Modern versions of the Jeep include the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Patriot and Renegade. There have been many different model types of Jeep produced since its invention during World War II.
The first Jeeps were the Model MB manufactured by Willys-Overland and the Model GWP manufactured by Ford Motor Company for use by the United States military in 1941. Willys produced the first civilian model, the CJ, in 1945. They held the rights to the trademark until 1953 and produced the Willys Jeepster during this time. Willys was acquired by Kaiser Motors who produced the DJ (Dispatcher Jeep), FJ (Fleetvan Jeep), Commando and SJ Wagoneer and J-Series models under the Kaiser-Jeep brand.
Kaiser's Jeep division was sold to American Motors Corporation in 1970, and they continued to produce some models such as the Wagoneer and Commando, but also introduced the Cherokee, Comanche and Wrangler. Shortly after the introduction of the Wrangler in 1987, Chrysler bought out AMC. As of 2014 it continues to own the brand name and produces the more modern sport-utility versions of the vehicle such as the Grand Cherokee, Renegade BU, Compass, Patriot and Cherokee KL. There are plans to reintroduce the Jeep Wagoneer as a full-size SUV.