J.D. Power and Associates released the results of their annual Initial Quality Study, and GM is sitting at the top, with 5 Chevy vehicles taking top honors in their respective segments.
Chevrolet landed in the top 5 with sibling brand GMC. These two GM brands were the only two non-luxury brands in the top five.
The study measures the number of problems on 2013 cars and light trucks reported by buyers after 90 days of ownership.
The industry average is 113 problems per 100 vehicles, and GM averaged 98 problems per 100 vehicles. GM was the only automaker with less than one problem per new car. Toyota and Honda tied for second with 103 problems per 100 units surveyed.
Chevy Vehicles Lead the Way for GM
All four of GM’s brands are above the industry average, and two are in the top 5.
GMC came in at #2, behind premium luxury and sports-car brand Porsche, while Chevrolet came in at #5.
Cadillac landed at #14 and Buick was close behind at #15.
Chevy, however, led the GM brands with five leading their individual segments.
Eight GM vehicles were at the top of their categories, with Chevy taking five top spots:
- Midsize Sporty Car: Chevrolet Camaro
- Large Car: Chevy Impala
- Large SUV: Chevy Tahoe
- Large Light Duty Pickup: Chevy Avalanche
- Large Heavy Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD
Overall Quality Continues to Rise
Although some household names like Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW were below the industry average, J.D. Power and Associates found that overall quality continues to rise across the board.
“The manufacturers have gotten really, really good at building high-quality products,” said David Sargent, VP of Global Automotive Practice at J.D. Power. “Quality now is not just ‘Does it work?’ It’s a matter of how it works and is it simple and enjoyable to operate.”
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