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History Of The Jeep Brand

The Jeep brand has a long and storied lineage. The history started decades before World War II and the brand has seen a multitude of owners. In the section below, you will find some notable milestones of the brand's existence.

Year Event
American Motors is purchased by Chrysler Corporation.
The first Wrangler (YJ) is introduced as a replacement for the long-running CJ lineup. The YJ features square headlights and a wider.Body than the CJ.
The Comanche (MJ) pickup debuts. This vehicle is based on the same architecture as the Cherokee.
The new Cherokee (XJ) is introduced to compete in the growing compact SUV market.
The CJ-10 and CJ-10a are introduced. These two models are quite rare. The CJ-10a is powered by a Nissan diesel engine, low-range gearing and a Dana 70 rear axle. The CJ-10a is capable of towing up to 20 tons, and is primarily used as an airplane tow vehicle.
The CJ-8 "Scrambler" is introduced. Only 27,792 of these vehicles are produced. Though rare, these vehicles are very sought after for restoration.
The Jeep II concept is unveiled. This vehicle strongly resembles the original Willys MB and was designed to address fuel economy concerns.
Offering an optional automatic transmission, the CJ-7 starts its 10-year run. This vehicle is slightly longer than the CJ-5. A total of 379,299 units are produced.
Willys-Overland resurrected as a wholesale/retail parts business.
American General is spun off from American Motors Corporation. This company later produces the HMMWV.
American Motors Corporation takes over Kaiser-Jeep.
The DJ-6a is developed exclusively for postal use. AM General continues to produce this model throughout the 1980s.
The Willys Jeepster Commando, based on the CJ-6 chassis, is introduced. This vehicle is offered in roadster, station wagon, pickup, or a power-top convertible.
The Gladiator J-Series pickup debuts as a replacement for the Willys Pickup.
Kaiser-Jeep discontinues production of Willys wagons and trucks, retiring the Willys name with the line.
The DJ-5 replaces the DJ-3a model for use as a delivery and tour vehicle.
The DJ-6 is introduced as a long-wheelbase version of the DJ-5.
The CJ-5A and CJ-6A Tuxedo Park editions begin production.
Company changes name to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation.
The J-Series Wagoneer debuts. Larger than the Willys Wagon, this vehicle is the first four wheel drive SUV featuring an automatic transmission.
The M606 is developed from the CJ-3B. Heavy-duty options are added to make the vehicle suitable for military use.
The M151 begins production under a joint effort of Jeep, AM General, and General Motors.
Production of the FC-170 DRW (dual rear wheel) truck begins.
Production of the FC-170 truck begins.
Production of the FC-150 truck begins.