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This is an outside view of the Maruti Suzuki India Ltd factory located

in Gurgaon on the old Delhi- Jaipur highway. A lot can be  said by the

impressions from outside for any automobile factory.A good thing I

noticed is that there are so many bicycles moving around the factory and

on the highway.We all are so used to cars, but lets for a while think

as to how these people on bicycles help in keeping India green! Maybe, they will upgrade soon, but till then!

The first pictures show the Car Despatch Centre gate.There are so many

new cars parked inside.Some ACI ian may be the proud owner of one

from among these!smiley1.gif

The main gate is where the action is. Its quite imposing, especially the

two letters "Maruti Suzuki", that put India on 4 wheels and makes more

than 1 million cars now.Its this main gate that Sanjay Gandhi used to

gain his entry into the factory.

The employee parking on the roadside (but barricaded)shows cars parked

on the factory gate end near the exit, bikes, scooters next and bicycles

(there are many bicycles ) towards its entry point. Then comes the

entry point for the "Employee Parking".

The "Employee Parking" area is between the Despatch gate and the Main

gate and as I have said its the bicycles nearest just nearer to the Parking Entry gate, next bikes and then

cars just near the parking exit point and very near the Main Gate. Its a

parody that the cars parked are of other makes. A few Altos could be sighted however!

And the Despatch trucks abound and are parked all along the highway.But

the truck parking was quite orderly, with no obstruction or disturbance

to the moving traffic.

And there is a dealer who has his showroom just very near (not even 1 km

away) near the factory. he parks the Test Drive cars outside. I am sure

that this dealer receives the upgrades and new models from MSIL

factory fresh and first in India. And does he get his cars driven out from the factory or loaded and

unloaded from trucks ?These are intriguing questions???smiley1.gif

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anjan_c20072011-06-28 03:29:04

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Good set Anjanda. i wish someone gets the interiors of the HM plant where they assemble the Inverted Bathtub. I am resurrecting the old term of Gurkha since he and his bete noir Zavo are no longer active on this forum.

Oops: Forgot to add please do not post with watermarks of other forums. sgiitk

sgiitk2011-06-29 07:02:58

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FIAT India Automobiles Limited, Ranjangaon

We visited FIAT India plant at Ranjangaon on 3 December 2010. That was a red-lettered day in my life. That was the day when about 120 Fiat owners with their friends and families in their 60+ Fiat cars, participated.

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We met at VITS, a business hotel in Pune. All our Fiat cars were pasted with nice Fiat stickers on both the front doors. Rajeev Kapoor, CEO, FIAL, flagged off the 60+ Fiat cars after breakfast. We drove to Fiat plant at Ranjangaon, located about 72 km from Pune on the toll-free 4-laned SH 60 to Ahmednagar.

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After welcome drink/biscuits, we were taken around the engine and power transmission division, where 1.3 MJD and 1.2/1.4 FIRE engines and gear boxes are manufactured, assembled and tested. 1.4 T-Jet engines are fully imported. The Fiat engineers claimed that the Fiat Ranjangaon plant is a state-of-the-art car plant in India and the latest Fiat plant in the world. The plant was clean and tidy. Robtics were used for many operations, which warranted accuracy.

Later, we were taken in a bus to car assemply plant in the same campus. Because of low volume of Fiat cars, they do not have in-house body-press shop, which needed heavy investment. FIAL supply the high tensile, low carbon steel sheets [raw material] to their vendors, who press them into different panels like doors and supply them to FIAL. However, the skin was fitted to the door panels by robots. We saw the assembly line, which was shared by three products, viz., Fiat Linea, Punto and Tata Manza. It was amazing to see the robots reconfigure themselves for different products! First, we saw robotic welding of panels with the chassis of Linea, followed by two Puntos, and then, three Manzas in the same assembly line! Fiat engineers informed us that the product details [model, variant, colour, etc.] are fed into the system before the commencement of each shift depending upon the order book.

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After the plant visit, we were hosted with a delicious and sumptuous vegetarian lunch, followed by an interactive session with the top officials of FIAL including Rajeev Kapoor and Ravi Bhatia, Vice-President, FIAL. We were presented with Fiat 500 optical car mouse as memorabilia. Rajeev Kapoor shook hands with each and every one of us present. Last, but not the least, all our Fiat cars' fuel tanks were topped up with fuel!

We were not allowed in the paint-shop as it was a dust-free zone. Neither we were permitted to take photographs inside the plant.

J.Ravi2011-06-28 05:06:43

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Good set Anjanda. i wish someone gets the interiors of the HM plant where they assemble the Inverted Bathtub. I am resurrecting the old term of Gurkha since he and his bete noir Zavo are no longer active on this forum.

Well for a month I am trying to get a sneak into the HM plant. May be I will get success soon.

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MR KAPOOR OF FIAPL, HAD TIME TO SHAKE HANDS WITH 60 FIAT OWNERS WHO VISITED PLANT. TRULY IMPRESSIVE!!

SURPRISINGLY, I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM REPLY TO MY EMAILS ( 40 + EMAILS IN 2 MNTHS) AND RESOLVE PRODUCT QUALITY PROBLEMS ON MY CAR. I HOPE HE REPLIES AFTER HE SEES THIS POST FROM ME :)

No all caps posts in future please: Mods

sgiitk2011-07-13 04:00:13

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