Friday, June 8, 2007

Some Good News About US Auto Makers

From an MSNBC article:

"DETROIT - People might have to stop making all those jokes about the quality of Ford’s cars — the ones that say Ford stands for 'Found on Road Dead' or 'Fixed or Repaired Daily.'

"Now, it could be 'Fixing Our Reputation Daily.'

"Ford Motor Co. supplanted Toyota as leader of the pack in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual initial quality rankings released Wednesday, grabbing more individual awards than any other automaker for the first time since 1998, when it tied for the top spot.

"Ford ranked highest in five of 19 segments in this year’s survey. That’s two better than in 1998 — the last time a U.S. automaker was on top — when Ford tied with Toyota and Honda.


"Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari said those launches 'speak volumes about what we’re doing right.'

"'What we saw today is the result of several years of adhering to our design and manufacturing processes with complete discipline,' she said. 'It took some time for the results to be evident.'


"It is worth noting, he said, that Toyota executives have been speaking publicly about their concerns about maintaining its historically high quality during a time of rapid growth.


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