June 13, 2006
Study shows suppliers prefer Toyota and Honda, but domestic manufacturers are improving
Birmingham, Michigan – A U.S. study of OEM-Tier 1 suppliers shows that Toyota and Honda have a commanding lead in good relations with their suppliers and are the preferred automakers among them, although efforts by Ford and General Motors to improve relations with their suppliers may be starting to work as these companies show improvement. The study was performed by Planning Perspectives Inc.
The study shows that overall, with the exception of Honda, the automakers are working harder to improve relations with their largest suppliers, rather than their smaller suppliers. Honda tends to treat all of its suppliers the same. Of the six automakers surveyed, the highest rated was Toyota, followed by Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.