TOYOTA CITY, Japan – A new, contemplative quality-control initiative implemented by Toyota Motor Corp. in response to a spate of damaging recalls will not threaten the auto maker’s growth or speed-to-market, a top executive says. The strategy, which adds a layer of management at the research-and-development level and intensifies a customer-oriented product-development focus, will add about four weeks to Toyota’s average 24-month lead time. But the extra work is not expected to delay any ...

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