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Viper line up and running again

by Bill Cawthon on

The Dodge Viper line at Chrysler’s Conner Avenue plant is back in production, becoming the first of the automaker’s assembly lines to come back online since the company filed for bankruptcy on April 30.

Both Dianna Gutierrez and Max Gates, Chrysler Group spokespersons, confirmed the facility is operational. Other plants are scheduled to reopen later this month.

In an e-mail, Ms. Gutierrez said, “The company will continue to monitor economic indicators as it develops its future operating schedule and will announce plans accordingly.”

Even with the long furlough, Chrysler Group is still planning on its traditional two-week summer shutdown. All production will be suspended during the weeks of July 13 and July 20.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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