NUMMI - A Story of GM's Success and Failure in a Joint Venture with Toyota

Here's a Podcast from This American Life about NUMMI, the GM joint venture with Toyota. Though the podcast is intended for the general public, any manufacturing professional should find it of interest

The episode summary:

A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved. Frank Langfitt explains why GM didn’t learn the lessons—until it was too late.