FCA US LLC Historical Timeline

1875 - 2014
- Walter Percy Chrysler is born in Wamego, Kansas, USA.
- A 17-year-old Walter P. Chrysler begins an apprenticeship as a railroad engineer with Union Pacific in Ellis, Kansas.
- The young train mechanic Chrysler develops and builds his own special tools because, ‘A good mechanic should never trust a tool that he didn't put together and harden himself.’
- Walter P. Chrysler, at the age of 33 and already a top manager at Chicago Great Western Railway, with a monthly salary of $350, buys his first automobile for $5,000 - a white Locomobile Phaeton with a red interior. He takes the car apart and puts it together again several times to get to know its technology. As a result, he learns to drive.
- Walter P. Chrysler becomes production manager of the Buick Motor Company in Flint, Michigan, a subsidiary of the General Motors Company. His starting annual salary with Buick is $6,000. During his time with the company, Chrysler raises daily production from 20 to 550 vehicles. While at Buick, Chrysler works with K.T. Keller, who would succeed him as head of Buick and who would ultimately play a major role at Chrysler Corporation.
- The General Motors Company becomes General Motors Corporation and makes Buick its first division.
- Walter Chrysler becomes President and general manager of Buick. Under his leadership, Buick becomes ‘GM's biggest money maker.’
- Walter P. Chrysler becomes the first Vice President of General Motors Corporation in charge of production, in addition to his responsibilities at Buick.
- Because of differences with GM chief William C. Durant, Walter P. Chrysler, age 45, resigns from his General Motors posts. Only a few months after his resignation, creditors of Willys-Overland Co. recruit Chrysler as Executive Vice President. Chrysler would be given total freedom to operate the company and a two-year contract for the unheard-of salary of $1 million per year. Within two years, Chrysler turns the company around.
- Parallel to that, Chrysler, also at the behest of the creditor banks, revives the Maxwell Motor Company, 90 percent of which belongs to the Chalmers Motor Company.
- Chrysler becomes Chairman of Maxwell-Chalmers Co. in 1921. A year later, the company is renamed Maxwell Motor Corporation. Maxwell Motor Corp. becomes Chrysler Corporation in 1925.
- At Willys, Chrysler hires three engineers, Fred M. Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, three former Studebaker employees who had previously operated an engineering consultant firm in Detroit, to develop the first ideas for ‘a new kind of automobile’ to bring Willys-Overland back to profitability. The three engineers’ initials, ZSB, become the code name of the new dream car. Walter P. Chrysler fulfills his obligation to bring Willys back to profitability - and also manages to bring Zeder, Skelton and Breer to Maxwell-Chalmers to continue work on the ‘ZSB.’
- In New York, Walter P. Chrysler unveils, while still head of Maxwell, his ZSB car, a vehicle bearing the Chrysler name. Walter P. Chrysler displays the ‘Chrysler Six’ in the lobby of the nearby Hotel Commodore, causing a media and industry sensation. Thanks to sophisticated Ricardo combustion chambers, its 6-cylinder ‘L-Head’ engine the Chrysler Six boasted a high level of compression thought impossible up to then, and with 201cid (3.3-liters) capacity, delivered 68 hp at 3,000 rpm. The Chrysler Six, then sensationally fast at almost 70 mph (more than 110 km/h), already had hydraulic four-wheel braking and shock absorbers. The ‘L-Head’ had a crankshaft supported by seven bearings, aluminum pistons and forced lubrication. In 1924, the first year it was produced, almost 32,000 units of the model were sold, the largest number ever of a new American launch.
- On June 6, the Maxwell Motor Company, whose shares are now worth $400 million, is transferred with all rights and obligations to the new Chrysler Corporation, which at the end of the year can already post a net profit of more than $4 million. The next month, Chrysler Canada is established. Chrysler presents the new 1926 Model Four, Series 58, one of the first automobiles ever to use rubber mounts to dampen engine vibrations. A Chrysler Six enters the Le Mans 24 Hours and reaches the finish, although it does not place. At the end of the year there are 3,800 Chrysler dealers in America. Chrysler is the first U.S. automaker to introduce crankshaft vibration dampers.
- The Chrysler range comprises three model series with names to indicate their top speeds: Series 58 (4-cylinder), Series G-70 and Series G-80 (each with 6-cylinder engines). Top model is the E-80 Imperial, the first Chrysler luxury automobile with carburetor pre-heating, 92 hp and special customized body work. The range is complemented in the middle of the year by the Series 60, considered to be a 1927 model.
- The young Chrysler Corporation improves its position of American automakers, moving from 27th to fifth place.
- Chrysler offers four model series: Series 50, 60, 70 and 80 Imperial.
- Chrysler becomes the fourth largest American automaker.
- The Plymouth brand is launched in the lower price segment of the market, beginning with 1929 models. The first Plymouth features a relatively small, 45-hp, 4-cylinder engine. Despite its low price of only $670, it was the first of its class to have hydraulic four-wheel brakes. To raise comfort, its body rested on rubber mounts.
