The Hyundai Creta has been a phenomenal success story for the Korean carmaker. This global car has been one of the major products in the turnaround which Hyundai has made to project itself as a new-generation carmaker. The Creta is currently manufactured in five different assembly plants of Hyundai, including one each from China, India, Russia, Brazil and Indonesia. We have got out hands on a video, which showcases how the Hyundai Creta is produced from start to end.
The video is supposed to be from Hyundai’s manufacturing plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It starts with a glimpse of the press shop, where huge rolls of high alloy steel are sent to automated press machines, which cut the sheet blanks in the required shapes. These sheet blanks are then transported to main stamping lines, where blanks are fed into the line in an automated mode to make body panels, with a ‘technical vision’ used for quality control and checks. The capacity of the lines to process the sheets is said to be 1720 panels per hour.
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Automated welding process
These body panels are then sent to the welding shop, where, with the help of a 100 per cent automated process, they are assembled to form the main monocoque frame of the Creta. A hole is then created on the roof panel to fit in the sunroof before the body panels are sent to the welding shop. The external and internal roof panels are then welded on the auxiliary line. With the help of special robots, up to 48 bodies of Creta are produced in an hour.
The entire finished body is then sent to the paint shop, after which it is sent to the assembly line. The panoramic glass roof is installed within the roof from the inside using a manipulator. After this, the installation of various components such as front and rear bumpers, brackets for seats, dashboard, fuel tank, engine, gearbox, suspension, inner claddings, seat belts, wheels, headlamps, tail lamps, ceiling sheeting, windscreen badges, seats, steering wheel, door panels, etc. is done.
After installing all the parts mentioned above, a shower test is done to ensure that no water penetrates the cabin. The finished car, after being fed with all the essential fluids, then undergoes an additional quality control check. After it gets a green signal from the quality check personals, it is then shipped to the dealership. It is a common process carried out for the production of all of the Hyundai cars.
The Hyundai Creta has been on sale in India since 2015 and has consistently ranked as one of the finest and highest selling SUVs in India. Over 6 lakh copies of Creta have been sold in India to date, which proves its success streak in the country. The currently available second-generation model of the Hyundai Creta is available with two petrol (1.5-litre naturally aspirated) and one diesel (1.5-litre diesel) powertrain option.
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