Jeep became the 4 wheel drive vehicle of the United States and Allied Army during World War II, as well as the postwar period. This term became common throughout the world after the war. The original Jeep is a prototype Bantam BRC. Willys MB Jeeps began production in 1941 specifically for the military, arguably making them a four-wheel mass production vehicle now known as an SUV.
Jeep is an American car brand that is a division of FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group, LLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand, along with the remaining assets of its owner, American Motors, in 1987. The division is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. The Jeep series of products currently consists only of sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles, but also include pickup trucks in the past.