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Dieter Zetsche is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysler Group.


Dodge marks its return to NASCAR by securing the pole position for the Daytona 500.

The Plymouth brand ends production.


Chrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company celebrate the groundbreaking for the joint-venture Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance plant in Dundee, Michigan, which will build 1.8-, 2.0- and 2.4-liter engines.

Chrysler’s new HEMI® is named one of Ward’s Ten Best Engines.


The new Chrysler 300-C is named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine and the North American Car of the Year.

Chrysler’s Chelsea [Michigan] Proving Grounds celebrates 50 years of automotive testing and engineering.


Thomas W. LaSorda is named President and Chief Operating Officer.

Chrysler tests the market for diesel products with the launch of the Jeep® Liberty CRD.

The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance begins volume production at its new facility in Dundee, Michigan.


The second World Engine plant opens in Dundee, Mich.

Chrysler teams with Michigan State University and NextEnergy to use a brownfield site in Rose Township, Mich., as research lab for biofuels. A MSU researcher grows and harvests soybeans, sunflowers, corn, canola and switchgrass to test renewable fuel uses.

The Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico marks one millionth Chrysler PT Cruiser manufacturing milestone.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes available for the first time in the U.S. with a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

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.

Nearly 40 years after the debut of the original, Dodge has brought the Challenger back. The Dodge Challenger, a modern muscle car, comes with a fuel-efficient V-6 option and an aggressive entry-level price.

Mopar Launches Industry-first — Uconnect web bringing wireless Internet connectivity to 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 ago, 65 minivan-firsts have led to more than 12 million Chrysler and Dodge minivans sold throughout the world, solidifying Chrysler’s leadership in the segment.

Chrysler launched 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 received a $4 billion loan from the U.S. Treasury Department to help bridge the economic crisis impacting the auto industry.

Fiat S.p.A, Chrysler LLC and Cerberus Capital Management announce non-binding term sheet agreement to establish a global strategic alliance.

Daimler announced 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 reached 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 filed 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.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, approved 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 finalized 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 became the first automaker to provide digital owners’ manuals for its complete lineup of 2010 model-year vehicles.

Chrysler Group became the first U.S. automaker to offer live mobile TV.