Where? Greer, SC. Take I-85 to South Carolina Exit 60.
Cost: Guided tours of the plant are $7 per person. A discount rate of $3.50 is available for students and BMWCCA members. Entrance to the BMW Zentrum Museum is free.
Year Opened: 1994.
Hours & Days: The Zentrum Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm except for holidays. Plant tours are not given when the plant is closed.
Details: Reservations are required. Tours cannot be booked more than 60 days in advance. Plant tours are for a variety of groups, including schools, seniors, corporations, associations, etc. Tour visitors must be at least 12 years old.
A tour guide leads visitors on a walk through the plant that lasts about an hour. Visitors wear headsets during the tour.
For meetings and special events, the Zentrum conference rooms have the capacity to seat about 65 people comfortably; the auditorium seats 235. The museum galleries can be used for receptions and drop-ins and accommodates up to 250.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Where: Montgomery, AL. Take I-65 to Exit 164.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 2005
Hours & Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Visitor Center hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm except holidays.
Details: Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at 334-387-8019 or complete the online form at tour.hmmausa.com to schedule a tour.
Plan to stay about 1.5 hours. Each tour begins with an 8-minute overview video that explains the process of producing the Hyundai Sonata sedan and the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Visitors ride on tour trams and use headsets to hear the "live" narration.
The tour permits a maximum of 32 people. Larger groups may schedule more than one hour. Minimum age is 6 years old with parent or guardian. School or group tours minimum age is third grade with at least one adult for each 10 students. This manufacturing plant can produce 300,000 vehicles per year.
On November 30, 2009, the plant's
1,000,000 car rolled off the assemby line.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive
Where: Lafayette, IN. Take I-65 to Exit 168.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 1989
Hours & Days: Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. with at least 24-hour pre-registration.
Details: Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment, call 765-449-6250. Minimum age is 10 years old. Closed toe shoes required. No photography or photo-taking cell phones allowed.
A guide leads visitors along a tour route to see the auto manufacturing process from beginning to end. The tour route includes a one-mile walk on an elevated catwalk with several small staircases. Groups of seven persons or less can be accommodated on golf carts for persons having difficulty walking the normal tour route or negotiating the staircases.
This plant produces the Subaru Outback, Legacy and Tribeca vehicles along with Toyota Camrys through a business collaboration with Toyota.
This plant site area is 820 acres.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Where: Georgetown, KY. Take I-75 North, Exit 126 or I-75 South, Exit 129.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 1988
Hours & Days: The Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday at 9am-4pm.
Details: Reservations are strongly encouraged. Those without reservations may tour as space permits. Currently, the public tour program is suspended until May 1, 2011 due to plant construction. The Visitor Center is open to view the displays and the "virtual tour" video. Reservations are not required for the virtual tour. To make a reservation for May 2011, call 1-800-866-4488.
The 11,500 square foot Visitor Center is filled with visual and hands-on experiences. The tour includes portions of the 7.5 million square foot facility via electric tram where a guide points out the foundations of the Toyota Production System and provides insight into the line side processes of the team members. The tram ride takes approximately an hour and a half.
Products manufactured at the Georgetown plant include the Camry 4-door sedan, Avalon sedan, Venza minivan 4-cylinder and V6 engines. Production capacity is about 500,000 vehicles per year – that's about 2,000 vehicles per day!
Tour groups and other large groups are welcome. Children must be in the first grade or above to take the tour. Visitors must also present a valid photo ID. School groups must be at least in the fourth grade or above.
This plant is now Toyota's largest
production facility outside of Japan.
Shelby American Factory
Where: Las Vegas, NV.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 1962
Hours & Days:Tours are conducted only at 10:30am. Plan to arrive at Shelby by 10:15am to take the tour.
Details: No reservation or registration is required for the tour. The Shelby American factory is a popular destination for performance and racing enthusiasts around the world.
The Shelby Museum and Gift Shop is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Located near the famed Las Vegas Speedway, the museum is always changing and includes some of the most famous cars ever produced from the first Cobra CSX2000 – believed to be the world’s most valuable car – to prototypes of the Series 1, Shelby GT-H, Terlingua, GT500KR, and others.
A limited number of Shelby GT350s will be built.
GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant
Where: Bowling Green, KY. Take I-65, Exit 28.
Cost: $7 per person. Current GM employees, GM retirees (with ID), and active military personnel (with ID) are permitted to tour free of charge. Accompanying guests are admitted at no charge, up to 10 guests. Tours sponsored, organized and supervised by schools involving children in grades three through eight will be admitted free.
