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Performance data of product development of regional car industries in the mid-90s

 

Japanese Producers

American Producers

European bulk
producers

European Producers

Average no. of engineering hours per new car (millions)

1.7

3.1

2.9

3.1

Average development time of each new car (months)

46.2

60.4

57.3

59.9

Number of workers involved in project team

485

903

904

Number of car body designs per model

2.3

1.7

2.7

1.3

Average percentage of adopted parts

18%

38%

28%

30%

Contribution of suppliers to the development 

51%

14%

37%

32%

Costs of changes in construction as a proportion of total tool costs

10-20%

30-50%

10-30%

Proportion of delayed products

1/6

1/2

1/3

Tool development time (months)

13.8

25.0

28.0

Lead time of pilot series (months)

6.2

12.4

10.9

Time from start of production to first sales (months)

1

4

2

Return to normal productivity after new model (month)

4

5

12

Return to normal quality (months)

1.4

11

12

As a survey by Prof. K. Clark of the Harvard Business School showed, in 1986, the development of a car was much faster and cost-effective in Japan, where simultaneous engineering was applied, than in the USA or in Europe.

 


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