Toyota still tops in supplier relations, but only just
Honda came in just behind Toyota in the study, but Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have made serious strides toward improving their supplier relationship. In the past, the domestic automakers have continuously pressed their suppliers to produce parts with a lower price tag, which generated conflict. That seems to be changing, however. The Planning Perspectives study says that Ford may even overtake Honda and Toyota in coming years.
Meanwhile, Japanese automakers have seen their supplier relationships degrade over repeated recalls and other quality issues.
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