Why Detroit finally went on a diet

11/18/2009 | IndustryWeek

GM, Ford and Chrysler have long been seen as Toyota's flabby, out-of-shape siblings -- but industry experts say the Big Three are finally embracing lean manufacturing principles. All three companies have slashed the number of labor-hours required to produce their vehicles, and Ron Harbour, the author of a respected industry report, says Detroit has now all but eliminated its productivity deficit against Japanese imports.

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