History of Chrysler
American car manufacturer Chrysler was founded by Walter Chrysler in the summer of 1925. Just a year earlier the motor enthusiast had created the world's first affordable car with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes and a 6-cylinder engine. However, the initial prototype for the pioneering vehicle was denied entry to the 1934 New York Auto Show so Chrysler ended up parking his design in the lobby at the exhibition venue to allow passing investors to see it.
The firm took off and innovations such as the Fluid drive - the precursor to automatic transmission - helped it to begin making a profit in the 1930s. The combination of the second world war and the death of Chrysler in 1942 meant that automobile production was halted to provide more resources to the war effort. Everything from aircraft engines, tanks and trailer-mounted anti aircraft guns were produced instead of regular vehicles designed for consumer use.
By the 1950s production was in full swing as advertising campaigns were launched and clever features like air-cooled brakes and power steering units became more popular. However, a couple of decades later the whole of the US car industry suffered a drop in sales due to a Middle-Eastern oil embargo - the launch of the Chrysler Cordoba suffered as a result. Fortunately this was a short lived problem and the firm soon regained its footing.
In the early 1990s Chrysler produced an electric vehicle called the Dodge EPIC concept minivan but it failed to capture the public's imagination. Although the second generation of this model was discontinued in 1999, the firm has continued to place a greater emphasis on greener electric and hybrid vehicles, producing three concept cars called the Dodge Zeo, Chrysler ecoVoyager and Jeep Renegade.
Today the Chrysler 200, Town & Country, PT Cruiser and Sebring convertible are in production, providing drivers with a seamless drive that combines both modern amenities with retro sensibilities.