It’s Official—The Dodge Viper is Getting Cut in 2017
According to details contained in Fiat Chrysler’s new UAW contract, production of the Dodge Viper will end in 2017. Currently, the sports car is built at FCA’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit. The new contract outlines a new $5.3-billion product plan that will have no replacement vehicle for the Conner Avenue plant, where the Vipers are built by hand.
The original Viper entered production in 1992, and was updated in 1996, 2003, and 2008. When Chrysler declared bankruptcy in 2010, it ended the Viper’s production until 2013, when a redesigned version hit dealer lots.
Through September of 2015, 503 Vipers were sold in the United States. In 2014, 760 Vipers were sold. These numbers are a reason why Fiat Chrysler is cutting the Viper’s production.
Along with the Viper’s cease in production, the new UAW contract also highlights Fiat Chrysler’s plan to update its current eight-speed automatic. The transmission is used in the majority of FCA’s rear-wheel-drive cars, crossovers, and SUVs and will allow these vehicles to increase their fuel efficiency.
News Source: Auto News