The distribution models employed by automobile importers such as Toyota and Honda are an important component of the automakers' general business strategies. Toyota's approach is dock-based; vehicles arriving in the U.S. from Japan are kept at the port for cleaning and customization. The dock becomes a satellite factory. This method has increased Toyota's flexibility, since it allows the company to produce high volumes of a particular model and then add accessories to meet regional tastes at the dock. In contrast, Honda's approach is dealer- based. This method gives Honda greater freedom to experiment and introduce new models. Because Honda introduces new products to the market more frequently, it needs to have a fast, efficient plant-to- dealer distribution method. Vehicles are customized at Honda dealerships rather than at the dock.


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 16-21
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    • Issue Number: 22
    • Publisher: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

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  • Accession Number: 00965051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
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  • Created Date: Nov 3 2003 12:00AM