An American automobile legacy that began in 1900, Dodge was founded by two brothers who had close ties with the car industry. Unlike some of the other great American car brands, Dodge was acquired relatively early on by Chrysler in 1928 where they have remained until today.
Being an American company, you may wonder where Dodge vehicles are made. We’ll answer that below and are other important information about the company.
Most Dodge vehicles are made in the United States. Its main assembly plants are located in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. However, not all vehicles are made in the USA, and they have assembly plants in Mexico and Canada.
Which Dodge Vehicles are American Made?
Before you purchase a Dodge vehicle we recommend checking the VIN to see what country it was made in. However, some of the cars that Dodge commonly makes in the United States include:
|Dodge Viper||Detroit, Michigan|
|Dodge Caliber||Belvidere, Illinois|
|Dodge Nitro||Toledo, Ohio|
|Dodge Durango||Detroit, Michigan|
|RAM 1500||Sterling Heights, Michigan|
|RAM 1500 Classic||Warren, Michigan|
|Dodge Dakota||Warren, Michigan|
|Dodge Dart||Dundee, Michigan|
|Dodge Avenger||Sterling Heights, Michigan|
Overall, Dodge performs well at making their cars in the United States.
Keep in mind that we mean assembly when we talk about manufacturing, but this is widespread throughout the auto industry. You can’t find many companies that produce everything in the United States. For that reason, you have to give some leniency.
How to Tell Where They Produced Your Dodge
By understanding the VIN on your vehicle, you can learn where they produced your Dodge vehicle. At the start of 1954, the National Highway Safety Administration began to require automakers to use a standardized VIN system. You can usually find the VIN in the following locations:
- Rear-wheel well
- Underneath the spare tire
- Front of the car frame
- Front of the engine block
- Driver-side doorpost
- Inside the door jamb on the driver’s side
Now that you know where to look for a VIN, let’s have a look at the VIN code and what it means since it can help you to pinpoint the origin of your Dodge vehicle:
|Country of Origin||Code|
|United States||1, 4, 5|
Look at the first digit to determine where they made the vehicle, and if you want an American made vehicle, you want to look for a 1, 4 or 5. One of the great things about the auto industry is that they can’t legally mislead you. They must show the information in the VIN, and if you know what to look for, you can guarantee American made every time.
Who Owns Dodge?
Dodge is owned by Stellantis and has been since 2021 when Fiat Chrysler merged with French PSA Group. Stellantis is the fourth-largest automaker based on volume and s has 14 brands underneath it.
On January 21, 2014, when Fiat S.p.A. first took over Chrysler, they acquired Dodge as one of the subsidiaries under the Chrysler label. Fiat bought all the remaining shares of Chrysler for $3.65 billion and Dodge fell under that label as well when they merged Chrysler with Fiat. Technically, Dodge has had multiple owners over the years from 1998 to 2009 as a result of being under Chrysler. The Chrysler brand struggled immensely in the Financial Crisis of 2008 and nearly went bankrupt.
How Many Jobs Does Dodge Give to Americans?
We’d love to give a straightforward answer, but the biggest issue is how Dodge falls under the Stellantis umbrella, the fourth-largest automaker in 2022. That means that you have many famous subsidiaries under Stellantis—14 in total. You will soon notice how many of the Dodge vehicles made at US manufacturing facilities will be made at factories that also make Chrysler and Jeep models.
If we had to estimate how many people Stellantis hires in the US, we would say that they hire around 25,945 American workers. This covers all of the Stellantis facilities, but it doesn’t always mean that they make Dodges there. However, when you buy an American made Dodge or any vehicle under Stellantis, it supports those workers. Overall, we would say that Dodge does a decent job at keeping it made in the USA even if they produce some of the cars and trucks in Mexico and Canada.
Where is the Dodge Promaster Made?
The Saltillo Van Assembly Plant, located in Saltillo, Mexico, produces all the Dodge RAM Promaster Trucks. They build it right alongside the RAM pickup trucks like the 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 built for the global markets. It should come as no surprise that Saltillo, Mexico, sits just three hours and 36 minutes from Laredo, Texas.
Where is the Dodge RAM 1500 Made?
