Saturday, June 20, 2009

Report : Chrysler re-opens its production plants, starting with... the 2010 Dodge Viper at Detroit plant !

Just emerging out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and merging with FiatS.p.A, Chrysler is back, and wants to start fresh. The new Chrysler Group LLC confirmed that it's re-opening its production factories, to restart freshly and hopefully set a new standard. Chrysler announced that by the end of June, eight of its plants will re-open, and start manufacture immediately.

"A restart of production at other Chrysler Group assembly plants will be announced at a later date," the company said in a statement. The plants will first resume production of some 2009 models and will then switch to 2010 models after the normal summer shutdown in July.

The first plant to resume its work after the bankruptcy, is the Conner Avenue Plant in Detroit, which is responsible to make the low-volume Dodge Viper. That's right, after all the rumors of the sale of the Viper brand name, it seems that after Fiat own the rights of the name, the Dodge Viper is still for at least the next model year. The 2010 Dodge Viper hasn't changed from the 2009 model, but the recipe for the Viper is already amazing. An 8.4L V10 packing over 600 hp, through a 6-speed manual and no driver aids make the Viper the ultimate American supercar.

Following the new production of the Viper, are seven more plants that will officially re-open by the 29th of June. The plants that will re-open are as follow:

* Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Sterling Heights, Mich.) – Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger

* Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich) – Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota

* St. Louis North Assembly Plant(Fenton, Mo) – Dodge Ram

* Toledo Supplier Park (Toledo, Ohio) – Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

* Brampton Assembly Plant (Brampton, Ontario) – Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger

* Windsor Assembly Plant (Windsor, Ontario, Canada ) – Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan

* Toluca Assembly Plant (Toluca, Mexico) – Dodge Journey and Chrysler PT Cruiser

Source : [Chrysler Group LLC via CNN]

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