BILBAO, Spain -- Despite Toyota Motor Corp.'s massive recall to address safety concerns, the Japanese automaker remains a clear overall favorite of suppliers, according to an index of automaker-supplier relations.
Toyota finished as the overall leader in the 2010 Supplier Relationship (SuRe) index -- a ranking that was part of the 6th annual Automotive News Europe/SupplierBusiness OEM-Supplier Relations Study.
Honda Motor Corp. was No. 2 in the SuRe index followed by Porsche AG, BMW AG and Audi AG. Chrysler, Fiat and General Motors finished at the bottom of the ranking.
(For full results, see Supplier Relations Index PDF below right).
Toyota earned the top score because it ranked at or near the top in three key categories of the OEM-Supplier Relations Study: 1) trust 2) allowing partsmakers the chance to earn a good profit and 3) providing suppliers with clear objectives and reliable volume projections.
But Toyota slipped to fifth from No. 1 in attractiveness as a partner for partsmakers in the OEM-Supplier Relations Study.