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Created in 1900 as the Dodge Brothers Company, Dodge was sold to Chrysler in 1928. Like Chrysler, it is currently a division of the Stellantis corporation. Dodge is likely most famous for their ‘69 Dodge Charger Daytona, which won the Talladega 500 in 1969. It was the first car in NASCAR’s history to reach 200 miles per hour.
When Horace and John Dodge still owned the company, the first automobile they manufactured was the Dodge Model 30-35 touring car in 1914. The Model 30-35 originally sold for $785, the equivalent of $18,500 in current value. Today, Dodge mainly produces trucks, full-sized passenger cars, sports cars, and SUVs. Their well-known models include the Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Ram truck series. The highest selling period for Dodge was between the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, selling over a million vehicles a year for 14 consecutive years.
Dodge has announced several plans for the future, including retiring their popular models, the Charger and Challenger, in 2024. They intend to join many other vehicle manufacturers in focusing on green energy models, intending to reveal their first EV model in 2022. Dodge has previously said they will produce their first muscle car EV by 2024 and a battery-powered version of the Ram 1500. This vehicle is meant to compete with Ford's EV truck, the F-150 Lightning.