NEW YORK – Slicing the new model launch curve from Job One to full line-speed from 65 days to a mere 20-25 days is just one of the signs Ford Motor Co. has improved its quality, Bennie Fowler, group vice president-quality, says at a press conference here. Quality gains also have allowed the auto maker to emulate the best Japanese practices of adding a new model into the mix at a plant while the old one still is being assembled, the executive says, pointing to the Ford Flex cross/utility ...

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