- The DeSoto brand is launched for the middle price segment beginning with 1929 models. Production of the 6-cylinder car begins in July. A year later, 80,000 of them will have been sold. After 14 months, the 100,000th DeSoto is sold, setting a sales record for a newly launched automobile that stands for 30 years.
- Chrysler acquires Dodge Brothers, Inc., a company five times the size of Chrysler. Dodge, in the automobile business since 1914, made the first large series cars with all-steel bodies using Budd patents in 1916. Dodge also is well known for its line of commercial trucks.
- Chrysler automobiles win third and fourth places at the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
- With 160,670 cars sold, Chrysler reaches a record production number, which remains unmatched until 1950. Its range comprises the 4-cylinder models of the Series 52, the 6-cylinder Series 62 and 72 and the Imperial Series 80.
- Chrysler Corp. joins GM and Ford to become the ‘Big Three’ - the three biggest American car makers.
- As a personal initiative, Walter P. Chrysler finances and begins construction of the Chrysler Building in New York, with 77 floors, then the world's tallest building.
- Chrysler offers the Chrysler, Dodge, Imperial, DeSoto and Plymouth brands.
- Chrysler is the first American car manufacturer to use a downdraft carburetor.
- All Chrysler models get steel bodies and fuel pumps (replacing gravity fed gasoline tanks).
- The first Chrysler 8-cylinder premiers in the Chrysler Eight and Imperial.
- Chrysler introduces a revolutionary new engine mount called ‘Floating Power,’ in which a leaf spring below the transmission and rubber bearings separates the engine vibrations from the chassis.
- Plymouth advertises its thus equipped 4-cylinder models with the slogan ‘Smoothness of an Eight, Economy of a Four.’
- An 8-cylinder Chrysler wins the over-three-liter category at the 24 hour SPA race in Belgium.
- Chrysler is the first to introduce power brakes. Bodies are treated against rust for the first time.
- Chrysler engineers develop ‘Oilite,’ a revolutionary new kind of large-pore metal material for leaf springs and joints. Oilite is able to absorb 30 percent of its own weight in oil in its pores, release additional greasing volume under pressure and reabsorb it when the pressure declines again.
- In the middle of the world economic crisis, Chrysler is the only American automobile maker to better its sales figures from the boom year of 1929.
- Chrysler introduces safety glass that crumbles instead of splinters.
- Chrysler launches the revolutionary streamlined automobiles, Chrysler Airflow and DeSoto Airflow. The Airflow Imperial is the first American-produced car with a curved, single-part windshield. Airflow models are also offered for the first time with the optional Chrysler automatic overdrive transmission.
- Walter P. Chrysler resigns as President of Chrysler Corp., but remains Chairman. K.T. Keller, who joined Chrysler in 1926 from General Motors, becomes President.
- Total Chrysler output reaches a million vehicles per year.
- Chrysler's automobile production comprises a quarter of all the cars produced in the U.S.
- Chrysler Mexico and Chrysler de Mexico S.A. established.
- Chrysler presents the first transmissions with fluid coupling (Fluid Drive).
- Walter P. Chrysler dies at age 65 on August 18.
- Chrysler builds its first two ‘Idea Cars’ - vehicles built for both show and experimental use - the Chrysler Thunderbolt and the Chrysler Newport dual cowl phaeton. Six Thunderbolts and six Newports were constructed.
- Chrysler launches the Town & Country, the company's first highly styled station wagon, with a wood and steel body and visible wood ribbing.
- Willys-Overland is commissioned to produce the Jeep®. Legend has it that the name Jeep is a perversion of the initials ‘GP’, the G standing for General and the P standing for Purpose. Another theory has it that the vehicle was named after a popular cartoon character of the '30s, ‘Eugene the Jeep.’ (In 1963 Willys-Overland becomes the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation. In 1970, the American Motors Corporation buys it for $70 million. Chrysler buys AMC in 1987.)
- Chrysler combines its fluid coupling transmission (Fluid Drive) with the semi-automatic ‘Vacamatic.’ Vacamatic is a four-speed transmission that automatically shifts itself between the two lower gears or between the two higher gears when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. The transmission would have to be shifted with a clutch when moving between the low and high gears, however. The luxurious Imperial models get hydraulic power windows.
- Chrysler supplies the Sherman M4A4 tank to the US Army and allies; it is equipped with Chrysler’s ‘Mulitbank’ engine, making it extremely reliable.
- As the last model before the war, the '42 DeSoto gets fold-away headlights of the ‘Airfoil Lights’ type as well as a ‘Simplimatic,’ a semi-automatic transmission combined with fluid coupling.
- Chrysler stops civilian vehicle production in favor of war production, including 500,000 Dodge trucks for military use.
- Chrysler resumes vehicle production, producing slightly modified prewar models. There are new sedan, coupe and convertible versions of the Chrysler Town & Country.
- The first all-new Chrysler models since the war are presented. Chrysler invests $90 million in new tools and equipment. Chrysler introduces padded dashboards for the first time for safety reasons.
