Speeding up the speed merchants

I’m sorry sir, we haven’t got that S-type Jaguar in stock. If you’d like us to build it for you it’ll be ready in three days time.””

If an industry drive aimed at making the car industry leaner achieves its aims then the above may not be as unlikely as it sounds.

The theoretical result of the Three-Day Car Project – involving, amongst others, Bundy, VAG, Ford, Peugeot and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – is to enable a customer to choose a car on Monday, and for it to be built and delivered by Thursday.It is hoped that knowledge garnered from the programme will be ploughed back into the automotive industry as a whole, where it will enable manufacturers and suppliers to improve efficiency and reduce wastage.