Chrysler opens training center to use Fiat’s methods in North American plants

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2012

Chrysler Group has built the World Class Manufacturing Academy, a 25,000-square-foot training center in suburban Detroit, for an undisclosed amount. This center will use Fiat S.p.A.’s manufacturing method to enhance the quality in North American plants. The center was constructed in the Technology Training Center that’s jointly operated by the UAW and the automaker.

Shortly after Chrysler exited bankruptcy in 2009, it had adopted Fiat’s award-winning manufacturing system. This system is based on the principle of getting rid of waste of any sort.

It depends on the line workers’ input to find ways to improve the plants and the jobs. Chrysler officials said that so far, more than 20,000 suggestions have been given by Chrysler workers, majority of which are already being used. The system depends on regular audits that assign a two digit score to the efficiency of a plant. These audits include plant output along with worker and plant safety, product quality, plant waste, and job interactions.

A score of at least 50 is considered bronze, 60 is silver, 70 is gold, and 85 is world class. Scott Garberding, Chrysler’s head of manufacturing, said that the only way to improve is to “build skills” and that this would be place to accomplish that. Chrysler’s manufacturing and assembly plants are racing to achieve bronze status this year.

Plant level officials, Chrysler Group’s plants in Windsor, Ont., Toledo, Ohio, Dundee, Mich., and Belvidere, Ill., are approaching the bronze level. If they do reach that level this year, it means that they achieved this in just over half the time it took their European counterparts. Some of these plants already had single-digit W.C.M. scores during their initial audits in 2009.

Reinvented, designed and made for the American market, the Fiat 500 is a beautiful force of nature. Perfected in Italy, the new Cinquecento remains just as energetic, captivating and enthusiastic as the version in Europe. Particular attention has been made to ensure it remains true to its roots but also the redesign seen in the Fiat 500 Sport highlights the compacts aerodynamics.

It has been 50 years since the birth of the original Fiat 500 and Fiat continues to make inroads with the new Cinquecento. With continuous innovations allowing for near endless possibilities for individual options, the Fiat 500 Sport is certainly flexible and bears the hallmark of exceptional detailing.

Changes for the US market have delivered a Fiat capable of embodying both creativity and depth. It now has a much sportier suspension, the front and rear fascias have been redesigned to be even more aerodynamic and these same policies have been applied to the grille, the sill cladding on the body and the new aluminum 16-inch wheels which are available in Mineral Gray.

Performance Red brake calipers have been installed to add to the overall sporty aesthetic. Chrome has also been used as accents on the exhaust tip and there’s a sumptuous gloss black on the window trim.

A SkyDome power sun roof is an option which will enable the passengers to get an even more absorbing view. In terms of colour, the Fiat 500 has the option of being available in Pop and Lounge models. These particular sets come with a host of different equipment and exterior cues.

Fiat 500 Sport comes with their state-of-the-art MultiAir engine. This 1.4 liter engine has been rigorously tested and it comes with impressive credentials. The fuel efficiency is second-to-none, the emissions are lower than they have ever been before and it is 10% more powerful than cars of a similar engine size.

Adapted and tested to stand the rigours of driving in the US, the Fiat 500 gives buyers looking for a compact car some great options, excellent fuel efficiency and a low emission vehicle which is incredibly stylish.

Fiat 500 is currently available in four different models, the new Cabrio, Lounge, Pop and Sport. The all-new Fiat 500C will be available for ordering later this year in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models.

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