“Closing the Gap” (#1122)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: Volvo Rumors

    Guest:

    • Jim Hall, Vice President, AutoPacific

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
  3. Segment 2: Productivity Report

    Guest:

    • Ron Harbour, President, Harbour Consulting

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
  4. Review: 2008 Nissan SUVs


  5. EXTRA: Jim Hall, AutoPacific


Synopsis

The top three Japanese automakers are ahead of Chrysler, Ford and GM in manufacturing productivity and quality. But their lead is narrowing and is now the narrowest the Harbour Report has ever documented. The annual study of automaker productivity shows the Detroit Three are getting awfully close. Ron Harbour, president and CEO of Harbour Consulting, joins John McElroy on this week's show to discuss the latest findings in the 2007 Harbour Report. Findings that will boost the spirits of many around Detroit.

John also welcomes analyst Jim Hall of the automotive consulting group AutoPacific back on the program. Hall has strong comments about the latest rumors coming out of Europe which say that Ford is getting ready to dump Volvo, and that BMW is getting ready to buy it. Autoline Detroit also looks at the latest product revisions to the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, Titan and Armada.