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Lenoir City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Lenoir City, TN

1206 Broadway St E
Directions Lenoir City, TN 37772

  • Sales: (888) 690-6183
  • Service: (888) 854-9442
  • Parts: (888) 879-6414

History of Dodge


It is challenging for something to stay relevant over a long period of time.  Things come and go with the changing of the times.  But not Dodge.  Dodge has been around since its start in 1900 and is still going strong over a 100 years later.

Dodge has had the unique ability to adapt and change over the years to stay at the top of the automotive industry.  When Dodge first began it was called the Dodge Brothers Company, and was founded by Horace Elgin and John Francis Dodge.

The Dodge brothers worked well together and were doing well from the very beginning.  Dodge started by making engine and chassis components for automakers like Ford and Olds. In 1903, Dodge began an exclusive contract with Ford.  This contract remained until 1914.   

It was in 1914 that the first Dodge was produced, Dodge Model 30.  This was the same year that Dodge changed their name to the Dodge Brother Motor Car Company.  There were dealerships lining up to sell the Model 30 before it was ever produced.  The Model 30 was remarkable in its time hitting 35 horsepower.  Compare that to the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger, which are both able to reach 707 horsepower.

*2015 Dodge Challenger 
 
                                *2015 Dodge Charger                                          

That first year they produced 249 cars, but by the following year they were producing over 45,000 cars.  And by 1920, they were producing 145,000 cars.  Both brothers passed away in 1920.

In 1928, Dodge was purchased by Walter P. Chrysler.  Since then, Chrysler has now become FCA US LLC.  

Throughout the years Dodge has managed to not only survive, but to strive forward through the Great Depression, 2 world wars, and the ups and downs of the automotive industry.  We here at Lenoir City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Lenoir City, Tennessee are proud that we carry such an important legacy.  

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