Dodge Viper Axed, Factory to Close
Home to the Dodge Viper since 1995, the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit will be shuttered permanently on August 31. That date also will mark the last time a Viper is produced, as the 2-seat supercar cannot meet new federal safety standards that go into effect on September 1.
Fully refurbished in 2012, the smallest FCA facility in this country began building the current generation Dodge Viper Coupe for the 2013 model year following a 3-year hiatus. Connor Avenue has turned out over 25,500 of the 30,000 Vipers produced since the vehicle was introduced in May of 1992. While the Viper’s ultimate demise was no surprise–FCA made that fact official back in 2015 as part of a contract with the United Auto Workers. However, Dodge has spent this final year crafting both standard as well unique limited-edition Viper Special Edition variants to give this iconic model a proper sendoff. The Conner Avenue plant employs 86 workers, and according to Automotive News, all are expected to be retained in some capacity.
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