• Chrysler Adopts New Production System From Fiat

Many moons have passed since Fiat left the United States after their reputation took a hit for poor quality. Yet, while they’ve been gone, a lot has changed. Fiat has transformed itself into a well oiled machine with top notch engineering quality.

The Italian automaker is giving its knowledge to Chrysler, who they now own. The company says its productivity is up about 10 percent, while costs have dropped 8 percent. The best news of all is that injuries are down 30 percent.

Fiat relies heavily on input from its workforce to modify the production system in the hopes that they can reduce costs and injuries, while raising productivity.

One good example of this happened in Belvidere, Illinois, where Chrysler’s Jeep plant workers developed a suspended chair, eliminating the need to reach into a vehicle’s ceiling when assembling parts. The plant now has fewer injuries in that area.

Around 30 employees in each plant focus on fit-and-fitness issues and 14 Fiat coaches move about the plant each week.

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Source: AutoNews

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12 comments:

  (401) posted on 05.9.2011

Small cars are not good for long road travels. I agree with everyone that its dangerous on the road. Precautions should be given to the owners and the state should provide a separate lane for small cars, otherwise, more accidents will happen in the future.

  (830) posted on 04.1.2011

Oh no! Small cars are a bit dangerous, especially on US road. No matter, how good is the styling and its fuel efficiency, I will not consider buying one. 

  (460) posted on 11.16.2010

After the first year, they will be trying to figure out what went wrong with their plan as they scramble to stay out of bankruptcy court.

  (778) posted on 11.8.2010

The first thing they will do is double their wages and benefits; then cut all salaried employee wages in half.

  (763) posted on 11.5.2010

Actually it sounds good... with the good parts of a motorcycle sound, but very refined due to the stabilizer. The engine wasn’t launched when the 500 was launched, as they were still developing an adequate stabilizer to make it refined.

  (567) posted on 11.4.2010

Such a cute looking sub compact car..i like the convertible roof..

  (329) posted on 10.3.2010

Chrysler Group dealers will be getting the new Fiat franchise. Snark fail! For those who stayed awake during the November 4th plan presentation, a limited distribution of the 500 in the US at the outset was always planned. So, not all Chrysler Group dealers will get a Fiat franchise. Too many users here spend too much time bashing the old Chrysler and just bashing generally.

  (1332) posted on 09.30.2010

Actually, Chrysler Group dealers will be getting the new Fiat franchise. Snark fail! For those who stayed awake during the November 4th plan presentation, a limited distribution of the 500 in the US at the outset was always planned.

  (216) posted on 09.27.2010

I just can’t believe this little car is going to herald the relaunch of Chrysler. As a Chrysler 300 owner, i recognize how important Chrysler is to the domestic market.

  (1211) posted on 09.23.2010

Basically a Viper chassis, a Hemi V8, and an up-scale interior, under an art-deco-ish Chrysler body.

  (406) posted on 08.8.2010

It seems that Chrysler is the "saving grace" of the dying Fiat. Well, I hope they could stand out again because their design is not that bad. I think they should change their business strategy cause the other brand outsell them.

  (701) posted on 08.4.2010

I don’t think the PT Cruiser is the best car to bring up when talking about Chrysler’s reputation.

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