>> Sunday, September 6, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--North American parts suppliers consider BMW AG the best automaker for adopting innovations into vehicles, according to an Automotive News study compiled with J.D. Power and Associates.
Toyota Motor finished second and Honda Motor ranked third in the Automotive News 2009 OEM Supplier Innovation Study.
Ford Motor showed a huge improvement from the last study in 2007. The company vaulted from last among the major automakers into fifth place.
Bankrupt General Motors was ranked as the worst automaker in North America for incorporating innovations into vehicles. Chrysler LLC dropped dramatically and finished just ahead of GM.
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Here's how suppliers ranked automakers on openness to and implementation of innovation, and willingness to share the rewards.
Source: Automotive News 2009 OEM Supplier Innovation Study, based on a 1,000-point scale