J.D. Power and Associates has released their 2013 Initial Quality Study, and GM is sitting atop the automotive world.
The 2013 report marks the 27th year this study has been conducted. It also marks the first time that GM has stood at the top.
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 10o units surveyed.
GM Brands All Above Average
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 and GMC were the only non-luxury brands in the top five.
Eight vehicles from GM led in individual segments, three of which are available at McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac:
- Midsize Sporty Car: Chevy Camaro (tie with Ford Mustang)
- Sub-Compact SUV: Buick Encore (tie with Kia Sportage)
- Large Car: Chevy Impala
- Large SUV: Chevy Tahoe
- Large Premium SUV: Cadillac Escalade
- Large Light Duty Pickup: Chevy Avalanche and GMC Sierra 1500
- Large Heavy Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD
Many other GM vehicles were in the top three of their respective categories. View the top models by segment for Cars and for SUVs, Trucks, and Vans.
GMC Leads American Brands
Over all, GMC had the best scored among all American automotive brands.
With only 90 problems per 100 vehicles, GMC outpaced all other American brands. It was second only to high-end German brand Porsche.
The brand’s captain, the GMC Sierra, set a great pace for the lineup with a top ranking in the large light duty pickup category.
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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