Year Opened: 1981
Hours & Days: Monday-Thursday at 8:30am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm.
Details: To schedule a tour, call the tour office at 270-745-8019, book online or use the kiosk for walk-in reservations. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Private tours may be scheduled up to 365 days in advance for a maximum of 75 people. Tours are not available when the plant is closed. The 1,000,000 square foot plant has 50,000 tourists each year.
Visitors watch a brief safety video and listen to an introduction about the plant before going on the one hour and fifteen minute guided tour. This one mile walking tour highlights the assembly process of the Chevrolet Corvette as robots weld the steel structure and the workforce adds parts until the new Corvette drives off the end of the line.
The plant has partnered with the National Corvette Museum so that enthusiasts may watch their own Corvette being built on a personalized tour and take special delivery of their car.
The National Corvette Museum is across the street
from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
The Ford Rouge Factory
Where: Dearborn, MI. Take I-75, I-94 or I-96.
Cost: $12.75 per adult, $12 for seniors. Year Opened: 1927
Details: The Ford Rouge Factory Tour has limited capacity and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Groups of 15+ are eligible for group admission prices. Contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information. The Factory tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes:
Legacy Theatre - a look at the history of the Rouge through rare, historic video footage (13 minutes);
Art of Manufacturing Theatre - a multi-sensory theatre experience (14 minutes);
Observation Deck Tour - a walking tour of the world's largest living roof from a 80-foot-high Deck (variable 5-15 minutes);
Assembly Plant Walking Tour - a walking tour above the actual final assembly area where Ford
F-150s are made (variable 30-45 minutes);
Legacy Gallery - see five historic vehicles made at the Rouge including the 20,000,000th Ford, sit in a new F-150, and visit the Factory Store.
Public tours begin on the grounds of the historic Henry Ford. Group tour operators may request direct-arrival and bus parking arrangements with the Call Center representative when making advance reservations. Group arrivals are scheduled between 9am and 3pm.
The Ford Rouge Factory is part of
The Henry Ford which attracts more
than 1.6 million visitors annually.
Nissan North America
Where: Smyrna, TN. Take I-24 to Exit 70.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 1983
Hours & Days: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am and 1:00pm.
Details: Reservations are required. To schedule at tour, call the tour line at 615-459-1444. Tours can accommodate up to 50 people. The minimum age for the tour is ten years old. This 5.4 million square foot facility has 3,900 employees and is on 884 acres. Current production capacity is 550,000 vehicles per year. Models produced here include the Nissan Altima, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Xterra, and Nissan Pathfinder.
Nissan North America in Smyrna, TN sprawls over 884 acres.
KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia
Where: West Point, GA. Take I-85 to Exit 6.
Cost: TBA Year Opened: 2009
Hours & Days:Public tours are not available as of year end 2010; however, a regular public tour program is planned in the near future.
Details: The plant is able to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ about 2,500 team members. The plant size is 2,259 acres.
The first U.S.-built Kia vehicle, a white 2011 MY Sorento CUV,
rolled off the production line on November 16, 2009.
GM Truck Assembly Plant
Where: Flint, MI. Take I-69 to Exit 135.
Cost: No Charge Year Opened: 1947
Hours & Days: Thursday at 9am and 1 pm, by prior arrangement.
Details: This tour is an up close and personal look at the 900 Silverado, voted Motor Trend’s 2011 truck of the year, GMC Sierra HD Crew Cab and Chevy light duty as they are assembled and roll off the production line. This plant has produced over 12.8 million Chevrolet and GM vehicles. The 2 hour tour can be shortened as needed. Memorial for historic Sit-down Strike is only a block away. Contact the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to schedule tour: 810-232-8902 or 810-232-6715.
GM Truck Assembly Plant
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
Where: Tuscaloosa County, AL. Take I-20/59, Exit 89.
Cost: Museum is free. Year Opened: 1997
Hours & Days:Visitor Center Museum is open Monday-Friday at 8:30am-4:30pm.
Details: Factory tours of the Mercedes-Benz plant have been stopped for now due to production of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Next Generation vehicles and plant construction. Check the website at mbusi.com for further information regarding the reinstatement of tours. The Visitor Center Museum remains open and welcomes groups.
The 3+ million square foot plant sits on 966 acres in Vance, AL. Total annual production after the plant expansion will be approximately 174,000 units.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
Reprinted from TRIPinfo.com's 2011 Resource Atlas & Handbook.