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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 likely will 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 that 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.
Source: The Detroit News