It has only been back for a couple years since its 2012 reintroduction, but we now know that we may be saying “goodbye” to the Dodge Viper come 2017.
An October 9 newsletter from United Auto Works (UAW), highlighting a new proposed tentative agreement with FCA members, stated that, after 2017, the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan will not be in production. This plant just so happens to be where the Viper is created. The newsletter also states, “No future product has yet been identified beyond the product life cycle” at the Connor plant.
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This proposed agreement was made official when UAW FCA members ratified the new contract on Oct. 22.
“UAW members at FCA have obtained a strong agreement that provides substantial wage gains, fairness in the workplace and job security,” said UAW FCA US Vice President Norwood Jewell in an October 22 release from UAW. “Because of the strength and support from our membership, our bargaining team was able to negotiate a contract which promises a secure future for our members, their families and their communities.”
There have been no words specifying whether production of the Viper will be moved to a new location, but this agreement seems to spell out the car’s end.
Since 1992, over 30,000 Vipers have been created at the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant.