June 8, 2006


GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant awarded top plant quality award by J.D. Power and Associates

Toronto, Ontario – Among North and South American plants, the General Motors Oshawa #2 plant in Ontario, which produces the Buick Allure and Pontiac Grand Prix, received the Gold Plant Quality Award for a second consecutive year. The plant averaged just 43 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). The Oshawa #2 plant produced fewer quality problems than 84 other eligible North and South American car and truck assembly plants.

In addition, DaimlerChrysler’s Windsor, Ontario plant, which produces the Pacifica, Town & Country, Caravan and Grand Caravan tied with Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which produces the Avalon, Camry and Solara Coupe/Convertible, for the Silver Plant Quality Award. DaimlerChrysler’s Windsor plant received a PP100 score of 47.

“Canadian plants have again demonstrated that they are competitive, not only in terms of productivity, but also in terms of quality,” said Richard Cooper, Executive Director of J.D. Power and Associates Canada. “This will be an important issue as Canada, and particularly Ontario, seeks to continue it recent successes in winning investment dollars in the highly competitive North American production environment.”

Worldwide, Toyota received a total of four assembly plant quality awards for producing vehicles yielding the fewest defects, including the Platinum Plant Quality Award for its Iwate, Japan, plant, producer of the Lexus ES 330. The Iwate plant averaged just 32 PP100.

In the Asia Pacific region, Toyota’s Higashi-Fuji, Japan, plant, which produces the Lexus SC 430, received the Silver Plant Quality Award. Toyota’s Kyushu, Japan, plant, which produces the Lexus IS 250/IS 350, Lexus RX 330/400h and Toyota Highlander/Highlander Hybrid, and American Honda’s Saitama, Japan, plant, which produces the Acura RL, Acura TSX and Honda CR-V, tied for the Bronze Plant Quality Award.

Magna Steyr, the Graz, Austria, plant that assembles under contract for traditional manufacturers, received the Gold Plant Quality Award for Europe. Magna Steyr produces the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class/Wagon and the Saab 9-3 Convertible. BMW’s Dingolfing, Germany, plant, which produces the BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series, received the Silver Plant Quality Award, and Porsche’s Valmet, Finland, plant, which produces the Cayman and Boxster, received the Bronze Plant Quality Award.

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