General Motors Corp.’s GMT800 platform, starting with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and adding SUV derivatives, is huge: 1.8 million units in 2003. So ways to reduce costs in any of the thousands of components that are required to produce these vehicles can reap GM significant savings. High-performance integration instrument panel on Mazda6 earned SPE interior award. During 2003, GM made a “running change” in the material used to fabricate the lower carrier on ...

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