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GM Ranks Low with Auto Suppliers

ABJ – Things have gone from bad to worse for General Motors over the past few years, and the trend seems to be continuing with a new survey of top suppliers to the auto industry saying GM is the worst American automaker to deal with on a regular basis.  This additional bit of trouble comes on the heels of the company being locked in a public relations crisis caused by a deadly ignition defect that has triggered the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. 

The survey conducted by Planning Perspectives Inc., asks the industry’s biggest suppliers to rate their relationships with the six automakers that account for more than 85 percent of all light vehicle sales in the United States. Suppliers gave GM low marks in a number of areas, including its overall trustworthiness, its communication skills, and protection of intellectual property.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd. overtook Ford Motor Co for third place in PPI’s Supplier Working Relations Index, pushing Ford into fourth. Toyota and Honda finished in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

PPI, which has been conducting the survey for 14 years, says supplier perceptions of automakers are critical because they can determine which car makers see the suppliers’ newest technologies first, get their best pricing and work with their best engineers.

 

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