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    How long to buld a car?

    http://columbus.bizjournals.com/colu...8/daily24.html

    The report found it takes 29.9 hours of labor to produce a Toyota vehicle.

    Honda's Marysville plant, where the company produces the Accord sedan and coupe and Acura TL sedan, topped the list for stamping productivity.

    The Japanese automaker also landed in first place for overall assembly performance in North America; each vehicle takes 21.1 hours to assemble, according to the Harbour Report.
    I wonder how that compares with similar models from the domestic makers?

    Chip H.

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    http://columbus.bizjournals.com/colu...8/daily24.html

    The report found it takes 29.9 hours of labor to produce a Toyota vehicle.

    Honda's Marysville plant, where the company produces the Accord sedan and coupe and Acura TL sedan, topped the list for stamping productivity.

    The Japanese automaker also landed in first place for overall assembly performance in North America; each vehicle takes 21.1 hours to assemble, according to the Harbour Report.
    I wonder how that compares with similar models from the domestic makers?

    Chip H.
    My main concern would be getting it right rather than getting it done fast!

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric


    My main concern would be getting it right rather than getting it done fast!
    Honda seems to manage to do both...

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel

    Honda seems to manage to do both...
    It does but the UAW is trying to fix that.

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel

    Honda seems to manage to do both...
    It does but the UAW is trying to fix that.
    How is that? Is the UAW trying to organize the Marysville workers?

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Interesting, but I wonder just how valid a comparison it really is? Unless all plants are building identical vehicles you're not really comparing like with like. The method of production can also have a significant effect on vehicle build time - build a lot of sub-assemblies off-line & the time taken to build a vehicle on the production line will appear less, but the overall time could actually be longer.

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    And the Marysville plant does use a lot of subassemblies. We used to deliver to the plant, then they changed it to other companies located around them that assembled parts and delivered them across the street on a JIT basis.

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    http://columbus.bizjournals.com/colu...8/daily24.html

    The report found it takes 29.9 hours of labor to produce a Toyota vehicle.

    Honda's Marysville plant, where the company produces the Accord sedan and coupe and Acura TL sedan, topped the list for stamping productivity.

    The Japanese automaker also landed in first place for overall assembly performance in North America; each vehicle takes 21.1 hours to assemble, according to the Harbour Report.
    I wonder how that compares with similar models from the domestic makers?

    Chip H.
    I doubt those numbers include the labor to make each and every one of the thousands of parts included in a motor vehicle. It takes Toyota 29.5 hours to build a car, possibly--but what about the time to make the tires, the time to make the battery, the time to make the wiring harness, the time to build the brakes, the time to build and assemble the radio, and on and on and on?

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    Re: How long to buld a car?

    It took me a year and a half to build my car...

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