The Scrambler, a mini-pickup-based version of the CJ-7, appears.
Selec-Trac debuts; allows user to switch from full-time 4wd to two-wheel drive.
Debut of the smaller, lighter Cherokee and XJ Wagoneer, the first unibody SUVs, featuring new Quadra-Link front suspension. SJ Wagoneer name changed to Grand Wagoneer. Jeep also begins new joint venture in China, becoming the first American vehicle produced in China since before World War II.
The Comanche pickup, based on the Cherokee, is introduced. Jeep's global sales top 200,000 for the first time. In November, company announces the end of the CJ line.
Jeep Wrangler introduced as 1987 model; is immediately controversial in part because of its square headlights. AMC introduces optional 173-hp, 4.0-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine for XJ-based Jeeps.
Chrysler Corp. buys AMC from Renault for $1.5 billion to obtain Jeep. Chrysler ends production of the J-series pickups. Chrysler dealers offered Jeep franchises.
Jan. 7, 1992
Chrysler executive Bob Lutz drives a ZJ Grand Cherokee from Jefferson North Assembly through a plate-glass window at Cobo Center during the Detroit auto show.
Grand Wagoneer production ends after a 30-year run.
Jeep sales top 400,000 globally for the first time.
Redesigned Wrangler returns to the CJ's traditional round headlights, among other upgrades. Jeep sales top 500,000 globally for the first time.
Toledo successfully campaigns to win construction of an assembly plant to replace the ancient Jeep Parkway site.
Chrysler and Daimler AG join to form DaimlerChrysler.
Jeep introduces Quadra-Drive in redesigned Grand Cherokee, allowing vehicle to move even if only one wheel has traction. Jeep global sales hit a record 675,494.
Toledo North opens and begins building the 2002 Jeep Liberty, with independent front suspension; XJ Cherokee production ends after 17-year run and 2.7 million units.
The first Jeep Wrangler Rubicons are introduced for the 2003 model year.
Jeep shows the Wrangler-based Gladiator concept pickup to wild enthusiasm, but the vehicle is never produced; the three-row Jeep Commander seven-passenger SUV debuts at the New York auto show.
DaimlerChrysler brings out four-door Wrangler Unlimited for 2007 model year; introduces the carlike Compass and Patriot twins, which share a platform with the Dodge Caliber.
Daimler sells Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm with no experience as an automaker. Daimler pays a $675 million premium. Bob Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot, named CEO.
Chrysler Group seeks bankruptcy protection; its assets are acquired -- with government financing -- by Fiat S.p.A. and the UAW Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association health care fund. 789 dealers are eliminated as part of the deal.
Commander production ends. CEO Sergio Marchionne called the SUV "unfit for human consumption."
Liberty production ends; Toledo North down for nearly a year for retrofit for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Global shipments top 700,000 for the first time, the first of four consecutive annual records.
Cherokee production begins, but vehicles are held for months by shift quality concerns. Debuts in October, months behind schedule.