- Established - 1941
- Founder - Willys-Overland
- Headquarters - Toledo, USA
The first Jeep was manufactured in 1941 for the US Army during World War II, but the Jeep brand as we know it started in 1945 with the Civilian Jeep, or 'CJ', making it the world's oldest off-road vehicle brand.
The origin of the name is unclear. Some think that the vehicles bore the designation 'GP' and that 'Jeep' is a slurred version of this. Others think that 'Jeep' came from the nickname, 'Eugene the Jeep', a character from Popeye, that troops gave to the vehicles.
Jeeps today sport the same solid front and rear axles that they did when originally created, making them easier to modify after market, according to the driver's needs. Today, Jeep is owned by Chrysler.