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GM Mends Fences with Suppliers

Nissan takes tumble in new study.

by on May.15, 2017

GM relies on parts from about 20,000 different suppliers to produce vehicles like the Chevy Bolt.

Once the scourge of automotive suppliers, General Motors has been shaking things up and improving relations with the parts manufacturers who are a critical part of the auto industry, according to a new study that ranks carmakers based on how well they work with suppliers.

Toyota and Honda captured the top two spots in the 2017 North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index study, as has been the norm for most of the 16 previous studies. But Nissan fell for the third year in a row while GM, long the industry laggard rose from sixth to third place this year.

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“GM’s turnaround in supplier relations is remarkable,” said John Henke, president of Planning Perspectives, Inc., which conducts the annual study, noting that the Detroit maker has improved in all five areas covered by the index, while Nissan “has dropped in all five.”


New Nissan Altima is an “All-American” Car

Japanese maker turns to North American suppliers for 98% of content.

by on May.16, 2012

Nissan reveals the redesigned Altima sedan.

What is an “American” car? That’s become increasingly difficult to define in an era when most major international automakers operate at least one U.S. assembly plant – while cars bearing a Detroit nameplate might come from a plant in Korea.

With much of the design and engineering work done in the U.S. – and 98% of its content supplied by North American suppliers, Nissan insists the 2013 Altima is about as American as you can get.

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“We’ve been moving in this direction for some time,” said Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger following the “Job One” rollout of the first saleable Altima.

Nissan, he noted, has been steadily increasing the number of products it builds in the U.S. and Mexico, in large part driven by the strong yen.  And “We’ve been localizing (the parts used in those vehicles) at a faster rate,” he said.