Re: Its official: In Production!
A few things to note about that video after watching it a couple of times:
- Its obvious that the FFE is being built right along side the ICE version and not completed in another plant somewhere else (note that while the Trim Launch Coordinator is talking there is an ICE Focus right behind him getting the exact same D-Brace installed in it!).
- The battery is split in two pieces? "under body battery" and the "upper battery"? I guess they just fit the battery wherever they could....
- Looks like they are still learning to assemble it as there are at least two people installing each piece shown even though they are using fixtures to make it easier for a single person to do the install.
- Speaking of fixtures: Its obvious from this video that Ford wants to make a lot of FFE's! (If they didn't they wouldn't go to the lengths of making the fixtures--the cars would be all hand built.)
I'm going to take a look underneath my ICE Focus and see if I can find that D-Brace! LOL
Michigan Assembly where all of the Focus' are being built got a huge renovation to build the Focus line (they used to make Expeditions and F-150s there--the Focus assembly plant used to be right next door, which is now idle). It now is set up with their flexible system where they can change the mix of vehicles they build very quickly.