1875: Walter Percy Chrysler is born in Wamego, Kan.
1912: Walter P. Chrysler begins working for Buick, a subsidiary of General Motors.
1925: The company he joins after leaving GM is renamed Chrysler Corp.
1978: Lee A. Iacocca is named president of Chrysler Corp.
1979: Iacocca asks for a government bailout of his nearly bankrupt company.
1983: Chrysler pays back its $1.5 billion loan seven years early. Chrysler also introduces the first models of minivans, including Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager.
1987: The one-millionth minivan is sold. Sales continue at a steady clip, eventually reaching 12 million sold by 2007.
1987: Chrysler buys American Motors Corp. for $800 million, which adds the Jeep brand to the stable.
1988: Chrysler signs agreement with Fiat to sell Alfa Romeo vehicles in North America. The agreement ceased in 1991.
1998: Daimler-Benz and Chrysler combine in a "merger of equals" forming DaimlerChrysler AG, but Chrysler Group is a business unit of DaimlerChrysler AG.
2001: The Plymouth brand ends production.
2007: DaimlerChrysler AG sells 80.1 percent of Chrysler to hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion.
2009: Chrysler receives another bailout loan from the government — this time for $4 billion — 30 years after the first one.
2009: Daimler separates from Chrysler, relinquishing remaining control and agreeing to pay as much as $600 million into the auto maker's pension fund.
2009: Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Forced to get leaner, the company targets 789 Chrysler dealerships to be closed.
2009: Chrysler is sold out of bankruptcy. The new company is run by Fiat, which owns a 20 percent stake. The remainder is split between the U.S. government (10 percent), the Canadian government (2.5 percent), and a trust fund managed by the United Auto Workers union, (68 percent).
2010: Chrysler unveils its only new product, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, in the second quarter, while reporting a $172 million loss. New models still in the pipeline.
2010: Chrysler owner Fiat plans to introduce its Fiat 500 subcompact at selected Chrysler dealerships nationwide. Fiat-controlled Alfa Romeo vehicles are also slated to be reintroduced later in the United States.
Compiled by Times newsresearcher Caryn Baird and columnist Robert Trigaux.