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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Behind the scenes at the North American Fiat 500 factory
When coming back to the North American market, Fiat knew they had to ensure the highest quality. The plant that manufactures the Fiat 500 is one of the most advanced in the world.
In the film below, we take a tour of the Fiat factory in Toluca, Mexico. First up, we see the stamping plant where more than $44 million was invested to develop 110 new dies for the Fiat 500.
Other highlights shown are the newly installed equipment for the application of urethane to power sunroof and fixed-glass roofs, new torque tooling on the assembly line to avoid any noise or vibration that might be caused by a loose nut or screw, and the “suspension exerciser,” which makes sure the suspension settles properly before the vehicle passes through the wheel alignment process.
At the end of the film, we see part of the Presigi program, a process adopted from Fiat Group Auto that consists of a 32-mile course designed to simulate customers driving over various road conditions, with the focus of ensuring the dynamic quality of the new Fiat 500.
Video: Chrysler Media