Fiat Chrysler has officially announced the permanent closure of its Conner Assembly plant on August 31st, according to Automotive News. The closure comes as no surprise as the plant has been producing the Dodge Viper for the last 25 years.
The final death of the Viper has been discussed for well over a year now. Sadly, the two-seater is unable to meet new safety regulations that go in effect on September 1st, therefore FCA has to kill off the nameplate (again). This time it sounds permanent since the assembly plant is closing along with it.
Conner Assembly is FCA’s smallest plant in North America with only about 80 employees. Many of the employees have been at the plant for years, living through multiple shutdowns as Chrysler Group and now FCA would shutdown Viper production to meet flakey demand.
In 2016 FCA moved only 630 copies of the Viper, which carries a base price in the area of $90,000.