- Chrysler is the first American automobile maker to use combined ignition-starter locks.
- Famed car designer Virgil Exner departs Studebaker and joins Chrysler.
- K.T. Keller becomes Chairman; Lester L. ‘Tex’ Colbert is named President.
- Chrysler introduces four-wheel disc brakes and becomes the first American producer to offer electric windows.
- Italian design house Ghia creates the first of many ‘Idea Cars’ for Chrysler.
- Chrysler engineers design the famous ‘Hemi’ V-8 engine with hemispherical combustion chambers, which established American high-performance standards in the '50s and '60s. The HEMI, which took six years to develop, is Chrysler's first V-8 and with its 180 hp, immediately is recognized as the peak of American automotive achievement.
- Chrysler offers ‘Hydraglide’, the first commercially available passenger car power- steering system
- Briggs Cunningham purchases Chrysler Hemi engines for use in his C-2 race cars, designed to race at LeMans. One of three cars finishes in 18th place.
- The Town & Country once again becomes a wagon, minus the wood sides.
- The Chrysler New Yorker paces the Indianapolis 500 race.
- Chrysler builds ‘Jupiter’ research rockets for the U.S. Army.
- The innovative PowerFlite two-gear automatic transmission premieres at Chrysler.
- Dodge introduces the ‘Red Ram’ V8 based on the Chrysler Hemi.
- Chrysler-powered Cunningham C-5R wins third place in Le Mans. A Cunningham C-4R wins at Sebring.
- Chrysler acquires the body-maker Briggs.
- Chrysler opens its test track at Chelsea, near Ann Arbor, Michigan. To honor the new proving grounds, Chrysler test drivers set a new American 24-hour speed record of an average of 118.18 mph (just under 190 km/h) for 2,836 miles.
- Chrysler begins testing a revolutionary gas turbine engine.
- Lee Petty drives a Hemi-powered Chrysler to seven wins and an additional 17 top-five finishes in NASCAR racing.
- A Dodge Royal 500 paces the Indianapolis 500.
- The entry-level Chrysler brand, Plymouth, is also now available with V8 engines.
- Chrysler debuts the ‘Forward Look’ styling of Virgil Exner.
- Chrysler ushers in the performance car era with the introduction of the C-300, the first in a long line of Chrysler ‘letter series’ cars.
- A Chrysler C-300 wins a NASCAR Grand National race for the first time with an average speed of 92 mph (just under 150 km/h). Carl Kiekaefer, of Mercury Outboard Marine Company, forms a racing team using Chrysler C-300 Hemi-powered cars. The team wins an amazing 20 out of 40 NASCAR races.
- Chrysler becomes the first U.S. car maker to offer fully transistorized radios in passenger cars.
- Chrysler introduces a push-button fully automatic transmission, ‘Magic Touch’, mid-year, the three speed TorqueFlite transmission is introduced, also with push-button control.
- A Chrysler experimental gas turbine Plymouth is driven from New York City to Los Angeles.
- A ‘Highway Hi-Fi’ record player is offered as an option.
- Chrysler introduces ‘Torsion Aire’ (torsion bar) suspension, standard on all models.
- In the first formal steps of globalization, Chrysler buys into the French car firm Simca and begins selling Simca vehicles in the U.S.
- Chrysler experiments with multipoint fuel injection in the top performance model 300D, but ultimately sticks with the carburetor.
- Dodge introduces a new, brand-specific V-8 with 5.9-liter capacity. In the following year the capacity of these engines increases to 6.3 liters, the performance is stated as 345 hp.
- Chrysler introduces ‘Sure Grip’, the first limited-slip differential from the big three automakers.
- Chrysler introduces ‘Auto Pilot’ automatic speed control, an industry first.
- Drag racer Don Garlits breaks the 170 mile per hour barrier with a Hemi-powered car.
- A second generation gas turbine Plymouth is driven from Detroit to New York City.
- With the introduction of the Valiant model, Chrysler is now represented in the compact car segment. A revolutionary OHV6-cylinder engine powers the attractively styled model.
- Lester L. Colbert becomes Chrysler Chairman, retains title of President.
- Chrysler makes unitized construction (unibody) standard on all models except the Imperial.
- Chrysler becomes the first American automaker to offer a car record player for 45 rpm discs, with a capacity of 19 small records.
- Third generation turbine car is developed.
- Tuned intake manifolds are available on several models, drastically increasing mid-range torque.
- Chrysler introduces the alternator on the Valiant.
- Chrysler introduces the one-piece aluminum case lightweight version of the TorqueFlite transmission.
- George H. Love is appointed new Chairman. Lynn A. Townsend is named President.
- After 33 years, Chrysler gives up the DeSoto brand.
- Chrysler makes the alternator standard on all makes and models; which helps keep the battery charged in city driving.
- Chrysler introduces cruise control and power locks as options. Bodies are now unitized.
- With two Dodge Dart and Plymouth Fury cars refitted with gas turbines, Chrysler test drivers cross the United States from west to east to prove the reliability of the new drive technology.
