Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month! We originally reported that the Viper production would cease writing, “Amidst on-going negotiations between UAW (United Auto Workers) and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotive) it has been revealed that the Dodge Viper will cease production in 2017. The original Viper first went into production in 1992 (pictured left) and had three more updates (1996, 2003 and 2008) before Chrysler’s bankruptcy ended its run in 2010. A redesigned version debuted in 2013, but a big price increase and improved competitors hurt sales. Through this September, only 503 Vipers were sold in the United States and only 760 were sold the year before. The Viper is built at the Conor Avenue plant in Detroit where 80 employees assemble the sports car by hand.” In light of this, we also shared how the Viper would become a future American Classic Car collectible, but now we are sharing that the Dodge Viper plant will officially close by August 31.
According to reporting by AutoBlog, the plant that produces the model, the Conner Assembly Plant located in Detroit, will be closing on August 31. The car had hand-built been produced there since 1995, except from 2010-2013. The Prowler was also built there from 1997 to 2002. Currently, more than 80 workers build the Viper at FCA’s smallest assembly facility. Only 630 Vipers were sold last year and the Viper can’t comply with new safety requirements going forward. Luckily, the workers will receive positions at other plants.