Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 07:07:29 GMT
From: "Ray O" <>
Subject: Re: Toyauto vs Slaab : bottom line

<> wrote in message > The 'that' is you can't seem to grasp the differences between off line > and on line assemble costs. > =================== Mike, I agree that there are difference between off line and on line assembly costs BUT the fact that an assembly or subassembly is made off line does not automatically make it more or less expensive. Some off line assemblers use more automation so the cost is actually lower. Besides, if the engine/trans assemblies for FWD and RWD are both made off line, there is theoretically no cost difference in the off line part except that on line, someone has to install a driveshaft on a RWD vehicle. I don't know about other manufacturers, but I have seen 1985 MY RWD Corolla SR5's and FWD Celicas on the same assembly line at Toyota's Tahara plant. The hole in the floor where the engine/trans came out had some sideways and some fore-aft, depending on the car coming down the line. The off line work for the 2 cars was the same. The difference was, when a FWD Celica came by, the driveshaft installer got a break. Since the 2 care were made on the same assembly line, the parts made off line were the same, the same worker worked on both cars, the difference in production costs for the cars was parts. Ray O

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