- Chrysler introduces a radical new die-cast, aluminum-case gear-reduction starter motor. It is standard on all models.
- Chrysler introduces a new guarantee: five years or 50,000 miles on the drivetrain.
- A Chrysler 300J paces the Indianapolis 500.
- Chrysler builds 51 turbine vehicles; tested by selected customers.
- The Plymouth Barracuda is introduced as a 1964 model, just two weeks before the introduction of the rival Ford Mustang, kicking off nearly 10 years of muscle-car mania.
- Drag racer Don Garlits runs a Hemi-powered race car to 201.34 mph in 7.78 seconds.
- Richard Petty takes over driving duties from his father, Lee Petty, and wins the Daytona 500 and also the NASCAR championship, driving a Plymouth.
- Plymouth takes the first three places at the legendary Daytona 500 NASCAR stock car race. NASCAR rules that at least 1,000 engines must be produced for street use in order to be eligible for racing. This outlaws 426cid Hemi engine. Chrysler withdraws from the remainder of the 1965 season.
- Chrysler builds the 425 horsepower ‘Street Hemi’ engines and returns to NASCAR racing.
- Between February 1966 and July 1975, NASA launched nine Chrysler-built Saturn IBs on two suborbital flights and seven orbital flights (five of which were manned); all flights were successful. Chrysler rockets never experienced a launch failure.
- The Board of Directors of Chrysler Corp. appoints Lynn A. Townsend the company’s new Chairman. Virgil E. Boyd is named President.
- For NASCAR racing, the Dodge Daytona appears with a 58-inch high rear wing and pointed nose. This car was sold to the public to satisfy NASCAR rules that race cars be based on production models and that at least 500 such units had to be sold to qualify.
- Chrysler imports sub-compact cars and trucks from its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors Corp., and offers them under the Dodge and Plymouth labels.
- The American Motors Corporation takes over the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation.
- With the Plymouth Superbird, Plymouth unveils a NASCAR-like car for use on normal roads. Like the Dodge Daytona, it also has a high rear spoiler and aerodynamically shaped, elongated front nose section, and can reach just under 200 mph (more than 300 km/h).
- Chrysler introduces a brake-slip control system, ‘Four-Wheel Sure Brake,’ optional on the Imperial model. This is world’s first true computerized ABS.
- Chrysler buys equity in its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors.
- NASCAR officials restrict engines to 305cid, ending, once and for all, the Hemi engine's dominance of NASCAR racing.
- Chrysler introduces electronic (transistorized) ignition systems on some models. By 1973 it would be standard on all. This greatly increased tune-up intervals and reduced emissions.
- John J. Riccardo becomes Chairman; Eugene A. Cafiero is named President of Chrysler Corp.
- Chrysler introduces Electronic Lean-Burn, the first computer-controlled ignition system, improving fuel economy while reducing emissions.
- Chrysler sells its European operations to Peugeot-Citröen.
- The Dodge Omni and the Plymouth Horizon models lead as the first U.S.-built front-wheel drive car. It is an Americanized version of the Simca Horizon.
- Chairman John Riccardo appoints Lee A. Iacocca President of Chrysler Corp.
- The Chrysler board of directors elect Lee A. Iacocca Chairman. J. Paul Bergmoser is named President.
- U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the Chrysler Corp. Loan Guarantee Act, providing Chrysler with $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees.
- Chrysler sells its Marine Division.
- Lee A. Iacocca is featured in Chrysler advertising, the first time the head of an automaker serves as an advertising spokesperson.
- Chrysler delivers the first M1 Abrams battle tank to U.S. forces, after having won a design ‘shootout.’ As of 2013, this remained the U.S. military’s main battle tank.
- Chrysler sells its defense division to General Dynamics.
- Chrysler introduces the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant—so-called K-cars—
which are instrumental in the financial recovery of the company.
- Planning for the new Chrysler Technology Center begins.
- Chrysler pays off the federal loan guarantees seven years ahead of schedule.
- With the introduction of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler creates a completely new market segment called minivan. The Chrysler formula: the minivans are on a car platform, rather than a truck platform, have the ability to carry seven people and a variety of cargo, and fit in a standard garage.
- Chrysler acquires 15.6 percent of Officine Alfieri Maserati S.p.A.
- Chrysler Corp. reorganizes as a holding company, consisting of Chrysler Motors, Chrysler Financial, Gulfstream Aerospace and Chrysler Technologies.
- Harold K. Sperlich is named President of Chrysler Corp.
- Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. establish the joint venture company Diamond-Star Motors to build small cars in Normal, Illinois, USA.
- Chrysler introduces a 7-year/70,000-mile drivetrain warranty and a 7-year/100,000-mile warranty against corrosion.
- Chrysler Corporation acquires American Motors Corp. for $800 million. AMC is the fourth-largest U.S. automaker. The takeover of AMC also puts the Jeep brand under Chrysler ownership.
- With Jeep, Chrysler assumes control of the brand’s three plants, 1,600 dealers and the Beijing Jeep Corp. joint venture in Beijing, China.
