By Jon Miller | Post Date: June 17, 2006 9:33 PM | Comments: 2
The Autoblog is always good for some emotional point-counterpoint when it comes to the fates and doings of the automobile manufacturers in the United States. Today's post titled Toyota to suppliers: don't sell to Hyundai proves no exception with some spirited back-and-forth.
The gist is that Toyota does not want its suppliers on the island of Kyushu to sell parts it helped develop to Hyundai. What follows the article is a wealth of comments on whether this is fair or not by readers who clearly have an opinion on the issue.
Hyundai stated in April of last year that they intend to catch up and overtake Toyota in terms of quality by 2008. As Toyota plays an ever more aggressive game of offense in building factories and expanding their global operation, they are feeling the heat from Hyundai who is racing to catch up in terms of quality. Toyota is has a challenger, and is playing defense.
No more than two decades ago the quality of Hyunday cars was the butt of jokes. Not so today. Among the automotive parts supplers we work with there is a lot of talk of how the "New Four" automobile manufacturers (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai) being more relevant to their future than the Big Three (GM, Ford, Chrysler).
Toyota learned what American manufacturing gurus had to teach them 50 years ago, and after adding a lot to this they developed the Toyota Production System, what we call Lean manufacturing today. Hyundai may be the company best positioned to either learn TPS and advance it, or to force Toyota to evolve their business system to stay on top.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.