The United Auto Workers union representing employees at numerous automotive plants in the United States is currently in negotiations with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU], with the two parties having recently reached a tentative agreement dealing mostly with the increased allowance of lower-paid temporary staff.
As Allpar first noted, there is a small section in the 250-page agreement that relates to future production at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, which is responsible for the Dodge Viper supercar. The agreement, which you can access here, states that production of the current Viper at the plant will end in 2017 and that a successor is yet to be confirmed.
This may explain why we haven’t seen significant upgrades made to the Viper’s hardware. Then again, as this is only a tentative agreement it can’t be taken at face value. It could be that FCA is still forging plans for Viper production beyond 2017.
We’ll update the post as soon as more details are known.