- Chrysler introduces The ‘Eagle’, the first new brand created since 1929.
- After a nine-year interruption, Chrysler resumes exports to Europe with the Chrysler LeBaron Convertible, Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Daytona models.
- Chrysler buys Nuova Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
- Diamond-Star Motors, a Chrysler joint venture with Mitsubishi Motors Corp., starts car production in Normal, Illinois.
- Fiat and Chrysler sign an agreement under which Chrysler will sell Alfa Romeo vehicles in Canada and the U.S.
- Chrysler becomes the first American automobile maker to offer airbags as standard equipment.
- Signs a joint venture agreement with Steyr-Daimler-Puch to produce minivans for the European market.
- Chrysler Technologies is sold.
- Chrysler and General Motors establish New Venture Gear, the first joint venture between two American automobile makers.
- Chrysler sets up the Pentastar Transportation Group, Inc., consisting of four rental-car enterprises: Thrifty Rent-A-Car-System, Inc., Snappy Car Rental, Inc., Dollar Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc. and General Rent-A-Car. Inc.
- Chrysler implements a $1 billion cost-cutting and reorganization program, with emphasis on the automobile business.
- Drag racer Don Garlits goes 287.81 mph in 5.07 seconds in a Hemi-powered dragster.
- Town & Country once again becomes a stand-alone nameplate as Chrysler introduces the first luxury minivan.
- Chrysler sells its holdings in Mitsubishi Motor Corp.
- The first Chrysler minivan leaves the Eurostar assembly line in Austria.
- Lee A. Iacocca inaugurates the $1 billion Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
- The Alfa Romeo U.S. distribution agreement between Fiat and Chrysler ends.
- Al Teague sets a new wheel-driven land speed record of 409.986 mph in a Chrysler Hemi-powered car.
- Robert A. Lutz is named President.
- The Chrysler board appoints Robert J. Eaton Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer.
- Chrysler inaugurates the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, a $1.6 billion project for producing the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Chrysler introduces the Dodge Viper, a two-seat sports car with a V10 engine. It is the first Chrysler designed by a ‘platform team.’ Platform teams are managers and specialists of various disciplines working together in the same location to develop an automobile.
- Drag racer Kenny Bernstein goes 301.70 mph using a 417cid Hemi engine.
- Robert J. Eaton succeeds Lee A. Iacocca as Chairman.
- Chrysler introduces a new line of family cars with an innovative and ergonomically favorable ‘cab-forward design:’ the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision models.
- The sale of 2.5 million Chrysler cars and trucks represents a 14 percent increase over 1992.
- Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the minivan, Chrysler celebrates the sale of the four-millionth minivan, a Dodge Grand Caravan.
- Chrysler sells Nuova Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A and its subsidiaries to MezaTech Ltd.
- Production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee model begins in Austria.
- Chrysler reports its all-time highest net earnings of $3.7 billion from revenues of $52.2 billion.
- Chrysler expands presence in Japan with $100 million distribution investment.
- Chrysler's hybrid-electric car, the Patriot, wins the ‘Discover Award’ for technological innovation.
- Chrysler Corporation announces construction of its own production plant in Argentina.
- Preparations are made to build a new Chrysler V-6 engine plant.
- Chrysler chief Robert J. Eaton dedicates the new company head office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a 15-story complex of buildings, crowned by a two-story glass Chrysler Pentastar.
- Chrysler introduces the Plymouth Prowler, the world's first production hot rod.
- Chrysler breaks ground for the Chrysler Historical Museum.
- Chrysler introduces the 1998 Dodge Durango, a mid-size sport utility vehicle.
- Chrysler announces it will discontinue the Eagle brand at the end of the 1998 model- year.
- Chrysler introduces the second-generation 1998 model Chrysler Concorde and Dodge Intrepid.
- Chrysler opens an office in Singapore for its Asia-Pacific region headquarters.
- Chrysler performs research in fuel cell technology with the aim of improving fuel efficiency by 50 percent.
- Chrysler introduces the concept Dodge Intrepid ESX, a car with hybrid propulsion.
- At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Chrysler presents the CCV (Composite Concept Vehicle), a car with a molded plastic shell, which can be largely made of recycled material.
- In the U.S. car market, the share of Chrysler vehicles rises from 13.1 percent in 1992 to 14.9 percent at the end of 1997.
- Chrysler has five right-hand-drive automobiles in its range: Chrysler Neon, Chrysler Voyager, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Thomas T. Stallkamp is named President.
- Chrysler introduces the 1999 Chrysler LHS and Chrysler 300M sedans. The 300M continues the legacy of the famous ‘letter series’ cars made from 1955 to 1965.
- Chrysler introduces the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Chrysler celebrates 15 years of minivan leadership and the sale of over seven million units.
- Daimler-Benz and Chrysler agree to combine their businesses in a ‘merger of equals’ forming DaimlerChrysler AG. The former Chrysler Corporation operates as Chrysler Group — a business unit of DaimlerChrysler AG.
