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Dodge Viper production to end in 2017, FCA announces

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will stop producing the Dodge Viper in 2017, according to a report by Automotive News based on details of the new collective bargaining agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW). 

Despite returning to the lineup after a three-year hiatus in 2013, the iconic sports car has failed to meet expectations due to a high price and strong competition. Only 760 units were sold in the U.S. last year, and so far in 2015 that number is limited to 503.

In Canada, the Dodge Viper starts at $92,995 plus freight and delivery charges. It uses a 645-horsepower 8.4L V10 engine to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just three seconds.

Other terms of the labour deal with the UAW include moving Ram 1500 production to another FCA plant some 15 kilometres away, as well as updates to the 8-speed automatic transmission to make it even more fuel-efficient.