Best from the magazine 2016: Designing General Motors mid-sized cars for manufacturing

Best from the magazine 2016: Designing General Motors mid-sized cars for manufacturing

Design teams for the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse brought manufacturing engineers into the styling process early to improve quality and manufacturability.

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September 15, 2016

General Motors is launching two major mid-sized sedans in 2016 – the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu which began arriving in showrooms early in the year, and the 2017 Buick LaCrosse that goes into production during the summer for a third-quarter release. With both vehicles, the automaker brought teams of engineers from the manufacturing plants that will build the cars into the design studios to voice concerns early. The hope – avoid putting cool features in the cars that turn out to be difficult or impossible to build, especially at high volumes.

Jeff Yanssens, chief engineer for the Buick LaCrosse, and Jesse Ortega, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Malibu, recently sat down with Today’s Motor Vehicles to discuss how bringing manufacturing engineers into the design process helped improve both cars.

For the full story, follow this link to the digital edition of Today’s Motor Vehicles.