in the early 1900s by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop.

They started producing entire vehicles under the “Dodge Brothers” brand in 1914, before the Chrysler Corporation was established. From 1910 until it shut down in January 1980, the Dodge main factory was located in Hamtramck, Michigan.

John Dodge, whose lungs had been compromised by tuberculosis 20 years previously, passed away from the Spanish flu in January 1920.

Horace passed away in December of the same year, possibly from the Spanish flu, but liver cirrhosis was the actual cause of death. Their families sold their business in 1925 to Dillon, Read & Co. before selling it to Chrysler in 1928.

Through the 1970s, Dodge’s staple vehicles were trucks and full-sized passenger cars, but it also produced midsize cars like the “B-Body” Coronet and Charger from 1965 to 1978, as well as compact cars like the Dart from 1963 to 1976.

American “gas guzzler” sales fell as a result of the 1973 oil embargo, which prompted Chrysler to create the Dodge Aries K platform compact and midsize automobiles for the 1981 model year.

The 1980s Chrysler business revival is attributed to the K platform and its modifications. The Dodge Caravan is one illustration. Along with the larger Dodge Intrepid, the Dodge Stratus saw a lot of sales during the 1990s.

Between 1998 and 2009, Dodge underwent a number of ownership transitions at Chrysler, including the 1998 to 2007 merger with Daimler-Benz AG, the sale to Cerberus Capital Management that followed, the 2009 government bailout, the Chapter 11 bankruptcy that followed, and the takeover by Fiat.

2011 saw the separation of Dodge from its sub-brands, Dodge Ram and Dodge Viper. In a statement, Dodge stated that Ram would be a separate brand and the Viper would be an SRT product. SRT was once again incorporated into Dodge in 2014.

Later that year, the Chrysler Group changed its name to FCA US LLC to reflect the incorporation of Fiat S.p.A. and the Chrysler Group into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a single corporate entity. A second merger between FCA and the PSA Group (Stellantis) took place on January 16, 2021, making the automaker with Dutch headquarters the second-largest in Europe behind Volkswagen.

Who founded Dodge?

Dodge was founded by the Dodge brothers, John Dodge and Horace Dodge, in 1900 to supply parts to various automotive companies popping up in Michigan, including Ford.

In 1913, the brothers went to set up Dodge Brothers Motor Company, and by 1914, they designed their first car. They gave several industry firsts, like all steel bodies and powerful engines. This made Dodge Brothers the second best selling car brand in 1916.