of Renault, Dodge and Karrier Motors. Part 1
here as well The first history page.
go to http://fleetdata.co.uk/renault.html
you will find
a short piece on the renault / dodge history, i never new
renault was made
up in 1978 and took over dodge / karrier in 1980, i knew it was
around then also in 1992 renault only sold 2000 commercial trucks
built at dunstable so closed production that year, so it was 1979
t0 1993 for sure.
also more at
and 10+ dodge50
pictures in the renault and dodge gallery.
Ok Here We
Go, well me anyway.
started life in 1904 in Hudersfield, but not as Karrier motors but
as Clayton and Company, in 1908 that started making Karrier cars
and in 1920 changed names to Karrier Motors Ltd and after a couple
of takeover bids in 1934 the Rootes group aquired Karrier into it's
fold and moved production to Luton closing the Hudersfield operation.
to the uk in 1922 and started out importing american dodge build
ups to build here at a production line in fulham then to Park Royal
and moving production to Kew, dodges built there known as Dodge
In 1965 production
moved to Dunstable where Commer / Dodge and Karrier were all bought
together and the Dodge Badge was started to be used more and by
the mid seventies was on all commer / karrier / Dodge built vehicles.
in 1970 the
Roots Group European arm became Chrysler UK then it was taken over
in 1979 by the Peugeot Talbot group which also included allsorts
of makes like humber cars, in Jan 1980 All Commer / Karrier / Dodge
vehicles officially became Talbot.
Also in 1978
Renault Truck Ind. was created.
no intrest in truck building and sold it on to Renault in 1981.
The 50 series
which was the result in the british goverment in 1975/76 giiving
dodge / karrier / commer / chrysler uk a boost in providing the
money to develop a 3.5 to 7.5 tonne range of vehicles to help keep
the uk truck building business on an even keel.
In 1979 the
50 series came out, 25 years ago this year! Badged as Chrysler Dodge
with a karrier plate
In 1980 the
50 series was badged Dodge with a Talbot Plate
In 1983 the
50 series was badged dodge with a renault plate
In 1985 the
50 series was badged dodge with a renault logo and renault plate
in 1987 the
50 series became the New 50 series, badged as Renault 50 series
with a renault plate.
In 1992 renault
sold less than 2000 uk built commercial vehicles
In 1993 (March)
the 50 series production line was closed as was all the others.
Commer Were no more, Renault UK Built trucks went as well, now it's
the main Renault UK Distribution centre for it's FRENCH built Tractor
In 1994 a group
of chinese people came and took away the entire production line.
In Oct. 2002
dodge50.co.uk was Formed
In Sept 2004
the first dodge50 live forum was held in North Lincs.
In Nov 2004
I wrote This
Thats it for