Cars, trucks, and Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep by year

Before Maxwell was called “Chrysler”

Chrysler begins with revolutionary cars

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The war years

Postwar: filling the demand for cars

The high-style body-on-frame cars, 1950s-1959

Unit-body to muscle: the 1960s

Chrysler had several major technological transitions through the years; arguably, the first was the move from body-on-frame to unit-body, and they handled it with startling speed. Instead of switching one model or body size at a time, they moved just about every car at once, only leaving behind models with very small sales. Amazingly, they managed the change almost flawlessly.

The 1970s: downsizing and depowering

Front wheel driven, electronically controlled: the 1980s

The 1990s: from losses to industry-leading profits

Under the thumb of Daimler (1999-2007) and Cerberus (2008-09)

Resurrected as part of Fiat: 2009 and beyond

  • 2010: carryover cars and some new Daimler-Cerberus-Fiat launches
  • 2011: critics start to praise the new cars
  • 2012: the year the turnaround gathered steam, “halftime in America,” with car prices
  • 2013: more new cars and trucks, more praise, better sales
  • 2014: continuing recovery
  • 2015: sales continue to rise but delays are starting to show
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