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Well i'm on my way to goteborg to get my new platinum green T5! will take pictures for you guy's...gotta go,lots of flyin to do today <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">
 

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That's awesome. Have a great time. If you're game, we'd be totally open to doing a feature on your trip and a gallery as well.<P>Hope all goes well and have a safe trip.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>That's awesome. Have a great time. If you're game, we'd be totally open to doing a feature on your trip and a gallery as well.<P>Hope all goes well and have a safe trip.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hey! What didn't you do a feature about <I> my </I> trip? [pout, pout. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif"> ] <P>JK.<P>I did take a photo of the car in front of the Goteborg delivery center. Overall, the trip was great (but too long to go into details right now.) I'm surprised there isn't a separate dedicated topic on this board about overseas delivery, seeing as how it's a unique Volvo experience especially with the airfare and hotel provided in the (discount) cost of the car.<BR>
 

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Hey guys i'm at the volvo factory delivery center right now,they let me log on to e-mail my family and I thought i ,d give a quick post here.I just took the tour, but they only showed us the body shop and panel press areas (they are being secretive about the xc90 so those areas were off limits <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif">) And they don,t allow cameras on the tour what a drag...but I had my sony under my armpit doin' some clandestine videos! i'll check them out when I get back to my hotel(maybe it's just photo's off my armpit!)well I gotta burn rubber i've got major jet lag I here my hotel calling.
 

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Tell all those folks at Volvo in Sweden to check out Swedespeed. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Some free advertisement! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VaughnsVolvo:<BR><B>Hey guys i'm at the volvo factory delivery center right now,they let me log on to e-mail my family and I thought i ,d give a quick post here.I just took the tour, but they only showed us the body shop and panel press areas (they are being secretive about the xc90 so those areas were off limits <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif">) And they don,t allow cameras on the tour what a drag...but I had my sony under my armpit doin' some clandestine videos! i'll check them out when I get back to my hotel(maybe it's just photo's off my armpit!)well I gotta burn rubber i've got major jet lag I here my hotel calling.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Doesn't surprise me...they are being complete idiots. 90% of the time they have "something under wraps, some secret to hide"...it is so stupid, having a state-of-the-art factory and 90% the majority of the complex is off limits...<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>Tell all those folks at Volvo in Sweden to check out Swedespeed. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Some free advertisement! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <IMG SRC="http://forum.dtmpower.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"> <P><BR> Good idea~!<p>[This message has been edited by The_one_n_only (edited 03-15-2002).]
 

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Actually, that's pretty standard. I did a tour in Wolfsburg (VW) and Ingolstadt (Audi) and they are the same way. Actually, you're not supposed to have your camera out when you go on factory grounds. I learned when some lady took mine and gave it to the guard until I was leaving. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> Dolp.<P>That said, there are trade secrets and I don't blame them for not wanting to have unauthorized pics out there. I don't go posting all of my sources or my secrets. It's a business decision and I can respect that.<P>Sounds like your trip is going pretty well though. Hope you have a lot of fun.<P>BTW, I'm pretty sure folks at the factory are aware of this site. From what I've been told, they're pretty familiar with several Volvo sites, but I think they watch Swedespeed and VVSpy the closest....
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>)Actually, you're not supposed to have your camera out when you go on factory grounds. <BR>That said, there are trade secrets and I don't blame them for not wanting to have unauthorized pics out there. I don't go posting all of my sources or my secrets. It's a business decision and I can respect that.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>George,<P>no one said that they have to show people every nook and cranny of the factory. But the way they handle the overwhelming majority of factory tours is ridiculous. I don't know if you have ever been to the Torslanda plant, outside of Goteborg but its sheer size would put Ingolstadt to shame! They could arrange certain times of each month to have tours (cameras forbidden, naturally) in a manner that wold not jeopardize their secrets. I don't know...I compare the type of enthusiasm BMW puts in their factory visits and that Of Volvo and I feel ashamed. It is a disservice to the owners. As you have probably noticed, I defend Volvo very readily but when it comes to their marketing efforts, they just plainly <B>SUCK</B>!!!<P>Yannis<P>
 

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I've never been, so I'll submit to your knowledge Yannis. If you think it's bad, then I am sure that it is.<P>BMW is a good example of a company that puts a TON of merit on what the customers want. They're not a bad target to watch, and with Reitzle at PAG, that could change.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> George,<P>no one said that they have to show people every nook and cranny of the factory. But the way they handle the overwhelming majority of factory tours is ridiculous. I don't know if you have ever been to the Torslanda plant, outside of Goteborg but its sheer size would put Ingolstadt to shame! They could arrange certain times of each month to have tours (cameras forbidden, naturally) in a manner that wold not jeopardize their secrets. I don't know...I compare the type of enthusiasm BMW puts in their factory visits and that Of Volvo and I feel ashamed. It is a disservice to the owners. As you have probably noticed, I defend Volvo very readily but when it comes to their marketing efforts, they just plainly SUCK</B>!!!<P>Yannis<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Huh, I didn't think my factory tour was all that bad when I picked up my S60. Granted, the movie up front was pretty boring, but the acutal tour throught the factoty took us from the stamping presses, through the weld robots (missed the spray booth, for obvious reasons) and pretty much all the way through upper assembly, lower assembly (power pack/suspension) and the mating of the body to the power pack (done in a 3-step process) & all the way through startup and the test drive on the mini-cobblestone track to check for rattles.<P>The robots that glued the windows on the car were pretty impressive, they even spread the glue and all 4 permanent windows (windshield, rear & 2 rear side) were glued onto the S80 at the same moment--it was neat to watch them all get placed into position simultaneously, each on their own robot.<P>We could clearly see how each worker could adjust the height of the car to their own working level as they added their part.<P>The only details we didn't see was the side trip to see how the doors were fitted after they came off the car from the paint shop. (After the paint shop, the doors were taken off and put on a separate assembly line to fit the windows, moulding, and trim, then brought back to the car they came off of in the paint booth so the paint matched the rest of the car.) It didn't seem important because it was only an extension of the main line.<P>The engines were assembled elsewhere and arrived on pallets, so we only saw stacks of engines on the loading dock as we drove by.<P>All in all, it was pretty neat, I wasn't disappointed at all. I compared the factory to the Van Nuys Camaro/Firebird plant that I saw, and was much more impressed with the Volvo site because no one had to lift a part or tool above shoulder level to get it onto the car, unlike the Chevy plant where there were lots of guys straining to put stuff on overhead.<P>But I might have been lucky in that I may have got the 'full' tour when others might not have.<P>Too bad I didn't have a video camera. oh well, the memories were good.<BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by T5 Dave:<BR><B><P>But I might have been lucky in that I may have got the 'full' tour when others might not have.<P>Too bad I didn't have a video camera. oh well, the memories were good.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>You were one of the lucky ones. I have been to the Torslanda plant three times and I was also lucky enough to have been through the whole tour twice. But the overwhelming majority of people visiting get the...shaft!<P>We have also recorded (from Volvo) a neat tape of the Nedcar plant in Born, Holland where they show from A to Z the assembly line of where the S/V40s and Mitsubishi Carismas are being built, all on the same line! Amazing!<P>One of the most amazing things I have seen was when the robot was fitting the front seats, it is amazing to see a machine put in a big seat through a small opening by twisting itself (with the seat up in the air!), etc. As it is also amazing for the robot (during wheel installation) to calculate which car is in front of it, read, read and read (for he third time) the car itself before deciding "ok, it's an S80, this is the wheel I am going to get"...then turns around, picks S80 wheels and...boom! They are on!<P>Wild!<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 
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