The process related to car manufacturing is a complex and lengthy one and car manufacturing giants have managers and board members that decide on a new car design. The process begins with the initial idea and thereafter each element that takes place is an integral part of the whole development. We will take a look at the step by step procedure related to what is involved in getting your car from the manufacturer to the dealership.
The Idea/ Design
Car designers and teams of engineers get together to form an idea/concept. These days designers have to think about the environment when it comes to car design and not just the way that it looks. Cars need to meet the standards that are set by each country that will be sold in. Environmental factors include aspects such as the types of materials used as well as the emissions that will be produced by the vehicle. Many manufacturers are now moving towards producing vehicles that are hybrid or electric, which means that some of the vehicles produced are now zero emissions. All of this is very important as reducing our carbon footprint is now at the forefront when it comes to car ideas/design.
Car design is sometimes not just about coming up with a new creation and it can be simply be related to a face lift to freshen up the look of an aging car. In cases where a new idea/concept is needed, market research will also be required.
Marketing a new car is the best way to get it seen by the world. Lots of market research will have been conducted for each car that is designed as this will reveal if a new car is required in the market in the first place and it will also reveal which features will be successful and these are then taken into account within the new design. Marketing departments will also have a plan of action and these departments often have links to car shows, magazine articles and car programme reviews. The media industry will be given access to spy shots of the new vehicle which stirs up public interest. Once the vehicle design has been given the go ahead, marketing campaigns start before the car is actually put into production.
Once the vehicle has been given the design go ahead, production begins within the brand’s manufacturing centre. These car manufacturing centres are vast buildings which contain lots of machinery. They have conveyor belts, hydraulic machinery, cranes, pulleys and possibly a gas forklift for the end of production which aids with the lifting side of things. Depending on the vehicle. The production can take a number of days. Some manufacturers can build a car, from raw material to completion, in just one day. On the other hand, some luxury car brands are hand built and these can take a number of weeks to complete.
The areas that manufacturers deal with are building the chassis, the interior and the body, which are then linked to the transmission and the engine. Once all of the components have been put together, the vehicle goes into the final stages of completion, as most cars are built to order so they are produced in a particular colour and include the options which have be selected by the purchaser. The vehicles are then packed and wrapped and sent to a heavy transport services company where the vehicles are then distributed accordingly.
If the vehicle is going overseas it is put into a container and taken to a shipping port. Once the vehicle reaches the shipping port, it is loaded onto a vessel using a shipping container crane and taken overseas to the appropriate destination. It is also worth noting at this point that once the vehicle arrives in the country of destination, the container is then emptied and taken by road to the car dealerships that have ordered the vehicle. The empty container is then often filled with vehicles that have been dismantled by an auto dismantler. These vehicles are often recycled for their parts which are then used within the automotive industry.
As with any new vehicle, parts need to be designed so that any replacement parts which may be needed can be supplied to dealerships or independent garages. This is mainly so that parts are easily and quickly accessible in case of a repair. Parts are also available online if you want to search for your particular part. If for example you are a commercial customer you have a company that supplies light commercial vehicles, being able to go online for parts may speed up the process. Take for example, forklift trucks. Forklift parts online will give you a list of options for parts that are available for your particular model of machinery. You will then be able to order these so that there is minimum impact to any customers. The same applies for spare car parts.
Once a vehicle has been delivered to the dealership, it will go through a checking process. The vehicle will be checked to make sure that it has not been damaged during transportation, it has been built to the customer’s specification and it will also be given a full showroom valet. The engine will be checked to make sure that it has fuel and the correct fluid levels, along with getting it cleaned with full car detailing. Once all of this has been done, the vehicle will be passed on to the customer. Each manufacturer will apply a certain warranty to the vehicle, which covers rust and mechanical breakdowns. The dealership will also provide the customer with the necessary service schedule which needs to be adhered to in order to keep the warranty valid. The above process, from start to finish, can take a number of weeks, even if the manufacturer can build the vehicle in a day.
We are sure that you can now see the incredible journey that a car takes, beginning with the manufacturer, through to arriving at the dealership.