TEHRAN, IRAN--Tata Motors is talking to Iran Khodro Company for a joint venture to assemble knocked-down units of the petrol versions of its models, including the latest compact car Tiago, Bolt and Zest, say sources here. All three models are powered by the company’s new Revotron petrol engines.
LORDSTOWN, OH—This past weekend, General Motors celebrated the 50th anniversary celebration of its plant here, which has produced more than 15 million vehicles. The plant currently produces more than 400 vehicles per shift.
CHILLICOTHE, OH--The Kenworth plant here is getting a $17 million automated storage facility to bring cab parts inside, out of the weather, and add efficiency to assembly operations, executives said yesterday. They also foresee another healthy sales year for Class 8 trucks.
WINDSOR,ON--Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne said recently that the company is open to furthering its partnership with Google Inc., initially slated to test Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans equipped with Google self-driving technology.
In the past, automobile manufacturers only required basic forms of leak testing to check standard subassemblies, such as, air conditioning, power train and cooling system components. Traditional hard-vacuum and accumulation methods were—and still are—used to test components such as radiators, evaporators, condensers, air-conditioner hoses, torque converters and valve bodies.
Employees at Fiat Chrysler’s Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI) in Kokomo, IN, have achieved something few in manufacturing can claim—they have logged 10 million hours, or a span of more than three years, without a lost-time injury.
Manufacturers today are producing a wider range of products than ever. Life cycles are shrinking and demand for customization is increasing. As a result, assembly lines must be as flexible as possible without compromising efficiency. That’s why companies producing everything from pumps to pistols and caskets to chainsaws depend on mixed-model assembly.