The Quality Drag on China's Car Industry

Chinese automakers have made great strides, but J.D. Power's Lubo Li says structural barriers block the way to a globally competitive level

For anyone touring most vehicle production plants in China these days, it's impossible to miss the large, bold and seemingly ubiquitous signs reminding workers that "Quality Comes First," or encouraging workers to make a commitment to "Total Quality Management." The signs might be painted above a facility's entrance gates, hang prominently over a glittering assembly line, or conspicuously in the company cafeteria.

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