Dodge To End Viper Production Close Detroit Conner Assembly Plant
DETROIT July 12, 2017; Automotive news reported that Fiat Chrysler will permanently close its Conner Assembly Plant here on Aug. 31, as production of the Dodge Viper ends.
In its 2015 contract with the UAW, FCA said it would end production of the low-volume, high-powered $90,000 sports car. No replacement had been planned for the plant.
The plant employs more than 80 people who build Vipers by hand. In a notice filed on June 30 with the state of Michigan, FCA said it expected it would be able to offers positions to all of affected employees at other locations.
Production will end in August because the two-seater cannot meet new safety regulations which go into effect Sept. 1. FCA has been "celebrating:" the Viper's sunsetting production for more than a year.