The city of Detroit will soon be getting a boost in order for two American legends to grow. Located in the heart of Michigan’s motor city will be the future home of both the officially confirmed Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and the next generation Dodge Viper. In order for these vehicles to make it into the public’s hands, their parents, Chrysler LLC, will be investing into the Jefferson North Assembly Plant and reopen the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. In total, 1,250 new jobs will be available to Detroit as well as an entirely new, third crew for the Jeep’s production. ”We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history,” said Chrysler LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Jefferson North Assembly Plant is the current home of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango and will soon be the final building point for the Jeep’s diesel variant. The high-torque, high economy version of the SUV will be manufactured specifically for the North American market and should hit showroom floors as a 2013. A new shift comprised of 1,100 jobs will be enlisted for its production and there is no doubt that it will receive heavy influence from Chrysler’s new European ties. Detroit’s other new expansion will be a little less European as the most brutal American sports car will be making its noisy return. Conner Avenue Assembly Plant will soon reawaken the sleeping snake known as the SRT Viper. The hand-built Porsche killer will be pieced together by 150 specially trained workers to ensure that the passion filled car will continue its heroic history. The employees will begin reporting for training early in the fall so that the car can debut late 2012 as a 2013 model year monster.
“Detroit long has been home to renowned innovators and craftsmen. So it is in the Motor City, home of our industrial heritage and a resilient people, that we are entrusting the manufacture not only of the ultimate American sports car, the SRT Viper, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – but also a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee for North American markets,” said Marchionne.
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