• Jun 13, 2006

Within the auto industry, it's something of an secret that most suppliers prefer to work with Asian "transplant" OEMs, who are perceived to be easier to work with. Planning Perspective's recently released survey shows that the Big 3 are making substantive improvements, but still have a long ways to go until becoming Best Friends Forever with the companies that supply parts to them.

Toyota once again topped the survey, earning 407 points out of a possible 500. Honda followed behind with 366 points, and Nissan brought home the bronze with 300 points. All of those scores are down or flat from last year, but they're still substantially better than Stateside competition. Tops among domestic automakers? DaimlerChrysler with 218 points, followed by  Ford with 174, and General Motors bringing up the rear with just 131.

While 76 percent of Toyota's suppliers stated that their customer relationship was "good" or "very good" and 11 percent characterized their rapport as "bad", only 3 percent had a favorable view of their relationship with GM, and a whopping 86 percent called their situation "poor."

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah, gotta love the bias argument (joke, right?). After all, we here on Autoblog are sure to intuit the business dynamics of GM more accurately than the suppliers that work with them on a daily basis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes PJ i was kidding, but in all seriousness, the improvement of the domestics is at least a good sign. If anybody is looking for some sort of positive news. GM going under will be a huge blow for not only the GM workers and supliers but also taxpayers, investors, financial institutions, etc. I hope they get it together.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't know how long you've observed the "domestic" auto industry, but I've watched it for over half a century. The domestics management never learns. That's why my latest is a Maxima.

      Today the NASCAR teams are having a hissy, because a Camry made in America will race next year. And they will race against a Fusion made in Mexico, and a Chevy and a Dodge made in Canada. Since when has Germany been made the 51st state?

      And the so-called imports are only a few percentage points from matching the domestic content of the "domestics". The worst part is the Imports are increasing their domestic content, while the big two are decreasing theirs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "All of those [Japanese]scores are down or flat from last year, but they're still substantially better than Stateside competition."

      That's incorrect. Toyota & Honda slipped, but Nissan was up by several points.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't know how long you've observed the "domestic" auto industry, but I've watched it for over half a century. The domestics management never learns. That's why my latest is a Maxima.

      Today the NASCAR teams are having a hissy, because a Camry made in America will race next year. And they will race against a Fusion made in Mexico, and a Chevy and a Dodge made in Canada. Since when has Germany been made the 51st state?

      And the so-called imports are only a few percentage points from matching the domestic content of the "domestics". The worst part is the Imports are increasing their domestic content, while the big two are decreasing theirs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's bias. GM forever!