Over the past 26 year history of the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC have had their ups and downs. And for 2012, things took a huge move in a positive direction, with General Motors recording its best showing ever.
GM had no less than nine vehicles either receiving a segment award or placing in the top three of their respective segments, with Chevrolet and GMC coming out above the industry average, and Cadillac finishing just behind Lexus, Porsche and Jaguar. Buick finished as the second brand below the industry average, right behind Audi.
The win also came with a huge upset, as GM nabbed the top three spots in the highly competitive Large Pickup Segment from Ford and Ram, with the GMC Sierra LD, and Chevrolet Silverado HD and Avalanche, finishing one-two-three respectively.
The Chevy Malibu was also the top ranked mid-size car, beating out power-players like the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which tied for second. The Cadillac SRX ranked third among mid-sized premium SUVs — up seven spots — while the Cadillac Escalade, took home gold in the large premium SUV category. In fact, the Escalade scored third highest overall as a model, just behind the Lexus LS and Porsche 911. As for Buick, the Enclave ranked highest in Midsize Crossover/SUV — improving 10 places in its segment.
While there’s still more ground to cover, we can all tip our caps to The General for improving and coming home with a personal best.