New design methodologies and supplier partnership: impacts on Vehicle Development Process (VDP)

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 1, Number 2-3, p.321-334 (2001)



This present paper is intended to summarize most of the current computerized technologies, highlighting their interpretation and implementation in Fiat Auto, with a particular emphasis on the possibility they offer for a tighter integration of external suppliers. The items that will be addressed hereunder are the following: The competitive scenario in the 2000s. New IT opportunities and related development methodologies The impact of supplier partnerships Positive aspects together with relevant drawbacks are analysed to identify their impact on the VDP and the related strategies adopted in Fiat. © 2001 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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