‘Over 5,000 dif­fer­ent qual­ity checks through­out the day’

Car India - - FEATURE -

One of the most im­por­tant men at Hyundai Mo­tor In­dia. G S Mani is the se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent (pro­duc­tion) and the man who over­sees the pro­duc­tion of no less than seven lakh cars ev­ery year. The task at hand is to match the high rep­u­ta­tion of the first gen­er­a­tion of the Santro whilst man­u­fac­tur­ing the lat­est ver­sion of that iconic fam­ily car

How does it feel to bring a leg­endary car like the Santro back into pro­duc­tion?

We’re highly ex­cited and, at the same time, feel­ing very re­spon­si­ble. The Santro has had an un­ri­valled his­tory in In­dia and we have to live up to that ex­pec­ta­tion. Based on the pos­i­tive cus­tomer feed­back about the new car, we’re pretty happy with what we have achieved.

Hyundai over the years have be­come a bench­mark in terms of qual­ity and fin­ish. How do you strive to main­tain that?

As you know, the Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany is over 50 years old and Hyundai Mo­tor In­dia (HMI) about 20 years old. Over the years, the com­pany has brought a lot of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments into the pic­ture. From an age of hu­man-cen­tred ac­tiv­ity, we’re mov­ing to the new age of hu­man and dig­i­tal in­ter­face per­spec­tive.

Specif­i­cally for the new Santro, we have gone one step ahead: DWIMS (Dig­i­tal Work In­struc­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem). Once the ve­hi­cle comes to a sta­tion, the sys­tem in­structs the op­er­a­tor on a large tele­vi­sion screen

be­fore him/her about which com­po­nent s/he has to pick and the pre­cau­tions to be taken. In the end, the DWIMS also cross-checks if the process was com­pleted ac­cu­rately.

We can­not give less im­por­tance to the peo­ple mak­ing these cars. If you ask any per­son work­ing on the pro­duc­tion line, he or she will con­fess to have vis­ited Ko­rea at least three times. There is tremen­dous col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Hyundai Mo­tor In­dia and Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany wherein In­dian en­gi­neers visit South Ko­rea to get over­seas train­ing.

These 360-de­gree in­spec­tion sys­tems are im­ple­mented at ev­ery stage for the Santro and our other car mod­els, so that there are zero prob­lems when the car rolls out of the pro­duc­tion line.

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