AN's Mark Rechtin is reporting (subs req'd) that Toyota is slowing down its product development in order to "build more prototype vehicles, hire more engineers and spend more money in an effort to ensure that quality doesn't slip. The company also will take more time between project approval and production of the first salable vehicle."
The slowdown-and-be-careful program is called Customer First, and has greenlighted requests from engineers for more time, money and personnel to develop vehicles. According to AN, chief engineers requested the following:
- Better original computerized blueprints
- More prototypes
- More quality checkers
- More time
- Bigger budgets
[Source: Mark Rechtin / Automotive News]