Chrysler reopens Conner Avenue plant to build 2013 SRT Viper
I’ve missed the Dodge Viper—if ever a car screamed “muscle,” the Viper was it—so I’m delighted to see that Dodge is planning on bringing out a 2013 SRT Viper late next year. I bet I haven’t missed it as much as the people that used to build it, however. With the re-opening of Chrysler Group’s Conner Avenue assembly plant, at least some of them will be returning to their home plant.
“The next generation Viper will make its return to the product lineup in late 2012 as a 2013 model,” said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re extremely excited that our ultimate American sports car will continue to live on and be produced exclusively here in the Motor City.”
While the first new Vipers won’t be rolling off the line until late in 2012, employees are already being trained. The plant is starting by implementing World Class Manufacturing, a process to reduce waste while increasing quality and productivity. Chrysler said the re-opening brings nearly 150 jobs back to Detroit, and makes it the only auto manufacturer with two plants in the Motor City.