by Patrick Rall
This past weekend brought the drag racing world unique 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte North Carolina, but for Mopar team driver Matt Hagan – things went sour in a big way. During one of the preliminary qualifying rounds Hagan lined up against three other cars from the Full Throttle Funny Car Series and even held an …
This week, Dodge paid homage to their sport-compact history at the Chicago Auto Auto Show. The carbon fiber hood and intake of the Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute are definitely meant to catch the eyes of SRT-4 Neon fans, but if you’re looking for a fat front mount intercooler, it’s not there. The only performance mods …
SRT Brand and Motorsports President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant in 2010. The plant is being re-opened for the new Viper.
Chrysler Group LLC will reopen its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit for the production of the next generation SRT Viper. With the plant’s reopening, nearly 150 jobs, both hourly and salaried, will return to the City of Detroit. The Conner facility was idled when production of the Dodge Viper ended in July 2010.
“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.”
Current Chrysler Group hourly employees who previously worked at Conner were first offered the opportunity to return to their home plant. The balance of the positions will be filled by hourly employees volunteering to transfer to the Conner Avenue plant.
In preparation for the reopening, the Conner facility will begin its transformation by implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a system that is focused on reducing waste and making continuous improvements throughout the assembly process to improve quality and productivity.
Viper production began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant, then moved to the Conner Avenue site in October 1995. All Vipers that rolled off the line were hand-built in a low-volume, modular process. Over the course of 15 years, Conner Avenue employees built about 12 vehicles a day for a total of 22,070 Vipers.
by Patrick Rall For this year’s SEMA show, the Chrysler Group’s Mopar division put together two massive displays, one inside and one outside, both packed full of gorgeous modern and vintage Chrysler Group vehicles. In addition to those vehicles in the Mopar indoor display or the Mopar Midway running between the Las Vegas Convention Center’s …
We have so many SEMA photos we don’t know what to do with them all. Fortunately, we have a boss to tell us. “Get more Mopar photo galleries up! Make them awesome! SUPER AWESOME!” Click here to see why the boss man gets paid the big bucks to make good decisions.