The1973 oil crisisand its subsequent impact on the American automobile industry led Chrysler to develop theK platformof compact to midsize cars for the 1981 model year. The Kplatformand its derivatives are credited with reviving Chrysler's business in the 1980s; one such derivative became theDodge Caravan.
The Dodge brand has withstood the multiple ownership changes at Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its short-lived merger withDaimler-Benz AGfrom 1998 to 2007, its subsequent sale toCerberus Capital Management, its 2009bailout by the United States government, and its subsequentChapter 11 bankruptcyand acquisition byFiat.
In 2011, Dodge,Ram, and Dodge's Viper were separated. Dodge said that theDodge Viperwould be anSRTproduct andRamwill be a manufacturer. In 2014, SRT was merged back into Dodge. Later that year