It’s good news that Fiat Chrysler and the UAW were able to reach a deal and avoid a strike this week, however it also comes along with bad news for car enthusiasts. The contract entails closing down the automaker’s Conner Avenue Assembly plant, which will effectively kill off the Dodge Viper.
The $5.3 billion production plans in place under the new contract make no mention of a new factory similar to the small 80-employee Conner avenue facility, according to Automotive News.
It’s not a surprising turn of events, as Viper sales have been slow since the current-generation car was introduced. The automaker sold just 503 Vipers through September, down 7.9 percent year over year, and only managed to move 760 units in all of 2014.
Another production change included in the contract will see Ram 1500 production move from FCA’s Warren Assembly in Detroit to Sterling Heights Assembly 10 miles away.