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The Evolution of JEEP: A Tale of Ownership Changes

06 Aug 2023
  • How many times was JEEP sold?

The iconic JEEP brand, renowned for its rugged and adventurous vehicles, has undergone several ownership changes throughout its long and storied history. From its humble beginnings to becoming a symbol of American automotive excellence, JEEP's journey has seen it pass through the hands of various companies. In this article, we explore the fascinating saga of how many times JEEP was sold and the impact these changes had on the brand.

JEEP was born during the early 1940s as the United States geared up for World War II. The American Bantam Car Company played a significant role in developing the first prototype, which laid the foundation for the iconic military vehicle. However, it was Ford and Willys-Overland who ultimately won the government contract to produce the Willys MB and Ford GPW models, respectively. Willys-Overland trademarked the name "JEEP," and this laid the groundwork for the brand's future identity.

The fascinating saga of how many times JEEP was sold

The fascinating saga of how many times JEEP was sold

American Motors Corporation (AMC) Takes the Reins

In 1970, Kaiser Industries decided to leave the automobile business, and American Motors Corporation (AMC) took over JEEP. Under AMC's leadership, JEEP experienced both challenges and successes, including the launch of the iconic JEEP Cherokee, which quickly became a best-seller.

Chrysler Corporation's Acquisition

AMC struggled to compete with larger automakers, and by 1987, the company faced financial distress. As a result, Chrysler Corporation stepped in and acquired AMC, bringing JEEP into its stable of brands. Chrysler's resources and marketing prowess revitalized the JEEP brand, and it saw a surge in popularity during the 1990s.

The DaimlerChrysler Era

In 1998, a significant merger took place when German automaker Daimler-Benz (parent company of Mercedes-Benz) merged with Chrysler Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. During this era, JEEP benefited from shared technologies and global expansion through Daimler's international presence.

Cerberus Capital Management Interlude

In 2007, DaimlerChrysler AG sold 80.1% of Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, making it the majority shareholder. JEEP continued to operate under Chrysler's umbrella during this time, but the financial crisis of 2008 brought more challenges to the automotive industry.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Emerges

With Chrysler facing bankruptcy, the U.S. government intervened, and in 2009, Chrysler Group LLC emerged from bankruptcy under the management of Fiat SpA. Subsequently, Fiat and Chrysler integrated, forming Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). JEEP became a crucial part of the FCA lineup, and its popularity soared globally.

Stellantis N.V. and JEEP's Future

In January 2021, FCA completed a merger with PSA Group, a French multinational manufacturer of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, and Opel/Vauxhall. The merged entity was named Stellantis N.V., becoming the world's fourth-largest automaker. JEEP remains one of the prominent brands within the Stellantis portfolio, and its legacy continues to thrive.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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