A Basic Look on How Cars Are Made

Most people tend to spend a lot of time driving in cars, but we never tend to think about the various steps that lead to the car being driven on the road. As it turns out, manufacturing a vehicle is quite an interesting process. From Santa Ana Nissan Altimas to Wisconsin Volkswagen Golfs, here’s a basic look on how essentially all vehicles are made.


Inventing the Car


Of course, before a car can be made, it must first be conceptualized. Planning a new car project involves a great deal of market research, assessment of global demand, definition of competitive set, establishment of budget, and engineering analysis.


Designing It


The vehicle’s design stage follows the market research. Designers produce interior and exterior sketches, selection of themes, builds for potential models, and make continuous reviews. The colors - both interior and exterior - are then selected, and the wind-tunnel of theme models is assessed. The designers will then produce a concept for management presentation and potential conceptual auto shows.


Engineering It


The engineering team gathers feedback for current models and potentially competing models and makes suggestions for improvements. Then comes the research phase where engineers look into current technologies for engines, motors, transmissions, electronics, and manufacturing techniques (metal forming, painting, plastic molding). The engineering team will also look into upcoming trends that can potentially be implemented. The project is measured for weight, durability, and how it would respond to a prospective crash. Aside from crash tests, the vehicle is assessed for resistance to weather conditions and fuel-economy rating. The manufacturing and component cost is analysed and the engineering team will ultimately produce a safety and emissions certificate.


Manufacturing It


Now comes the manufacturing stage. Manufacturing processes vary significantly depending on the automotive company in question. Broadly speaking, the manufacturing facility, through autonomous procedural stages supervised by trained technicians, will produce the vehicle faithful to the initial design and engineering specifications, making all noted improvements on quality and meeting all performance targets. Car companies will typically collaborate with a variety of suppliers in order to bring all aspects of the vehicle together. Before being labeled as complete, each vehicle is thoroughly tested to meet all necessary requirements.


Launching It


Once the new car is made, it’s time to prepare it to be sold. Launching a vehicle requires a great deal of market research as well as some potential naming research. The pricing must be specifically defined based on competition, market needs, and past model pricing. A successful, eye-catching marketing theme must be developed before the product is introduced to the dealing body. Logistics (stocking the dealerships with the vehicles) and promotional materials (media and advertising) are them established, and presentations for press, social media, analysts, dealers, managements, and auto shows are created. After all of that, the car is finally on the market and ready to be picked up. 
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