Why has Toyota won Market Share from General Motors?

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nomansalim

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Hi

I am a mechanical engineer and doing my MSc in Engineering managment. I have been given an assignment about what is better in Toyota production system than General Motors.
I know that toyota uses tools as SMED,kanban etc.

Has somebody got any specific information about this topic?
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wmarhel

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Hi

Has somebody got any specific information abotu this topic.
cheers
Where would you like to start. There is plenty of information here on The Cove, and some of the threads will help direct you to other resources.

Can you narrow down and define your topic a little more? Are you interested in new product development, costing mechanisms, supply chain, management, etc? Each area can probably take up an entire volume, so the more narrow the focus, the easier it will be for others to help.

Wayne
 
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It's really simple. And not just about beating GM, but all 'old school' car makers.

Toyota make cars that people want to buy, they make them well by relentlessly pursuing cost saving process controls & standardization. They haven't got huge legacy healthcare problems. Toyota don't mess with suppliers. They focus on vehicle designs which can be made, properly.

GM haven't made cars people want to buy, they make too many versions (9 'Trailblazer' type SUV's alone) creating costly complexity and they have poor supplier relationships. GM create vehicle designs which (sometimes) look nice but can't be made properly.

There, I just wrote your assignment for you!:lmao:
 

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Randy

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Simpler than that Andy....It's called P-D-C-A / CI and really meaning and doing it over the last 50+ years.

The American automakers were just to stupid, lazy, set-in-their-ways, and prideful to do anything but turn into manufacturing dinosaurs (oh yeah, labor helped as well in the decline)

In fact, American industry as a whole fits into the same pattern.

Gosh, am I mean and nasty or what?
 
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Re: Why Toyota has won Market Share from General Motors

Simpler than that Andy....It's called P-D-C-A / CI and really meaning and doing it over the last 50+ years.

The American automakers were just to stupid, lazy, set-in-their-ways, and prideful to do anything but turn into manufacturing dinosaurs (oh yeah, labor helped as well in the decline)

In fact, American industry as a whole fits into the same pattern.

Gosh, am I mean and nasty or what?
Yup, you sure are.............:lmao:;)

Having worked in a number of plants around the greater Motown area, I can't really agree with everything you said about the PDCA/Ci thing, in practice they do those things but probably too little, too late.......otherwise I agree with you.

So does that make me mean and nasty too?
 
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reigelser

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Back to the OP's question: maybe you want to check the book " The machine that changed the world" because as far as I remember there your question is basically answered for the automotive industry in general.
The study described in the book was I believe from the 90's but the consequences of what was encountered is what the big three still struggle with now and what resulted in TOYOTA becoming what they are now.
 

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Back to the OP's question: maybe you want to check the book " The machine that changed the world" because as far as I remember there your question is basically answered for the automotive industry in general.
The study described in the book was I believe from the 90's but the consequences of what was encountered is what the big three still struggle with now and what resulted in TOYOTA becoming what they are now.

Yeah, and I'll bet that if you broke it all down to the lowest common denominator or to the prime numbers involved you'd wind back at my 1st post here.
 

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Yeah, and I'll bet that if you broke it all down to the lowest common denominator or to the prime numbers involved you'd wind back at my 1st post here.
Marc should code the forum in a way that, once you answer a question, that thread should automatically close, to avoid other responders attempts to collaborate. Sorry for barging in, but I was unaware that you are also an expert in the Toyota Production System.
 
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