Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. not only pulled ahead of Toyota Motor Corp. to become the most productive auto maker in North America in 2005, but it also proved the most profitable, says the Harbour Report, released today. The annual benchmarking study measures assembly hours per vehicle. Nissan placed first with 28.46 hours per unit (includes vehicle assembly, stamping, powertrain), improving 12.5% over last year, while Toyota’s efficiency slipped 3.7% to second place. Nissan also earned the ...

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