To get what they call the “perfect body” for the new 2015 GMC Canyon, GM engineers at the Wentzville Assembly Plant take an additional step before production.
Using perfectly-measured mockups of the truck’s interior and exterior as well as a sophisticated laser-scanning system, they are able to test the fit of parts and assemblies.
More than 200 components were evaluated before GMC Canyon assembly began, such as an ill-fitting passenger side “A-pillar” between the windshield, instrument panel, and headliner.
The pillar was disassembled piece by piece to identify whether it was a part quality, design, or assembly issue. It was then fixed, leading to a more refined production process.
Getting all the parts right is a difficult aspect of putting together a vehicle because they come from all different parts of the country, including five GM plants and as many as 20 different suppliers.
“It’s an additional step, but we’re happy to spend time with these perfect bodies because they mean safer, quieter and more reliable vehicles for the customer,” said Mark Deterding, engineering manager for Magna Interiors.
At Simi Valley Buick GMC, we’re glad GM is taking the additional time and money to perfect its vehicles.