May 30, 2002

Toyota and GM win assembly plant quality awards too

Westlake Village, California – In addition to doing well in the 2002 Initial Quality Study, Toyota and General Motors also dominated the Initial Quality Study Assembly Plant awards for vehicles produced for the North American marketplace.

Toyota’s Tahara, Japan, car plant, which produces the Lexus GS 300/430 and the Lexus LS 430, receives the platinum award for best worldwide plant quality. Two other Toyota plants in Japan also earn awards in the Asia Pacific region.

Effectively, General Motors sweeps the plant awards for North/South America, including a Gold award for GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant, and a tie for bronze by its plant in Lansing, Michigan, and the NUMMI plant, which is a joint venture between GM and Toyota. BMW receives the top two awards in the European region, with DaimlerChrysler earning the bronze.

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