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post #1 of 9 Old 10-12-2010, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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New Camaro on National Geographic (Ultimate Factories)


Will next air on Oct 22nd @ 7:00 PM EST


After an 18-hour assembly per car, a new Camaro rolls off the assembly line almost every minute! Go behind the scenes with us and discover what really goes into designing a 2010 Camaro.

There are 734 robots doing the nearly 5,000 spot welds needed to create the body shell for each Camaro Coupe.

The Camaro’s outer body side panel is transformed through the strikes by four die sets, with the initial forming press generating nearly 1,400 tons of force at a speed of seven body sides per minute.

The Oshawa Car Paint Shop is a new, 1.3-million-square-foot facility.
This new paint shop was built in 2007 and is capable of delivering 150 painted vehicles per hour.

In order to get to the paint shop the Camaro body has to be transported on a bridge over a city street where it is painted and then shipped back across the bridge to the trim area for final detailing.

After eight hours in the body shop and five more hours in the paint shop, the Camaro body shell makes its way across a two-level bridge to the general assembly area.

It takes approximately 18 hours to build a Camaro.

One Camaro rolls off the assembly line approximately every minute.

This new paint shop was built in 2007 and is capable of delivering 150 painted vehicles per hour.

The Oshawa GM plant also produces the Impala in the same factory facility. The total plant size is 8.57 million square feet.

It took a $740-million-dollar investment to convert the Oshawa Car plant into a state of the art flexible manufacturing facility, producing the Chevrolet Camaro as its first product.

The Oshawa GM plant first opened in 1953.

Currently there are 3,743 employees in the plant (3,415 hourly pay and 328 salary.)

The Camaro engine is produced at a different plant and has to be shipped approximately 2 hours to the assembly line where it finally meets the Camaro.

It takes 8 months after ordering to receive a brand new 2010 Camaro.

All of the 2010 Camaros produced today have owners.
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Saw that show a couple months ago and watched it again not too long after that.

Awesome factory.

Another point of interest is that when the NatGeo crew had the assembly workers describe their job they didn't sound like third grade dropouts.
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I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the heads up.

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i think it was actually aired last year.

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If you all would have went to the BBOMG you could have met some of the workers plus you would got a copy of the dvd and could watch anytime you wanted If you havent seen it you need to its awesome

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I saw it a few days before I bought my Camaro in May 2010. Great film of the process and the plant. I was impressed as I have been in many car assembly plants with GM over the years with my employment with them. It is the most modern plant I have ever seen on film or in person. I been in Wilmington, Delaware; Lansing, Michigan; Oklahoma City, OK; and Lordstown, Ohio assembly plants. If you haven't seen how your Camaro is made, you need to see this film.

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Scary the horrible quality control on their paint 'repair'

I can't believe that GM let that footage out!


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Originally Posted by Tiberious View Post
Scary the horrible quality control on their paint 'repair'

I can't believe that GM let that footage out!

Huh? What are you talking about? The buff out they show of an imperfection in the clear coat? How do you think those are fixed? And guess what, no paint job is perfect no matter how much you pay for the car. Not going to get into the discussion about the Camaro's paint quality - but at least they go over the cars and fix these defects/blemishes. Would you rather they didn't? (sorry if I've completely mistaken the context of your comment)

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-18-2010, 12:45 AM
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Camaro panel outer side of the body is transformed by the attacks of four dice, with the initial press generated by nearly 1,400 tons of force at a rate of seven body parts are 734 robots minute.There represent nearly 5000 welds needed to create the background for each Camaro Cup.
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