Ford Motor Co. is using product commonality and joint purchasing to lower cost and improve quality, said David Thursfield, who is in charge of international operations and global purchasing. He told his audience at the J.D. Power and Associates International Automotive Roundtable here yesterday that Ford can now use a single transmission across several brands. That has shifted individual volumes from as small as 40,000 units to joint volume of more than 300,000. PHOTO: JOE WILSSENS
Common products, uncommon gains
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