The United Auto Workers union representing employees at numerous automotive plants in the United States has ratified its contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU], and that means the end of the Dodge Viper.
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As Allpar first noted, there is a small section in the 250-page agreement that relates to future production at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, which is responsible for the Dodge Viper supercar. The agreement, which you can access here, states that production of the current Viper at the plant will end in 2017 and that a successor is yet to be confirmed.
The Viper is probably ending production because it has seen very few sales. Only 760 were sold last year and this year looks no better. This may explain why we haven’t seen significant upgrades to the Viper’s hardware. It's a wise business decision not to put resources into a dying product.
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We reached out to Dodge for a statement and here is the official reply: "As part of the agreement reached with the UAW, a letter was included that outlined potential future plans for all of our manufacturing facilities. You can find the contents of the letter in the contract highlighter at uaw.org: http://uaw.org/highlighter/
The Connor Ave. Assembly Plant was included in that letter, which says “no future product as yet been identified beyond the product lifecycle.”
The Conner Avenue plant has been the Viper's home since its debut in 1992, and we doubt production would move elsewhere. We'll update this story if there are any developments.