What’s Makes Chevy’s Number 1 Truck Just a Bit More Enticing in 2005.

Written by Jenny McLane

What’s Makes Chevy’s Number 1 Truck Just a Bit More Enticing in 2005.

Last Year Silverado unveiled a hybrid version and it’s still included in this years all star line up.

The Silverado pickup truck remains Chevy's best selling vehicle, probably in part because it's available in so many configurations. There's a Silverado to suit just about everyone who wants a full size pickup truck. Versatility is one ofrepparttar Chevy Silverado’s strongest point.

A gas-electric hybrid model was introduced in 2004 and remains inrepparttar 102736 lineup for 2005. A Hybrid Silverado’s offer up to 10-percent better fuel economy; it has a 120-volt electrical power with ground fault detection and accessory powering capabilities with power outlets underrepparttar 102737 rear seat ofrepparttar 102738 cab and inrepparttar 102739 pickup bed.

Don't expect to see a hybrid Silverado at most Chevy dealerships. The trucks are available in limited quantities and are only being sold in six states; this includes California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Nevada and Florida.

Some ofrepparttar 102740 Chevy Silverado Configurations available for 2005 are the; choices for bodies arerepparttar 102741 Regular, Extended or Crew Cab bodies. You can also have a pick of Standard 6.5 foot or extended 8-foot boxes. This can come in Fleetside or Sportside box styles. Available are 1500 half-ton or 2500 three-quarter-ton models in 2WD or 4WD systems.

There are also choices to be made in engine types. They arerepparttar 102742 4300 4.3 L V-6, 4800 4.8L V-8, Two models ofrepparttar 102743 Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 andrepparttar 102744 Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8. All Silverados withrepparttar 102745 Vortec 4300 4.3L V-6, and trucks sold in California withrepparttar 102746 Vortec 4800 4.8L or Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8, have a catalytic converter system that meets Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards. Trucks equipped withrepparttar 102747 Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 come with a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) or bi-fuel system that can run on CNG or gasoline. Light-duty Silverados withrepparttar 102748 Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 offer an option that allows owners to operate them on varying blends of ethanol and gasoline, up to a maximum of 85 percent ethanol.

Payload capacities range from 1,295 pounds to 4,047 pounds for 2500 heavy duty models. Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings range from 6,100 pounds to 9,200 pounds on properly equipped heavy duty versions. GM's Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system is available on 1500 Extended Cab short-box and 2500 Crew Cab Silverado pickups. GM's OnStar system is standard on LT and available on LS light duty models. Forrepparttar 102749 heavy duty trucks, OnStar is standard on Silverado LT Extended Cab and Crew Cab models, and available on 2500 HD and 3500 models. It all boils down to one thing. When it comes to hard work,repparttar 102750 Chevy Silverado is not shy. It is designed to do one thing and has no qualms in doing so. One good thing is, with every yearrepparttar 102751 Chevy Silverado just keeps getting bigger, stronger and tougher. Plus withrepparttar 102752 addition ofrepparttar 102753 Hybrid edition you can load up and save up also. Working hard doesn’t mean you have to be a Spartan. Many features that seem to pile up every year for added comfort make life a tad bit easier.

Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Truck Plant Body Shop Now Features Flexible Manufacturing

Written by Jenny McLane

Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Truck Plant Body Shop Now Features Flexible Manufacturing

Ford Motor Company is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. It is one ofrepparttar world's largest automakers, with approximately 318,000 employees in 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz. Ford Motor Company observed its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.

Ford Motor Company has announced that they shall be investing $300,000 in a 240,000-square-foot, flexible body shop expansion atrepparttar 102735 Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

"This has been a tough, but gratifying year in manufacturing for Ford. We've transformed our plants to bring more products, faster to our customers," said Matt DeMars, Ford vice president, Vehicle Operations. "Our goal is to build stability and standardization into our North American assembly and stamping plants, which is what flexible and lean manufacturing is all about."

Ford has had a wonderful year in terms of sales and productions. Plus, they have launched a record number of vehiclesrepparttar 102736 previous year and would like to sustainrepparttar 102737 rhythm for 2005. They are now doing well in trying to meet their previously stated commitment of infusing flexible manufacturing into 75% of its body manufacturing shops, trim and final assembly operations byrepparttar 102738 end of this decade. Flexibility inrepparttar 102739 body shops isrepparttar 102740 most crucial component of flexible manufacturing due torepparttar 102741 complexity andrepparttar 102742 cost ofrepparttar 102743 operation involved. Ford’s innovative flexible body shop system requires less expenditure than both time-honored methods of traditional body shops and other devised flexible manufacturing systems.

With lasts year’s successful sales and production, Ford is hard pressed to surpassrepparttar 102744 impressive numbers they have previously posted. Atrepparttar 102745 start of 2004 Ford launched an onslaught with production ofrepparttar 102746 F-150 atrepparttar 102747 Dearborn Truck Plant;repparttar 102748 Ford GT atrepparttar 102749 Wixom Assembly Plant;repparttar 102750 Escape Hybrid atrepparttar 102751 Kansas City Assembly Plant;repparttar 102752 Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle and Mercury Montego in Chicago;repparttar 102753 Mercury Mariner atrepparttar 102754 Ohio Assembly Plant; andrepparttar 102755 Ford Mustang at AutoAlliance International. Ford plans to be just as aggressive to maintain if not surpassrepparttar 102756 same numbers asrepparttar 102757 preceding sales year.

DeMars credits their highly successful launches torepparttar 102758 Ford Company’s focus on quality; their well planned processes and to their manpower. The people behindrepparttar 102759 manufacturing of their vehicles arerepparttar 102760 heart ofrepparttar 102761 whole operation. "We are committed to getting our launches right. We know that a strong launch is critical to a vehicle's success," he said. "The Ford Production System, our Launch Quality Operating Systems and our Safety Leadership Initiative are important tools in our manufacturing system."

The aforementioned Michigan Truck Plant producesrepparttar 102762 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. This particular plant employs more than 3,000 hourly employees. The addition ofrepparttar 102763 flexible body plant will certainly expandrepparttar 102764 production capabilities ofrepparttar 102765 plant. Details on future products that maybe produced onrepparttar 102766 truck plant will be announced at a future date.

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