A Century of Dodge: From Detroit to Lower Mainland, BC
Though it is now a member of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the company began as a parts manufacturer in Detroit, Michigan. The Dodge brothers, Horace and John, switched from creating parts of Ford to building full vehicles in 1914. Their original factory operated until 1980. Unfortunately, the pair didn’t get to enjoy their success. Both succumbed to illness in 1920. The company survived their passing and began a long association with Chrysler in 1928.
Dodge's Most Famous Cars
Dodge produced many popular autos, including the Charger, Dart, Daytona, Ram, and Viper.
However, the brand might be best known, at least in North America, for producing the minivan. The Caravan and Grand Caravan, first launched during the 1984 model year, are among the world’s most sought-after family vehicles. Even today, almost four decades after the first seven and eight-seaters rolled out of the factory, Dodge remains at the top of this niche.
What Can Lower Mainland, BC Drivers Find at Dodge Dealerships?
Dodge became part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2014.
This association has allowed the carmaker to focus on what it does best. The time-tested minivans, HEMI-powered performance cars, and trucks that have always been a part of the Dodge stable are now its primary focus.
This minivan, which first hit the road in 1983, has been one of the most popular choices for families for almost four decades. The current generation has an array of safety and seating options, including a Stow-and-Go design that allows for 81 different interior layouts.
In addition to airbags and child-seat safety features, today's Dodge Grand Caravans have tech tools like blind-spot monitoring to aid with accident avoidance.
The Dodge Charger went into production in 1966, with the current incarnation hitting the road in 2005.
The Charger highlights Dodge's engine options. Sedan shoppers can choose Pentastar 3.6L V6 that gets 7.8 L/100 km. Meanwhile, more muscular variations include a 5.7L HEMI V8 and a 6.4L SRT V8.
Dodge drivers often value performance, and the Charger brings them the information that they need to assess how the car is working.
This data, including acceleration times, gauges, and even G-force measurements, streams on an 8.4-inch touchscreen that you can also use to control traction and other settings.
The Challenger is a sports car that came back to life in the 2000s after first getting produced in the 1960s. The current incarnation, which first rolled off the line in 2008, rivals North American muscle cars like the Ford Mustang.
The Challenger is certainly a classic, but, like many Dodges, it also offers convenience. It is the only car in its class with seating for five, and features like the 10-way adjustable driver's seat show that the vehicle was designed with comfort in mind.
At the same time, the Challenger is all about the experience of driving. Tools like an electronic shifter make this car feel like it is ready for the track.
The Durango is Dodge’s SUV. This midsize utility vehicle first hit the road in 1998. Like its Ram cousins, this truck puts a premium on towing, power, and the ability to handle all types of road and weather conditions.
This auto provides a glimpse into Dodge's towing prowess. Its trucks are class leaders when it comes to hauling, and the Durango can pull 2,812 kg with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 3,265 kg with a 5.7L HEMI V8.
At the same time, a Durango with a Pentastar V6 gets up to 9.6 L/100 km on the highway. This is one of the few times that a car maker truly delivers "the best of both worlds."
Dodge Ram trucks hit the road in 1980, but the Ram logo was on vehicles as early as 1932.
Ram proved so popular during the first three decades that it started producing vehicles using its own nameplate in 2010. The brand even added a work van, the ProMaster, to its lineup in 2014.
Ram showcases the options and flexibility that Dodge and Chrysler Fiat offer.
ProMaster vans come with configurable interiors, while different cab and bed choices make it possible to find the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 truck that fits your exact needs.
At the Forefront of Design and Development
Dodge has also been at the forefront of developing new components. Its HEMI V8 and Pentastar V6 engines provide power to performance and work vehicles. Features like the eTorque mild hybrid system, meanwhile, bring muscle for towing and hauling without increasing fuel consumption.
Many of Dodge's innovations do not involve powertrains. For example, the Stow-and-Go seating design for the Grand Caravan folds chairs and benches down into the floor seperately. The result is a total of 81 possible interior configurations.
Other unique elements, like the RamBox Cargo Management System, show that Dodge does not indulge in gimmicks. Instead, it creates designs that make using your vehicle easier.
Dodge Service and Parts in Lower Mainland, BC
One of the main advantages of purchasing a Dodge is the wealth of components and certified service people that are available to owners of the brand’s vehicles. Quality dealerships like ours will have manufacturer's and approved third-party parts to meet any repair and maintenance needs and the accredited technicians to install them.
What Can Lower Mainland, BC Drivers Expect in the Future?
Dodge's time-tested vehicles will certainly be rolling out of factories for years to come. Though classics like the minivan and pickup will always be a part of this century-old automaker's offerings, new developments like eTorque hybrid show that it will not shy away from innovation and growth.
Keep an eye on our Lower Mainland, BC dealership to see the latest offerings from this iconic automaker.