The first thing we had to do was figure out how to get from our hotel to the BMW plant on the subway. I wasn’t worried because Stan is so good at figuring these things out. I could be of no assistance because reading German is very difficult.
Me: “Stan, are we getting on at Hopin Off? Doesn’t make sense.” (Followed by hilarious laughter because I think I’m funny.)
Stan: Shakes head and tells me I’m silly.
|Ticket to Olympiazentrum
which means Olympic Center
|Look Mom! I’m not losing my stuff!
We had a lovely, knowledgeable tour guide who spoke English with an adorable accent. The tour of the plant took us through all areas of production: the Press Shop (where the metal is molded, cut and welded), the Body Shop (where all the body parts are put together by robots), the Paint Shop (fully automated and operated robotically), the Engine Shop, Production of Interior Equipment and Seats, the final Assembly Line (where I finally saw humans working on the cars), and the final Test and Inspection Area. It was amazing to watch robots build a car! The tour guide said the process is 97% automated and yet the plant employs 9,000 people from 50 countries. Can you imagine?
The plant was SO clean and organized. I kept wondering how they keep everything so clean when they are building 900 cars per day. All I do is park my car in the garage and I can’t keep it that clean!
After the tour and lunch, it was finally time to meet Stan’s baby. Below is a video of the car coming off the elevator, circling the delivery level and being staged for presentation and delivery to Stan. Check it out.
|Proud new owner.
|Stan getting instructions.
|H.A. watching Stan getting instructions.
We came across this street sign and couldn’t figure out what it meant. We decided it means moms cannot hold their child’s hand in this zone. Stan said it is their version of “hands free”.
We decided this one means moms must hold their child’s hand between the hours of 10:15 and 22:30.
This country has some weird rules.