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Nissan lead auto productivity with an average of 28.5 hours per vehicle

U.S. automakers continued to narrow the productivity gap between them and Japanese manufacturers last year, with DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group making the biggest strides, the authors of a closely watched study said Thursday (via AP)

The annual study, which compares labor productivity at six companies with North American plants and is published by Harbour Consulting, put Nissan Motor Co. in the lead with an average of 28.5 hours per vehicle. Ford was last at 35.8 hours. Ron Harbour, president of Harbour Consulting, said Nissan's productivity lead amounts to a cost advantage of $300 to $450 per vehicle over less productive manufacturers.

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