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Buick Earns Top Initial Quality Honors from J.D. Power

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June 30, 2022—Buick took the No. 1 spot on J.D. Power's 2022 Initial Quality Study, helping propel General Motors to the top overall spot in the industry.

The study measures the average number of issues per 100 vehicles from a brand. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, all four of General Motors' brands—Buick, Chevy (No. 3), GMC (No. 7) and Cadillac (No. 8)—all finished in the Top 10. Dodge was ranked at No. 2, and Ford came in at No. 10.

Per the report, vehicle problems across the industry reached the highest point they have in the 36-year history of the survey. J.D. Power Global Automotive Director David Amodeo says the decline is not surprising given the challenges the industry has faced.

"In general, initial quality has shown steady improvement throughout the history of this study, so the decline this year is disappointing—yet understandable," he said per the report. "Automakers continue to launch vehicles that are more and more technologically complex in an era in which there have been many shortages of critical components to support them.

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