Making Cars: A View From The Factory Floor

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(credit: MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sparks fly as An Indian employee works on a car on the production line at Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (HSCI) factory in Noida, a satelite town on the outskirts of New Delhi on February 25, 2008. HSCI has enhanced production from 50,000 units to 100,000 units per annum at the plant in Noida, a satellite town of the Indian capital, while investing some Indian Rupees 4,000,000,000 (USD 100,030,508) in the capacity enhancement which has taken its total investment in India to some Indian Rupees 16,200,000,000 (USD 405,126,577).
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(credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Cars by German automaker Volkswagen AG stand parked in one of two towers at the Autostadt customer reception center at the Volkswagen factory on the day of VW´s annual press conference on March 11, 2010 in Wolfsburg, Germany. VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn admitted that VW had been affected by the worldwide financial crisis in 2009, though reported that many of VW´s brands reported growth, especially in China. VW customers who come to Wolfsburg to pick up their car in person receive their new car after a robot extracts the car from one of the two towers and brings it to them via an automated, underground transport system. Each of the two towers hold 400 cars.
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(credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Robots weld elements to a car´s chassis on the assembly line at a French carmaker Renault factory on May 25, 2010 in Douai, northern France.
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Taken on August 16, 2012, this photo shows workers assembling a car in the Chang´an automobile factory in Beijing. Growth in Chinese auto sales slowed to 8.2 percent on-year in July, traditionally a slack season in the world´s largest car market, as total vehicle sales were around 1.38 million vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement August 9.
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(credit: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
Production of the new Ford Fiesta is seen at the Ford Fiesta manufacture in Cologne Niehl on December 4, 2008 in Cologne, Germany. Cologne Ford manufacture has started on August 14 the world wide production of the new generation of Ford Fiesta.
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(credit: EDUARD GENSEREK/AFP/Getty Images)
Robotic arms work on a Kia Sportage car production line at the Kia Motors Slovakia factory in Teplicka nad Vahom on June 29, 2010. When Kia Motors Slovakia launched the production series of their model Kia Sportage, they aimed to produce 35,000 units in the first 12 months.
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(credit: CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Operators work at the assembly line of a Renault Twizy electric car on April 3, 2012 in Valladolid. The Renault Twizy electric car, manufactured exclusively at the Renault factory in Valladolid, is a 100 percent electric vehicle.
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(credit: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
An employee mounts a Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz emblem to the back of the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany.
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(credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
A car under construction on the assembly line of the carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen automobile factory, on February 17, 2011 in Rennes, France.
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(credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee is at work on the assembly line of the new EB engine on December 1, 2011 at PSA factory in Tremery, France on the day of its inauguration by French Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Managing Board for French Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (PSA) car manufacturer.
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(credit: NIGEL TREBLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A red Volkswagen Golf car is retrieved by an automated palette from a storage tower near the company´s main factory in the northern German city of Wolfsburg on March 12, 2009.
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A worker walks by car bodies at the Volkswagen factory on March 7, 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2011 Volkswagen achieved record results, with profits of EUR 15.8 million and production of over 8 million cars worldwide.
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(credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
BMW logos are pictured in a tray on on the BMW 3-series production line at the BMW factory on March 15, 2010 in Munich, Germany.
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(credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Two workers attach the hood to the car body on the BMW 3-series production line at the BMW factory on March 15, 2010 in Munich, Germany. The German car maker will present the company´s business report for 2009 on Wednesday.
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(credit: BARTEK WRZESNIOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work on a car assembly line producing the Fiat Panda in a factory in Tychy, Poland on April 6, 2009.
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