All of the RAM 1500s were made in the United States. Dodge produces the RAM 1500 at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan where they employ around 6900 workers. At the facility in Warren, Michigan, they make the RAM 1500 Classic Pickup Trucks. Also, an interesting fact about this plant, the facility in Warren is the only factory to produce the RAM 1500 Rebel, and since 2015, all of the 1500 Rebels have come out of the plant in Warren.
However, all of the RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks come from the facility in Saltillo, Mexico. You know where this market for manufacturing goes because of how out of the hundreds of configurations and several models produced in Saltillo, they only sell the 2022 RAM 2500 Limited, 2022 RAM 2500 SLT, and the 2022 RAM 4000 Chassis Cab to the Mexican markets. You can bet that most of the other models go to the United States.
Here is a video showing Ram 1500 trucks being made in Michigan.
Where is the Dodge Journey Made?
The Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico, produces the Dodge Journey. However, they only plan to sell this vehicle model to the Mexican and Chinese markets, so you will never see those models in the United States unless they bring them up from Mexico.
Where is Dodge Durango Made?
They make the Dodge Durango at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The Dodge Durango is the primary vehicle, in fact, that they make there. The plant hires around 6,500 employees, which the size of the operation. The Jefferson North Assembly Plant is a 3,000,000 square foot Chrysler Plant where they also produce the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge, announced plans to invest $900 million into the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, and between the Jefferson North Assembly Plant and the Mack Assembly Plant, they will employ around 10,000 workers.
Where Are the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger Made?
They produce both the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger at the facility in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Along with those two Dodge models, they make the award-winning Chrysler 300 at this facility as well. This is a 2,950,000 square foot facility that they first built in 1961. It sits close to other Stellantis facilities and may eventually be converted into a plant for making batteries for Dodge because of that fact.
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What Does Dodge Not Make in the United States?
If we had to advise on what you wouldn’t want to buy from Dodge, we would say to avoid the following vehicles since they make them either in Canada or Mexico:
- Dodge Charger (Brampton, Ontario)
- Dodge Challenger (Brampton, Ontario)
- RAM 2500 (Saltillo, Mexico)
- RAM 3500 (Saltillo, Mexico)
- RAM 4000 Chassis Cab (Saltillo, Mexico)
- Dodge Promaster (Saltillo, Mexico)
- Dodge Grand Caravan (Windsor, Ontario, and Fuzhou, China)
We would especially recommend caution with the RAM trucks since many of those trucks come from Mexico.
Is Dodge Made in China?
We would say that, by and large, Dodge doesn’t make most of its vehicles in China, but the Dodge Grand Caravan was made in Fuzhou, China. The Dodge Journey was also sometimes made in China, but they intended this model more for the Chinese and Mexican automobile markets. You won’t see it sold in the United States. Dodge only has two models that we know of that they produce in China.
Where are the Dodge Hellcat and the Dodge Demon Made?
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Demon is produced at the facility in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. You could say that the facility in Brampton handles the building of all the Dodge muscle cars. If you wanted the most extreme version of the Dodge muscle car, we would recommend the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Where Are Dodge Engine Parts Made?
This is where we see Dodge outsourcing more of the work to China is with the engine parts. Under the Mopar Product Line, they serve as an OEM accessory seller for Stellantis. In fact, when you look at the name it borrows the first two letters of “Motor” and the first three letters of “Parts.” At this facility, they make the auto parts for Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and RAM.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t produce anything in the United States, however. For example, they build the 6-liter HEMI engines at the Mack Avenue Engines Complex in Detroit, Michigan. All of the 3.6-liter engines are made at their facility in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico. Most of the transmissions are also made there.
They also have a facility in Germany where they make the 8HP90 transmission for the Hellcat Charger. As one auto mechanic pointed out to us, they produce many of the auto parts in China because it lowers the overall total cost of ownership. If you had the same part made in the USA, it could sometimes cost double or even triple, making it unfeasible to produce in mass quantities in the United States.
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Dodge, overall, does a fair job at producing its vehicles in the United States. We have seen worse, and even if they only handle the assembly in the United States, it still gives over 25,945 jobs to Americans. We would call that a definite win for America. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.
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