- The Dodge Durango introduces its first sport-utility vehicle since the Ramcharger. Durango's ‘smart’ mix of full-size SUV capability and compact size and maneuverability creates an instant success and leads to record year for Dodge truck sales.
- James P. Holden is named President of Chrysler.
- Chrysler is the first automaker to respond to the National Transportation Safety Board’s request to form a national system of permanent child safety seat fitting stations with the start of Fit for a Kid — a free, dealer-based child passenger safety seat inspection service.
- Dodge announces its return to NASCAR.
- Dr. Dieter Zetsche is appointed President and CEO of Chrysler.
- Chrysler reveals the Chrysler 300 HEMI C concept vehicle at North American International Auto Show.
- The Impact Simulation Laboratory at the Chelsea Proving Grounds runs its 20,000th test.
- Dodge marks its return to NASCAR by securing the pole position for the Daytona 500.
- The Plymouth brand ends production.
- Chrysler introduces the power sliding door obstacle system for opening and closing the doors on the minivan.
- Chrysler launches SEATCHECK — a national campaign with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to connect parents and caregivers to child passenger safety seat technicians in their area.
- Production of new 5.7-liter HEMI for 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks begins.
- Chrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. celebrate the groundbreaking for the joint venture Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) to produce 1.8-, 2.0- and 2.4-liter naturally aspirated and 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline-powered aluminum four-cylinder World Engines with four valves per cylinder and dual variable valve timing.
- The Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle concept—a ‘rolling sculpture’ showcasing the Viper engine—is unveiled at North American International Auto Show.
- Chrysler launches the Road Ready Teens safety education initiative. The home-based program offering parents and teens with the tips and tools necessary to ease teens safely into driving.
- Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep sell more than 1 million alternative-fuel vehicles.
- Chrysler and Dodge brands sell more than 10 million minivans.
- The new HEMI is named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines.
- Chrysler exhibits its engineering and design prowess with the release of the Chrysler ME-412 concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show.
- Chrysler earns the National Safety Council’s Green Cross for Safety Award in recognition of its vehicle safety innovations, support and sponsorship of public safety initiatives and its leadership in employee safety and health.
- The introduction of the 2005 Chrysler 300 marks the return of the great American car. The Chrysler 300 is named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.
- The 2005 Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum R/T become the first modern high-volume vehicles produced in North America to feature the 5.7-liter HEMI engine with cylinder deactivation.
- NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan sets the ‘World’s Fastest Production Truck Record’ for the Guinness Book of World Records in a Dodge Ram SRT-10.
- The Chelsea Proving Grounds celebrates 50 years of testing and engineering.
- Tom LaSorda is appointed President and CEO of Chrysler. Dieter Zetsche becomes Chairman of the Board of Management and head of Mercedes Car Group for DaimlerChrysler AG.
- Chrysler tests U.S. market for diesel products with the launch of the Jeep Liberty CRD.
- Chrysler demonstrates creative and mechanical expertise with the introduction of the Jeep Hurricane concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show. The concept featured two 5.7-liter HEMI engines and the ability to turn on all four wheels in the same direction allowing the vehicle to move sideways.
- Chrysler 300 is named North American Car of the Year.
- The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance begins volume production of World Engine at facility in Dundee, Mich.
- Chrysler announces the first full-size diesel-powered SUV to be sold in the U.S. and Canada with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD.
- The second World Engine plant opens in Dundee, Mich.
- The Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico marks one millionth Chrysler PT Cruiser manufacturing milestone.
- Chrysler unveils the all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans at the North American International Auto Show.
- Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management-DaimlerChrysler AG, confirms that ‘all options are on the table’ concerning the future of the company’s Chrysler business unit during DaimlerChrysler’s annual press conference in Auburn Hills, MI.
The same day, Chrysler unveils its Recovery and Transformation Plan designed to:
return the company to profitability by 2008
achieve a return on sales of 2.5 percent by 2009
and redesign the business to sustain long-term success. 
- The Dodge Demon concept is revealed at the International Motor Show in Geneva. The Dodge Demon—a B-segment roadster—is designed to be an affordable Dodge sports car that merges brand cues of bold design and powerful performance with an open-air ‘fun-to-drive’ attitude.
- Nearly one million HEMI -equipped vehicles with MDS technology are on the road, saving more than 60 million gallons of fuel each year.
- DaimlerChrysler AG enters into a definitive agreement to sell 80.1 percent of Chrysler and related financial services business to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for $7.4 billion.
- Bob Nardelli is appointed Chrysler Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Tom LaSorda becomes Chrysler Vice Chairman and President.
- Jim Press joins the company as Chrysler Vice Chairman and President, serving the position alongside Tom LaSorda.
- Chrysler LLC creates a group called ENVI that will develop electric-drive vehicles that support the vision of our Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands. Derived from the word ‘environment,’ ENVI is a dedicated in-house organization charged with making Chrysler the leader in advanced-propulsion technologies.
- In the area of productivity, the Harbour Report shows Chrysler equaled Toyota as the most productive auto manufacturer in North America.
