Ford hopes ‘virtual’ factory will help boost quality
FORD is developing a complete virtual factory to simulate the full assembly line production process. Its aim is to improve quality and cut costs in its factories. José Terrades, simulations engineer, Ford of Spain, says “Virtual factories will enable us to preview and optimise the assembly of future models at any of our plants, anywhere in the world.”
MITSUBISHI Motors has installed solar electric panels made by its Electric division on the roof of its UK offices in Cirencester. It can generate 40,050 kw hours and save 17.2 tons of CO2 a year. The 196 panels have a lifetime of more than 25 years. The company launches a plug-in hybrid car next year.
CHEVROLET’s summer offers include zero interest finance over five years. Price cuts include £1,080 off the Spark 1.0+ hatch to £7,295 or £99 a month. Four figure reductions are also available on some Cruze and Orlando models.
CAP, the trade valuers, notes a reluctance among superstitious new-car buyers to have the “13” plate next March. The only escape is to choose a private plate at a cost of at least £250, says CAP’s Martin Ward. “We have no idea whether the used values of 13 plate cars will be affected or not, although it does seem unlikely.”
AUDI reports a £25bn revenue, and operating profits of £2.9bn on sales in the first half of the year and says it will sell more than 1.4m cars in the whole year. Pushing the ambition is a new A3 which arrives in late summer. The parent Volkswagen Group saw sales revenue rises 22.6 per cent to £95.4bn and operating profits of £6.5bn.