Viper factory in Detroit to close after Fiat Chrysler kills supercar

Fiat Chrysler will close the Detroit factory where workers made the small-volume Dodge Viper supercar by hand.

The Italian-American automaker informed Michigan government officials that the plant would close Aug. 31 and that it would offer jobs to all of the workers there, according to a letter that surfaced Wednesday.

The plant, built in 1966 and acquired by Chrysler in 1995, now employs about 87 people, according to the letter. The company had announced in 2016 that Viper production would end after the 2017 model-year, putting the 392,000-square-foot factory’s future in jeopardy.

The facility’s closure leaves the Motor City with only one assembly plant completely inside its borders: Fiat Chrysler’s factory on Jefferson Avenue. General Motors also owns a plant that straddles the border of Detroit and Hamtramck.


OKay, here is the skinny on this:

They fucked up.
They create a super car with 600hp and charge $120k for it.
They then follow that up with a 700hp regular car for $60k.
What could possibly go wrong?

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