The new Chrysler Group, LLC exited from bankruptcy last week, yet its factories have remained closed. CNN Money reports that this streak of inactivity will end when the 115 workers that assemble the Dodge Viper return to business at the Conner Avenue plant in Detroit. The start-up of Chrysler's smallest plant ends seven weeks of shuttered facilities.
Despite Fiat taking a stake in the Viper's parent company, Chrysler, the high-horsepower snake is likely still up for sale. In the meantime, Chrysler could likely use the added revenue that comes with selling 600 horsepower, $90,000 supercars. That the facility will soon be up and running is a good thing, too, as it signifies some demand for a Dodge-brand legend that could live on – even if it is to do so under a different corporate umbrella.
All-in, The Pentastar has only sold 25,000 copies of the Viper since it went on sale in 1992. Thanks for the tip, Dave!