- The Dodge Journey is introduced. It is a right-sized crossover that combines the versatility of a larger sport-utility vehicle with the efficiency of a passenger car and offers class-leading 25 miles per gallon highway.
- Nearly 40 years after the debut of the original, Dodge brings the Challenger back. The Dodge Challenger, a modern muscle car, comes with a fuel-efficient V-6 option and an aggressive entry-level price.
- The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram marks its entry in the crew-cab segment, which represents half of the truck market.
- Mopar® launches industry-first wireless Internet connectivity for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge consumers. The Uconnect family of technologies provides consumers with phone, GPS, music, video and Web connectivity.
- Since the Dodge Grand Caravan’s birth 25 years earlier, 65 minivan-firsts lead to more than 12 million Chrysler and Dodge minivan sales throughout the world, solidifying Chrysler’s leadership in the segment.
- Chrysler launches its first hybrids, the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango. Both deliver a 25 percent overall improvement in fuel economy without sacrificing performance or the towing capabilities our customers need and expect.
- Chrysler introduces three advanced electric-drive vehicle prototypes: the Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV.
- Chrysler receives a $4 billion loan from the U.S. Treasury Department to help bridge the economic crisis impacting the auto industry.
- Chrysler records the industry's lowest number of recalls in 2008 as reported by NHTSA -- a total of 360,000, down from 2.2 million in 2007. Additionally, internal warranty data show that Chrysler has achieved the lowest warranty claim rate in its history, with a 30 percent improvement in the last 12 months.
- Chrysler unveils the 200C EV range—extended (ReEV) electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show, totaling five vehicles from ENVI (Dodge Circuit, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler Town & Country prototypes and the 200C EV concept).
- Fiat S.p.A, Chrysler LLC and Cerberus Capital Management announce non-binding term sheet agreement to establish a global strategic alliance.
- Chrysler unveils all-new 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty at the Chicago Auto Show.
- Chrysler LLC introduces the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the New York International Auto Show.
- Daimler announces an agreement on its separation from Chrysler LLC, relinquishing its remaining 19.9% shareholding in the company and agreeing to pay as much as $600 million into the auto maker's pension fund.
- Chrysler LLC reaches an agreement in principle to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A to form a vibrant new company. On the same day, under the direction of the U.S. Treasury, Chrysler LLC and 24 of its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Additionally, Chrysler files a motion under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code requesting the swift approval by the Court of the agreement with Fiat and the sale of Chrysler’s principal assets to the new company.
- Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO, announces his plan to leave the company following the emergence of the new company from Chapter 11 and the completion of the alliance with Fiat.
- Tom LaSorda, Vice Chairman and President, announces his retirement after nearly nine years with the company.
- C. Robert Kidder is named Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chrysler Group.
- The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, approves Chrysler LLC’s request to sell substantially all of its operations to Chrysler Group LLC, the new company formed in alliance with Fiat S.p.A.
- Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat Group finalize their previously announced global strategic alliance, forming a ‘new’ Chrysler that has the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete effectively on a global scale.
- Chrysler Group announced an organizational restructuring to focus on the Chrysler, Jeep , Dodge and Mopar brands. The new leaner, flatter structure is intended to restore brand promise and dealer confidence.
- Chrysler Group completes its nine-member Board of Directors. Joining Kidder on the board: Alfredo Altavilla, CEO of Fiat Powertrain Technologies; James Blanchard, former U.S. Congressman and Governor of Michigan; George F.J. Gosbee, Chairman, CEO and President of Tristone Capital Inc.; Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group and CEO of Fiat S.p.A; Douglas Steenland, former CEO of Northwest Airlines; Scott Stuart, a founding partner of Sageview Capital LLC; Ronald L. Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA); and Stephen Wolf, Chairman of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.
- CEO Sergio Marchionne is named the Industry Leader of the Year and Europe CEO All-Star by Automotive News.
- Chrysler Group creates Ram Truck vehicle brand joining the Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicle brands. The new brand focuses on North American truck and commercial- vehicle customers.
- Chrysler Group became the first U.S. automaker to offer live mobile TV.
- Chrysler Group presents its five-year business plan outlining its brand and industrial strategies to rebuild Chrysler into a vibrant and competitive auto company.
- The editors of Motor Trend name the 2010 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups their ‘2010 Truck of the Year.’
- Chrysler Group announces a $179 million investment to launch production of an advanced technology, fuel-efficient engine for the North American market, to be built at the company’s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Michigan.
- Four Wheeler editors name the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon the Best 4x4 Vehicle of the Decade. The editors also call the four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon the decade’s most significant 4x4 vehicle.
- Chrysler Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), reaches a milestone in the Low-speed Vehicle (LSV) industry by selling more than 40,000 GEM battery-electric vehicles.
- Chrysler Group celebrates the launch of its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine at the all-new Trenton (Mich.) South Engine Plant (TSEP).
- Chrysler Group announces Trenton South Engine Plant (TSEP) is awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System certification for meeting the highest environmental standards. TSEP is just one of four auto manufacturing facilities to receive a LEED rating of any kind and the only engine manufacturing facility in the world to achieve the honor.
