American Motors (AMC) was formed by the merger of Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator Corporation in 1954. Jeep together with its commercial side, General Products Division, later to become AM General Corporation, became part of AMC when Jeep was aquired from Kaiser Jeep in 1970.
A partnership with the French automaker Renault, who ended up owning almost half of AMC, in 1979 resulted in the Alliance, produced from 1983-87. The AM General brand was sold in 1983 due to government regulations. Chrysler Motor Corporation (Chrysler) bought AMC in 1987. Only the Jeep and Eagle brands were continued, but Chrysler closed Eagle down in 1999.