When fine-tuning is at its best, car companies earn better reputations and even awards. J.D. Power and Associates, for instance, ranks companies each year for its Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study, a report more commonly known as APEAL. While design and engineering play important roles in automotive manufacturing, fine-tuning is what really earns the execution score.
Fine-tuning a vehicle as part of the auto manufacturing process saves time and money and prevents complications for companies and consumers alike. It also reduces the number of recalls a company may have to issue, and it can make buyers more satisfied with their cars and the manufacturer. As McDaniel said, "If you build in quality, it saves in the long run" [source: McDaniel].
Whether the fine-tuning is performed throughout the process as Toyota does, or in a concentrated effort at the end like Aston Martin, the attention to detail pays off in better-built vehicles and happier customers.
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