UAW Contract Suggests The Dodge Viper Will End Production After 25-Years

Dodge Viper to end production in 2017

The Dodge Viper may soon be a thing of the past.

UAW workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ U.S. factories gave the green light this week to a new four-year labor contract.

In a letter sent to U.S. workers, the Italian-American automaker said it may cease production of the Viper in 2017.

The letter stopped short of detailing plans for the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant after the current model’s life cycle has ended.

The UAW’s letter also indicated that Fiat Chrysler is working on a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Fiat Chrysler uses the current eight-speed automatic in many cars and sport-utility vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler is not commenting on the UAW contract at this time.

The Dodge Viper has been on the road since 1992. In 2010 the vehicle was put on hold as Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Dodge revived the iconic brand in 2013.

Despite its return, Dodge Viper sales have fallen behind competing options from the Chevrolet Corvette, and other mid-market competitors. Fiat Chrysler booked sales of just 760 Vipers in 2014, and just 503 Vipers through September of this year.

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