Dodge Confirms Viper Factory Will Close August 31

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that the doors to the Dodge Viper factory in Detroit will be shut on August 31.

In a notice issued to the state, FCA confirmed the impending closure of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant and said that it intends on offering the 87 employees impacted by the closure positions at its selection of other plants.

Interestingly, FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said that the Conner Avenue facility will remain part of its commitment to Detroit but failed to elaborate on what the future holds for the factory.

Killed off predominantly due to weak sales, the Dodge Viper has been in production since 1992 and built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant since 1995, albeit for a hiatus between 2010 and 2012.

Despite dwindling interest in the Viper, sales are actually up 33 per cent this year as enthusiasts look to purchase one of the final units to be built.