Fleet MY-2012 Order-to-Delivery Times Improve Slightly

The October 2012 issue of Automotive Fleet highlights the key factors causing Order-to-Delivery (OTD) delays.  The main factors identified were increased vehicle volumes due to continued auto industry sales growth, lengthy quality holds, parts shortages, ongoing railcar shortages, recalls, plant changes, and weather-related issues.  Rob Baran, ARI’s department head of vehicle acquisition, points to quality holds as the primary factor influencing 2012 OTD.  “Quality holds were the primary cause of delay in 2012.  We experienced minor interruptions with some models due to restraints. Other delays were seen, due to component holds, and new engine options. In addition, there was a hold on certain wheels, due to a supplier issue with 20-inch tires, and the discontinuation of a tire brand that had to be replaced.”

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