One very large contribution Ford made to the public was the Model T automobile. This car gave the public an efficient and affordable car which they so very much needed. Another one of his contributions was a new way to assemble cars. The assembly line. This new and improved assembly line required the workers to stay in one spot and put on a part as the vehicle moved past them (Ford Museum).
When he was younger he planned on creating something for the rich as well for common man that would involve engines. He created the Ford Model T, which was affordable for the poor, and continued to create Model A and other modeled cars (Joans 2010). By the end of World War I half of Americans owned the model T car. The affordable cars like those Ford produced transformed America (Roak et al., 2011). Ford created the automobile industry, which employed thousands of workers and inspired new industries as well (Heritage, 2010).The new industries included but were not limited to: gas stations, mechanics, fast food restaurants drive-ins (pig stands) and motels (A&E, 2006).
Henry Ford was very famous for promoting this wonderful commodity that represented a new kind of freedom. It was a symbol of the American Dream, and everyone was striving to have the new product. “The automobile was the backbone of economic growth.” The first real automobile appeared in Middletown in 1900; however, it wasn’t until Henry Ford came around and created a mass production of automobiles that the machine that would provide easy travel would become popular. Although the automobile created such a wonderful freedom, many adults thought that it was tearing families apart. Teenagers were spending more time with their friends driving around instead of staying at home with their family.
“Machinery “proclaimed Henry Ford, is the new Messiah. (Goldfield et al, 2010) Ford was the entrepreneur that symbolized modern America by introducing the assembly line. While working as an engineer in Detroit, Ford introduced the T model that made it easier for travel. Mass production of the assembly line raised wages for workers and benefited other industries like oil, steel, and rubber. The assembly line
Rob Johnson, IMF executive director said, "Telling the whole story about unionization is important and if more companies put as much effort into working with unions in a proactive way rather than spending millions on preventing unionization the results would be evident." (Fortune, 2012, p. 1). As part of the Automaker's union, Ford Motors family has grown extensively in the last several decades. The employees at Ford, as unionized workers with the UAW, successfully have developed Ford into one of the largest manufacturers in the United States. Fords benefits from unionization because the union contracts can be negotiated and any work issues can be resolved, such as workplace safety, wages, and benefits.
Technology is a leading role in effective business practices. As technology changes so rapidly, managers must have the capability to adapt to the change and make the necessary decision to maintain success. My friends shop has to constantly keep up to date with the latest changes in the automotive industry. They must do this in order to stay ahead of their competitors and be able to effectively diagnose and repair vehicles in a timely fashion. Innovations in the automotive industry also drive customers to bring their vehicles in to be worked on by automotive shops rather than working on them themselves.
Q1. What microenvironmental factors affected both the first generation and second generation models of Toyota Prius? How well has to Toyota dealt with these factors? Customers: The first-generation Prius first focus on the early adopters, techies who were attracted by the car's advanced technology. This group of consumer not only bought the cars, but also exploited more utilities of the car unexpectedly.
With only eleven men, the Ford Motor Company was only able to produce three cars per day. Later in 1908 Ford developed the famous Model T and with expansion on Henry Ford’s mind he turned his production procedure into a moving assembly line. This move played a vital role on the Ford Motor Company’s major success. The assembly line not only greatly increased their daily output but it also cut costs on shipping and supply expenses. The production of the assembly line gave the Ford Motor Company a huge advantage in succeeding in the U.S. market.
What Ford dreamed of was not merely increased capacity but complete self-sufficiency. World War I, with its shortages and price increases, demonstrated for him the need to control raw materials; slow-moving suppliers convinced him that he should make his own parts. Wheels, tires, upholstery, and various accessories were purchased from other companies around Detroit. As Ford production increased, these smaller operations had to speed their output; most of them had to install their own assembly lines. It became impossible to coordinate production and shipment so that each product would arrive at the right place and at the right time.
The idea of working on and figuring out how the different vehicle’s engines work and how the engines are put together, fascinates me, and provides a great sense of interest into being able to one day design and build vehicles for people to drive. The College of Business (2010) states that, “Automotive engineers are the people who design and make cars for the efficiency, convenience and safety of people who drive them. The creation of the different types of vehicles, the research, design and efforts of many engineers, particularly the automotive engineer goes into this process.” Vehicles are intriguing in the sounds of the motor and in how the different types of motors perform in each vehicle, depending on the horsepower and the driver behind the wheel. My interest extends from the design of vehicles, the engine and transmission, how the vehicles operate, and how far a driver is able to push the vehicles and to what limit. My interest is in all the modifications that an automotive engineer can do to enhance the speed and power of the motor, how to disassemble the motor, to reassembling it.