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.
There has been a huge amount of press for FCA through this UAW ordeal. Voting among 40,000 members on the previous union-brokered deal was rejected by almost a 2-to-1 margin, which hasn’t been seen in over 30 years at a major U.S. Automaker. Fiat issued a statement about the original rejection, “The tentative agreement was designed to yield a strong and competitive FCA US, thus providing stability for our workforce and opportunity for future growth and investment in an increasingly complex global marketplace.” UAW President Dennis Williams did not consider this initial rejection a set-back and said, “What I love about our organization most of all is that no matter what we do, what action we take, the ultimate decision and the power of the union is our members and they make the final decision.”
Many originally thought that such vocal disagreement could lead to a strike, however, at the time of this writing, no such major strike has occurred. It seems many of the FCA plants in America voted with the idea that jobs would be moved out of state or country. Many workers voted out of fear of losing their jobs and rumors that their plant would receive less money. As more voting occurs and information is released, Follow Wilde Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.