minutes is a long time for any youtube video that doesn’t involve
singing cats, so it is surprising that one with a soundtrack of
creaking/clucking/zapping machinery has almost 1 million views. (Thanks to tip from DT reader Scot!)
is however, the best 15 minutes of pure automobile factory awesome and a
must view for anyone inside or outside the auto industry.
star of the show is the 6th generation of BMW’s 3-series that started
production in 2011 and this video was uploaded mid 2012. As a former
automotive industry insider, this author is surprised that this level of
detail in video was allowed to leak outside the BMW network, as most
other assembly line videos on youtube are in black & white and
feature men who look like they belong in a Dickens novel.
interesting is the paint and bake process that gives the original
automobile a paint finish that will last decades longer than even the
best aftermarket re-spray.
of course, who doesn’t like to watch robots assemble suspension and
brake equipment onto a vehicle complete with red-warning lights and lots
of laser beam related gadgetry. In all likeliness most people won’t
want to watch the entire video as it is roughly 30 times the length of
the average twitter message, but we had to watch it multiple times in
1080p resolution to make sure we didn’t miss anything.
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