Dodge 100 Years

Dodge 100 Years

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DIVIt was 1900 when Horace and John Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company, in a machine shop in Detroit, Michigan. The high-quality components they produced advanced the dawn of the American automotive industry, appearing in the famous Curved Dash Olds and Henry Forda€™s Model A. Soon, the brothers became the exclusive supplier to Ford, a position they would hold for over a decade before striking on their own in 1913 to produce their first car a year later./divDIV /divDIVIn Dodge 100 Years, renowned automotive journalist Matt DeLorenzo provides an unrivaled chronicle of Dodge throughout the past century. Starting with the companya€™s modest beginnings in the 1900s, DeLorenzo recounts the brothersa€™ decision to venture into full auto manufacturing, their untimely deaths in 1920, and the companya€™s purchase by Chrysler in 1928. The booka€™s rich history also tells the tale of Dodgea€™s role in the a€œarsenal of democracya€ during World War II and its iconic lineup during the late 1950s. The Dodge story is not without its struggles, though: while the division played a key part in the muscle-car wars of the 1960s and early a€™70s, the oil crisis of 1973 took its toll on Dodge and Chrysler as other manufacturers moved toward more efficient models. But under the strong leadership of Lee Iacocca from 1979 onward, Dodge reasserted itself with such vehicles as the K-car and the Caravan minivan. The Dodge story wouldna€™t be complete without speaking to its iconic performance cars like the Viper, Challenger, and Charger, as well as whata€™s in store for its future as indicated by the innovative Dart. Dodge 100 Years is more than a tale of classic American perseverance; it is a celebration of one of Americaa€™s most beloved and enduring automotive brands./divThe financial crisis of 2008 and Chryslera#39;s subsequent bankruptcy in 2009 interrupted Durango production. ... Jeep Liberty, the Nitro was slightly larger, riding on a longer 108.8-inch wheelbase. ... it was aimed squarely at the on-road personal use market, while the Liberty, which had a 106.1-inch wheelbase, was targeted at those who wanted a ... Transmissions included a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic on the 3.7-liter V-6, and a 5-speed automatic with the 4.0-liter engine.

Title:Dodge 100 Years
Author: Matt DeLorenzo
Publisher:Motorbooks - 2014-02-15

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