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    A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Take a look how the new Volkswagon Golf is made.

    The photos are wonderful.

    Note: After the first set, scroll down for even more.

    It's just amazing how clean the factory is.

    Very, very impressive.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Seems like VW is a little excessive when it comes to plants. I remember the Phaeton plant, it was insane. But why spend the money to stack the cars up in a glass pillar? Maybe spend the money to get your quality up..
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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Quickening
    Seems like VW is a little excessive when it comes to plants. I remember the Phaeton plant, it was insane. But why spend the money to stack the cars up in a glass pillar? Maybe spend the money to get your quality up..
    All true, perhaps, but it certainly makes for an interesting picture (it was my favorite) and great press.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Not really excessive at all. You should see BMW's Dingolfing plant.

    in either case, quite beautiful pictures. Wonder how they got a camera into the plant.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Nothing really special to me, it's just how a modern manufacturing facility should look like. They painted everything white and keep it clean, it just helps. In a brighter environment it's simply easier to do see everything, assemble the cars better and notice possible faults. There's nothing overt about it, it all (both the work standards and the modern equipment) show in VW's super fit and finish, VW's problems lie in poor reliability, which is due to the relative high position of design engineers, who are allowed to do experiments (overengineering) in production models, enormous amounts of possible model specifications and insufficent testing, as well as poor supplier management.

    Glass pillar does wonders to VW's publicity (can't count the numbers I saw it in the media) and also keeps the local community and workers more connected to the company's image.

    OK, if you think GM can't and doesn't do anything like that, here's a mix of pictures form GM's new Ruesselsheim manufacturing facility:







    As a curiosity - a pic from Opel Eisenach:


    You're right, these are early Astra A bodies, we're in the early 1990s!
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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Quickening
    Seems like VW is a little excessive when it comes to plants. I remember the Phaeton plant, it was insane. But why spend the money to stack the cars up in a glass pillar? Maybe spend the money to get your quality up..
    Maybe part of the reason is that if the work environment is nice, the workers become less stressed and enjoy the work more... thus perhaps leading to better build quality that's within the power of line workers.

    Personally, I would rather assemble cars in a place that looks like a science museum than an industrial factory.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    wow
    i went to the saturn plant in spring hill and it was nothing like that

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by mgescuro
    in either case, quite beautiful pictures. Wonder how they got a camera into the plant.
    I wonder what kind of camera they used...although I probably cna check right now. The quality of the pics are so good.
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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFever
    wow
    i went to the saturn plant in spring hill and it was nothing like that
    I love your comment.

    The Golf is one of the most over-engineered vehicles in production.

    It takes an incredible 48 hours to assemble one.

    I hear a revamped and decontented 2008 Mark VI version is coming - much sooner than expected. They must be losing a fortune on this fifth generation model.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Looks good.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    I took the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in Detroit about a year ago where they build the F-150 and the factory floor pictures look very similar. Extremely clean and neat.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by asim
    I wonder what kind of camera they used...although I probably cna check right now. The quality of the pics are so good.
    The pix were taken with a Canon EOS 1D which came out in 2001 and was a 4.5 megapixel camera.

    The camera to get now is the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II with 16.5 megapixels. If only it didnt' cost near $8,000.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    That looks like such a cool factory. I love when they stack the cars in the garages like that. When I was in Toronto last May, we saw a BMW dealer with cars parked in windows a good 8 stories up. It wasn't anything like this, just 6 windows for 6 cars, very cool though.

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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravada
    Nothing really special to me, it's just how a modern manufacturing facility should look like. They painted everything white and keep it clean, it just helps. In a brighter environment it's simply easier to do see everything, assemble the cars better and notice possible faults. There's nothing overt about it, it all (both the work standards and the modern equipment) show in VW's super fit and finish, VW's problems lie in poor reliability, which is due to the relative high position of design engineers, who are allowed to do experiments (overengineering) in production models, enormous amounts of possible model specifications and insufficent testing, as well as poor supplier management.

    Glass pillar does wonders to VW's publicity (can't count the numbers I saw it in the media) and also keeps the local community and workers more connected to the company's image.

    OK, if you think GM can't and doesn't do anything like that, here's a mix of pictures form GM's new Ruesselsheim manufacturing facility:
    I think you hit the nail on the head with this remark "Poor supplier management".

    VW has quality and fit finish plus some of the highest standards and technology. Where have they gone wrong? Vendor support.

    Look at the coil problem they had that hurt there sales with Jettas. A poor vendor that could not keep up with the recall.

    Also, that factory is cleaner than my doctors office.

    Heck I remember when I worked for the Aetna heavy stamping plant. Man was that place dirty.



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    Re: A Tour Of The VW Golf Factory (Amazing!)

    Cool, as for stacking the cars in a glass pillar: Does it look cool? Yes. Does it make sense? No.
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