- Chrysler Group announces it will develop a new Fiat 500 electric vehicle for the U.S.
- TIME names Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group, to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- Chrysler repays its $7.6 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans, with interest, six years early.
- The Jeep brand celebrates its 70th anniversary; since 1941, more than 15 million Jeep vehicles have been produced.
- Chrysler Group releases its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report represents the first time the company presents its vision for creating a sustainable enterprise via strategies, initiatives and commitments.
- Chrysler Group achieves a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the sixth time Chrysler Group achieves a perfect score on the CEI, which was established in 2002.
- Sergio Marchionne serves as Campaign Chair for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan in 2012.
- One millionth Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Engine is produced at Trenton Engine.
- Chrysler Group’s Dundee (Mich.) Engine Plant, Saltillo (Mexico) Assembly Plant, Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex and Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant each earns bronze status for their efforts in implementing Fiat’s World Class Manufacturing.
- Chrysler House, Chrysler Group’s new downtown Detroit office opens to its first employees.
- Chrysler Group invests nearly $240 million to increase engine production and adds 1,250 jobs at three Detroit -area facilities: Mack Avenue Engine I Plant (Detroit), Trenton (Mich.) North Engine Plant, The Warren (Mich.) Truck Assembly Plant.
- Chrysler Group is earns among the ‘Top Workplaces in Michigan’ by the Detroit Free Press.
- The Dodge brand and Brad Keselowski claim the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
- Chrysler Group earns a perfect score in the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Corporate Equality Index, for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace policies and benefits.
- All-new 2013 Ram 1500 is earns the Motor Trend ‘Truck of the Year.’
- The 2013 Ram 1500 earns ‘North American Truck/ Utility of the Year.’
- Chrysler Group invests nearly $374 million and added 1,250 new jobs in north-central Indiana, making it the largest transmission installation in the world. The announcement included an investment of $212 million at Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and Indiana Transmission I Plants for additional tooling and equipment to produce the eight- and nine-speed transmissions, which will add up to 400 new jobs.
- Chrysler Group LLC invests $162 million to establish an assembly site for the nine-speed transmission in Tipton, Indiana - Tipton Transmission Plant - and create up to 850 new jobs.
- Chrysler Group invests $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio; to increase capacity of the torque converter it’s machining for the nine-speed transmission. With this announcement, the company’s total investments in its U.S. operations since June 2009 rose to $5.2 billion.
- Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA open Mopar Operations in South Africa
-Chrysler Group LLC Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering
- Chrysler Group Confirms Investments Totaling $1.249 Billion in Two Saltillo, Mexico, Facilities to Produce Commercial Vehicle and New Line of Engines
-Ram Truck Brand Celebrates ‘Year of the Farmer’ With $1 Million Donation to National FFA Organization
-Production of Award-Winning Pentastar Engine Eclipses 3 Million
- Motor Trend Names Ram 1500 as 2014 Truck of the Year
-Chrysler Group Receives Company of the Year Innovation Award From the National Minority Supplier Development Council
- Chrysler Group Is Perfect Once Again For LGBT Workplace Policies and Benefits
- Chrysler Group’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, 500e Battery-Electric Drive System
Among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2014
- Chrysler Group Reduces Interest Rate on Term Loan
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) Global Highlights
- Fiat Board approves Corporate Reorganization: full merger for Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles 
- Chrysler unveils all-new 200 Sedan for 2015 in Detroit      
- All-new Maserati Ghibli debuts at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Jeep Renegade makes world debut in Geneva
- Maserati Alfieri concept stars at Geneva Motor Show
- Alfa Romeo returns to North America: 4C unveiled at 2014 New York Auto Show
- Agreement to produce Jeep Vehicles in China for Chinese Market
- Investor Day: FCA presents 2014-2018 Business Plan
- Fiat Professional unveils 6th-gen Ducato
- ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ badge for Giulietta and MiTo
- Ram launches 2015 ProMaster City
- Dodge celebrates 100th anniversary
- Dodge unveils Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V8
- New Jeep Renegade goes into production at Melfi (Italy) 
- Fiat shareholders approve merger to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)
- Debut for 2015 Novo Uno for Brazil and Latin America
- Maserati holds Centennial Gathering
- Fiat 500X makes debut at Paris International Motor Show
- Merger to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. completed: FCA makes NYSE debut
- Fiat 500 Abarth launches in Brazil
- New 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan stars at Los Angeles Auto Show
- Jeep sales exceed 1 million, marking 3rd consecutive global record
- Fiat Palio is best-selling car in Brazil
- Fiat leads Brazilian sales standings for 13th year running


Contact Information

Welcome to the FCA US media site.

Search Keywords:
Keywords to exclude:
Please Select Media Type:
Executive Bios
Executive Speeches
Fact Sheets
Media Advisories
Plant Fact Sheets
Press Kits
Press Releases
Product Pricing
Special Reports
Statement In Response
Search All News
Production Period:
Results per page:
Sort by: