It takes years of painstaking engineering, design, and testing to fully develop a car and to engineer and set up the production plant and processes that will assemble it. But after all of the initial development and preparation work is complete, manufacturing the car can be as fast as minutes, or even seconds.
Case and point: it takes Ford 86 seconds to assemble one unit of the best-selling Fiesta at its Cologne plant in Germany.
The following video demonstrates, in 89 seconds, the various stages of 2014 Fiesta production at Cologne, including the activites taking place in the body shop as well as the “marriage” – the point where the engine is installed into the painted vehicle. The clip features: Erika Tsubaki — Ford Design Strategy and Futuring, Mario Eschweiler — Manufacturing Engineering, Hans-Jörg Stapel — Senior Process Engineer, Betty Cherian-Oddo — Fiesta Trim and Final Assembly.
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Impressive, to say the least.