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Ford: More flexibility in manufacturing lines means better value
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Wayne— One hundred years after the introduction of the first moving automobile assembly line, Ford Motor Co. plans to make its vehicle manufacturing lines more flexible than ever.

The Dearborn automaker’s 37 assembly facilities will manufacture an average of four different vehicles each by 2017, Ford said Monday, which will allow it to increase global vehicle production to 8 million.

Ford will likely manufacture 6 million vehicles this year and averages about 3¼ models or model variants per assembly facility.

“We’re accelerating our efforts to standardize production, make factories more flexible and introduce advanced technologies to efficiently build the best vehicles possible at the best value for our customers no matter where they live,” said John Fleming, Ford’s executive vice president of global manufacturing, speaking at an event at the automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.

Fleming said Monday Ford could manufacture as many as six vehicles per assembly factory, but that shuffling parts for six different automobiles into one facility would create some significant complexities.

Automakers throughout most of their history produced one vehicle per plant. When demand for that vehicle would fall, automakers were forced to lay off workers and take time to retool the plant for the next-generation vehicle or more recently, close the plant altogether.

But in today’s global vehicle market, matching production levels with consumer demand has prompted a shift toward more multi-vehicle facilties.

For Ford, the flexible manufacturing lines means that the automaker will run three-shift operations at more than 30 of those assembly plants — representing about 90 percent of the overall facilities — which will boost the automaker’s global production capacity by 30 percent.

Currently, 65 percent of Ford facilities run three shifts.

Ford will be able to make its assembly lines more flexible because of its vehicle platform reduction strategy. The automaker intends to have nine platforms for virtually all global vehicles by 2017; Ford currently has 15 platforms. Read more...
 

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The design of the Fusion with a few tweaks could make a beautiful Thunderbird 2 door coupe. A 3.7 V-6. Are you listening ford? A flexible line with Fusion in Michigan.
 

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It's really too bad the US, Asia, and Europe can't agree on universal auto safety standards. THAT would really allow for more flexibility.
 

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The design of the Fusion with a few tweaks could make a beautiful Thunderbird 2 door coupe. A 3.7 V-6. Are you listening ford? A flexible line with Fusion in Michigan.
Hey great idea! If lines are going to be flexible, may as well flex them!!! It obviously shouldn't step on the Mustang's toes, but it could be a roomier option to the RWD ponycar.
 

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though the idea is good , no doubt, but getting up to the things helpful in implementation of the same, are to consider upon at the very first
 

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A FWD Thunderbird? Nah... Will you accept a FWD Mustang? Is the same. Thunderbird name is iconic, too. No FWD will be accepted. Maybe on a streched Mustang platform...
 
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