June 2, 2006

Chrysler Group productivity tops U.S. automotive industry

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group has improved its overall manufacturing productivity by an industry-leading 24 per cent over the last four years, according to The Harbour Report North America 2006. The annual Harbour Report is a broadly-accepted measure of productivity in the automotive industry, with nearly all major manufacturers participating in the survey.

The Chrysler Group improved its overall hours per vehicle (HPV) time by six per cent to 33.71, from 35.85 a year ago, the most improved in the industry. As well, the company’s St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Missouri, producers of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan, was recognized as North America’s top minivan plant, while the company’s transmission manufacturing productivity was the best in the industry, and engine productivity was most improved.

Along with the minivan plant, four other Chrysler Group plants scored at the top of their segments: the front-wheel drive transmission Kokomo, Indiana plant, the rear-wheel drive transmission Kokomo plant, the Mack 4.7-litre engine plant in Detroit, and the Hemi engine plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

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