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Auto productivity up in North America in '05.

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An annual report on the North American auto industry shows that recent quality efforts have reduced the productivity gap among the key automakers. According to the Harbour Report North America 2006, released this month by Michigan-based Harbour Consulting, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan and Toyota all gained more from their workforces and capital investments in 2005 compared with 2004. In the category of assembly hours alone, the difference between the most and least productive was down to 4.84 hours per vehicle in 2005 (see chart at right).

DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group continues to show the fastest rate of productivity improvement, doing 6% better in 2005. In overall productivity (total manufacturing hours per vehicle, which includes assembly and other operations), four of the six automakers - Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Nissan - showed improvement in 2005. In this category, Nissan Motor Co. led the industry, at 28.46 hours per vehicle, followed by Toyota Motor Corp. at 29.40 and Honda at 32.51 hours per vehicle. General Motors was close behind at 33.19.

For more information about the study, visit www.harbourinc.com .
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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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