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How many different kinds of cars has Dodge made since its beginning?

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Dodge has produced approximately 50 models of U.S. market automobiles throughout its history, not including its truck and van products. It is difficult to precisely list the different types of cars Dodge has produced due to its rebadging of other manufacturer's cars and its reuse of names.

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Dodge has sold several models under its brand that were produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mitsubishi. The Dodge Colt has at various times been based on the Mitsubishi Galant, Starion and Lancer, while the Dodge Stealth was a rebadged Mitsubishi 3000GT. This latter model caused considerable controversy due to its Japanese origin. The Stealth was planned to be the pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500, but a series of complaints from the United Auto Workers union forced Dodge to replace it with prototypes of the American-built Dodge Viper. The Dodge Lancer is in no way related to the Mitsubishi vehicle of the same name.

Dodge has also reused names for several vehicles distinct enough from one another that it is difficult to consider them members of the same lineage. For example, the original Dodge Lancer from 1959 was a full-size car, but the succeeding version in 1961 was a compact car, and the 1985 revival of the nameplate was attached to a mid-size, five-door hatchback.

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