Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has begun erecting a new paint shop on a site in Detroit that will house the city’s first new assembly plant in nearly 30 years.
The 790,000 sq-ft shop will support a $1.6 billion factory on the site of FCA’s former Mack Avenue Engine facility. The complex is expected by the end of 2020 to begin making the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and a new large SUV model.
FCA announced the new assembly plant project in February as part of a $4.5 billion plan that includes upgrading five other factories in Michigan. The most recent assembly plant in Detroit until now was opened by FCA in 1991.
Although it is often said that the exterior design gets people into a car, a bad paint color on that exterior can keep them out. And bad colors and materials on the inside will drive them out. Which brings us to why Susan Lampinen and her colleagues are key.
On Tuesday Ford unveiled—using the social media channels of actor Dwayne Johnson (this has got to unnerve some of the auto buff book editors)—the 2018 Mustang, which has undergone some modifications: under the hood (the 3.7-liter V6 is giving way to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, and a 10-speed automatic is available), on the dash (a 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen is available for the dashboard), at the tires (12 wheel choices), on the chassis (MagneRide damper technology is being offered with the Mustang Performance Package), and on the exterior (three new paint colors). And while on the subject of the exterior, there are some notable changes—a lower, remodeled hood, repositioned hood vents, new upper and lower front grilles, LED front lights, revised LED taillamps, new rear bumper and fascia.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s Plant Two paint department has developed the flexibility to paint both cars and minivans in the same facility. They’re painting small lots with high finish quality, all while dealing with the unforgiving nature of the water-borne process