Ford, VW open plants (video)

  • 05-Apr-2011 03:21 EDT
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The Michigan Assembly Plant employs a sychronous material flow system in which parts and components are moved in kits to each operator station.

Ford and Volkswagen recently began vehicle production at revamped or new plants. Ford invested $550 million in what used to be its truck plant in Wayne, MI, to produce cars and SUVs. The company claims the Michigan Assembly Plant is the first in the world that can accommodate gasoline-fueled, battery electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the same line. Workers are now building the conventional 2012 Ford Focus, with production of the Focus battery-electric version slated for later this year, followed by the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012. Volkswagen will have invested about €300 million by the end of 2011 in the plant, formerly owned by Karmann. Produced at the plant in Osnabrück will be the Golf Cabriolet, in addition to possible overflow production of Porsche Boxster and Cayman models.

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