AD #3086 – Audi Tests C-V2X In School Zones; Commercial F-150 Lightning Details; Toyota Ranked #1 in Supplier Survey

May 24th, 2021 at 11:56am

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Runtime: 9:13

0:08 Suppliers Say Toyota Is the Best to Work With
0:56 Ford Shares Commercial F-150 Lightning Details
3:44 Mazda CX-3 & Mazda6 Discontinued For 2022 Model Year
4:38 Audi Tests C-V2X In School Zones
6:55 Tesla Faces Big Fine in Norway
8:00 Daimler Trucks Warns About EV Transition Job Loss
8:24 Dixon Takes Pole Position at Indy 500

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14 Comments to “AD #3086 – Audi Tests C-V2X In School Zones; Commercial F-150 Lightning Details; Toyota Ranked #1 in Supplier Survey”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    I know some of the reason FCA’s supplier rating is so low is somewhat attributed to the frequent changeover in management. Dodge, Jeep Chrysler had specifications that were then adapted to Diamler and then Fiat. They didn’t care that programs were bid and launched with one set of specs but when Fiat took over the new specs were just expected to be met at the suppliers cost.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Ford doesn’t seem to serious about selling the Lightning as a work truck, at least early on, if the only body style is going to be crew cab, short bed. Yeah, the frunk will help, but I’d think people would still want an 8 foot bed. At least that’s most of what I see at construction sites.


    I figured that the extended range battery was going to be a $10,000 option. That makes the consumer XLT version extended range to start around $63,000 before options. That is a bit expensive for an XLT trim. I will keep my reservation but it is starting to look less likely that I will buy a lightning when finally released. Still waiting for the configurator to be released to tell for sure.

  4. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Basically looking at the supplier ratings, most fit into the adequate category (none rated “good”), while Ford, Nissan and FCA equal poor. These seem arbitrary at best, and although they are probably being assigned mostly objectively there also seems to be a lot of subjective ratings as well. It, the chart, does provide with a relative distinction between companies, but does create nebulous absolute ratings; so I don’t see a corollary to what these numbers actually mean other than a list from top to bottom leaving improvement a little tough to actually ‘nail’ down.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    4 I believe the biggest contributor to supplier ratings are how the OE works with the supplier. If they are treated like part of the team that is also trying to provide the best product or are they treated like a necessary evil.
    Many of the OE’s for years were so big they had the power to push things onto suppliers or threaten to remove them from the supplier list which could bankrupt them. As a supplier you had no choice but to bend over and take it. Also many adopted this kick-back BS dreamed up by some buyer that every year the supplier is to lower their cost X% and provide cost saving ideas or give money back to the OE just for the privilege of doing business with them.
    Yet everyone talks about ethical business practices and somehow they seem okay with that.

  6. XA351GT Says:

    That’s just another reason why I am skeptical of EVs . When I heard that tesla was ‘turning up” the range on their cars when people were trying to escape the hurricane a couple years ago . It made me wonder if they can do that what stops them from turning down the output without your knowledge? I really don’t like the idea of anyone or anything controlling my car except my right foot and hands. Also makes you wonder when you are paying for that extra range and find it’s software and not a bigger battery pack you are actually being charged for.

  7. Jim Haines Says:

    Maybe the suppliers for Toyota rate them so high is they own or partly own so many of them

  8. Drew Says:

    Regarding supplier satisfaction, the relative ratings look very similar to product reliability ratings. As customers are dissatisfied with poor reliability, I suspect suppliers are dissatisfied when OEMs charge the suppliers for repairs.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe Toyota pays the bills on time, and some of the others don’t.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I drove by the Kokomo, IN car dealers today, and lots that are normally full of new cars were nearly empty. This new car shortage is for real.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 They touched a little on this on last weeks Autoline after hours. I agree that its going to be hard for the automakers to try and develop a constant revenue stream with apps and OTA updates. People are use to buying a vehicle and owning it and even our cell phones get free updates so getting people to pay for it will only work until one automaker doesn’t charge for it. It would be interesting to see what the take rate for things like on-star and satellite radio are.

    However like you said XA351GT, It would be a huge deterrent to me buying a vehicle that has capabilities and options that I paid for but just need to be turned on. And sure you can compare it to Cable TV where all the channels are there but you only get what you’ve paid for. Which is also why people hack the boxes and steal cable.
    From a business perspective it makes sense but from the customer satisfaction side of things I think it will be a real thorn in peoples side. The first automaker to offer it all free will blow their strategy up and rake in customers who are much happier with a single price at the time of purchase.


    10) Same story around here. Lots are empty, particularly the more rural dealerships which don’t typically carry high inventory. The prices at auction for used cars is through the roof as dealerships try to supplement their lack of new car inventory with 1-2 year old used cars. My Fusion has a trade in value now that is as high as what I paid for it retail 1.5 years ago. It is unbelievable.


    12) I checked the trade in value today again on my Fusion out of curiosity. Last I checked was a month ago. The trade in value is now higher than what I paid retail for it 1.5 years ago. If I traded it in, the Fusion would have paid me to drive it. That is insane. Of course this will only last until such time that new cars are produced in reasonable volume again.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 My Camry isn’t worth more than I paid for it, but it’s about 70% of what I paid for it, pretty good for a 3 year old car bought new.