Thursday, July 13, 2017

Viper factory in Detroit to close

Fiat Chrysler will close the Detroit factory where workers made the small-volume Dodge Viper supercar by hand.

The Italian-American automaker informed Michigan government officials that the plant would close Aug. 31. The plant, built in 1966 and acquired by Chrysler in 1995, now employs about 87 people. The company had announced in 2016 that Viper production would end after the 2017 model-year, putting the 392,000-square-foot factory's future in jeopardy.
Fiat Chrysler said the outcome should not come as a surprise. The company's 2015 contract with the United Auto Workers union outlined that no new product would replace the Viper at the plant after the vehicle was discontinued.

The classic car experts at Hagerty have named the Dodge Viper SRT model to its annual "Hot List" of future collectible vehicles.
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