Toyota, Honda Finish 1-2; General Motors Finishes at 3rd in Annual Supplier Working Relations Study
Results of the 22nd annual North American Automotive OEM - Supplier Working Relations Index® (WRI®) Study were released by Plante Moran. The study shows in spite of supply chain shortages and production volatility, transition pains to electric vehicles, logistics constraints, and increasing raw material costs impacting automakers and suppliers, two of the six major U.S. OEMs made substantial improvements in their WRI® scores and two held steady, while two others fell – one significantly.
The 2022 Working Relations Index shows Toyota slipping but still in first place, with Honda moving up significantly. GM is alone in third place at 287, with Ford falling further behind at 242. Nissan, still in fifth place, continues its major gains that started in 2020 and made another big move up this year. Stellantis is in a distant last placing, having fallen 70 points since 2020.