Chrysler LLC marked a milestone yesterday with the production of its 25,000th Dodge Viper
Chrysler LLC marked a milestone yesterday with the production of its 25,000th Dodge Viper. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC marked a milestone yesterday with the production of its 25,000th Dodge Viper. The vehicle was awarded to Dodge’s NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a ceremony at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant where the Viper is built.

“Reaching this milestone is quite an achievement, considering the Dodge Viper SRT10 is a hand-built performance vehicle,” said Robert Nardelli, Chrysler Chairman and CEO. “This unique manufacturing facility has allowed us to produce a true American legend.”

The Viper was introduced as a concept car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant and was moved to Conner Avenue in 1995, while engine production moved there from Mound Road Engine in 2001. The all-new fourth-generation model was introduced this year.

Each Viper is assembled by 48 workers at 26 work stations, while eight workers build the 8.4-litre V10 engine using a 24-station circular line next to the vehicle assembly line.

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